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Program Purpose

The programmatic focus of the California GEAR UP Program is to develop and sustain the capacity of feeder sets of middle and high schools to prepare all students for higher education through a systemic network of support for the adults who influence secondary school students. By expanding the capacity of the adults, the expected result will be a greater proportion of students will graduate from high school and be able to access a greater array of postsecondary options without the need for remediation.


Program Duration

September 2018- September 2024

Schools will become part of the California GEAR UP network and will receive services that to ensure that ALL students are ready to enter and succeed in the higher educational setting of their choice.


Program Philosophy

The California GEAR UP Program is guided by the following philosophy
  • data analysis is a critical component in building a sustainable school-wide academically rigorous college-going culture;
  • principals are the instructional leaders at their site who function to support teachers in providing rigorous and aligned content;
  • participation in a regional community of practice offers the opportunity to align practices, create seamless transitions from middle to high school, and promote collaboration; and,
  • tools, resources, materials, information, and guidance are crucial for educators to support students and their families in preparing for college.


Program Services and Partnerships

Support services are determined in collaboration with school site leadership and the GEAR UP Program Leadership. 
The principal services include, but are not limited to:

Diagnostic Assessments and Evaluation of Student Achievement

  • Equity and Access Initiative: University of California, Merced;
  • Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Program (MDTP);
  • Eligibility for Public Higher Education: University of California’s Transcript Evaluation Service;
  • Using student achievement data to determine successful practices: Educational Results Partnership; and,
  • Progress monitoring and formative assessment support.

Teacher Professional Development

Applying College and Career Equity-based Stem Strategies (ACCESS);

California Subject Matter Projects (CSMP);

Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum (ERWC);

College Board’s Spring Board; and,

Site Leadership Professional Development

  • School Site Leadership: California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP); and,
  • Regional Community of Practice to align, problem solve, and network around effective practices.

Family-Centered Partnerships

  • Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE); and,
  • Coalition for Educational Partnerships (CEP).