Major Impact of the California GEAR UP Program for the Last 18 Years
Changing school culture since 1999.
304 middle schools across half of the state’s counties in which at least 51 percent of the students are eligible for the free- or reduced-lunch program developed a college-going culture;
Leadership Teams of teachers and administrators were instituted at 304 middle schools;
middle school educators
Over 2,500 middle school educators — teachers, administrators, and counselors — participated in professional development activities designed to enhance academic rigor at their schools;
middle school students
Over 440,000 middle school students at these schools benefited from Program services;
middle school families
Over 55,000 families of middle school students learned strategies for partnering with schools and supporting their children to succeed in high school and college; and,
Educational Trust Accounts were established for 5,607 students through ScholarShare — the state’s college savings program — for $2,000 each to pay a portion of their college education. Once enrolled, a student could withdraw funds from his/her account to pay for college expenses.