The goal of the California Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is:
to develop and sustain the organizational capacity of middle schools to prepare all students for high school and higher education through a systemic network of support for adults who influence middle school students, specifically their counselors, faculty, school leaders and families. This expanded capacity is expected to result in a higher proportion of students, particularly from backgrounds and communities that have not historically pursued a college education, enrolling and succeeding in higher education.
This Program has three modes of services to support schools in reaching this goal:
direct service to a cohort of students through the Bridge for Students Model;
services to a cohort of middle schools through the Whole School Model; and,
services to all California middle schools through the Educational System Transformation Model.