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Welcome to GEAR UP Class of 2020

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a nation-wide, federally funded grant initiative offered through the U.S. Department of Education.  The program will follow all current 9th graders at Edison, class of 2020, through their first year of college. 

Five key objectives:

  • Increase GEAR UP students’ academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education
  • Increase GEAR UP students’ rate of high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment
  • Increase GEAR UP students’ and families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation and financing
  • Increase percentage of GEAR UP students who enroll and succeed in postsecondary education
  • Increase the preparation of teachers and staff to teach and serve GEAR UP students

Services Provided:

  • GEAR UP Site Coordinator dedicated to students, families, and school staff to help find college related resources.
  • Prepare students academically for college and careers by using a postsecondary tool to track their progress
  • Ongoing support from School Counselors at least twice a year to stay on track towards graduation and achieving graduation standards.
  • Attend informational sessions to learn about the variety of college and career options, how to apply for college, adn how to pay for college.
  • Provide opportunities for students to visit and tour colleges, and participate in summer program.
  • Offer Support services such as, mentorship with college students, tutoring, and engagement in afterschool activities.

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