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GEAR UP D.C.

GEAR UP is a discretionary grant program, which encourages applicants to provide support and maintain a commitment to eligible low-income students, including students with disabilities, to assist the students in obtaining a secondary school diploma and preparing for and succeeding in postsecondary education.

$388 Mil

in annual funding

580K

students served annually

3,474

secondary schools served

DC GEAR UP Ecosystem

COORDINATING AGENCY

OSSE

Office of the State Superintendent of Education

IMPLEMENTATION PARTNER

DC-CAP

District of Columbia Access Program

EVALUATION PARTNER

Ed NW

Education Northwest

PARTNER ORGANIZATION

DCPS

District of Columbia Public Schools

PARTNER ORGANIZATION

FCSS

Friendship Charter School System

Participating Schools

DC Public Schools

  • Excel Academy
  • Hart Middle School
  • Johnson Middle School
  • Kelley Miller Middle School
  • Kramer Middle School
  • Sousa Middle School

Friendship Public Charter

  • Blow Pierce Middle School
  • Southeast Middle School
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DC GEAR UP OBJECTIVES

Objective 1

Increase rigorous GEAR UP student course taking

DC GEAR UP OBJECTIVES

Objective 2

Increase GEAR UP student graduation rates

DC GEAR UP OBJECTIVES

Objective 3

Increase GEAR UP student postsecondary enrollment rate

DC GEAR UP OBJECTIVES

Objective 4

Increase GEAR UP student and family college knowledge

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NATIONAL OBJECTIVES

Objective 1

Increase the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education for GEAR UP students

NATIONAL OBJECTIVES

Objective 2

Increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary education for GEAR UP students

NATIONAL OBJECTIVES

Objective 3

Increase education expectations and knowledge of postsecondary options, preparation, and financing among GEAR UP students and their families

NATIONAL OBJECTIVES

Objective 4

Provide scholarships for GEAR UP students enrolled in an IHE

GEAR UP Activities

*GEAR UP coaches may cover meals for approved events.

College and Career

  • College Tours
  • Speaker Series
  • College Knowledge Activities
  • Basic Financial Literacy
  • Classroom Takeovers
  • C&C Themed School Day/Week

Academic Support

  • Academic Advising
  • Tutoring Support
  • Academic Campaigns (ex. No-Cut November)

SEL

  • Student Leadership Workshops
  • Self-Discovery Activities
  • Extracurricular and Enrichment Clubs

Family Engagement

  • C&C Info Sessions
  • Financing College
  • Advocacy & Communication