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GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

The California GEAR UP program goal is to: Develop and sustain the organizational capacity of middle schools to prepare ALL students for high school and higher education through a statewide network of support for adults — counselors, faculty, school leaders and families — who influence middle school students. All program services are geared towards sustainability, such that school change can be successful beyond the life of the grant cycle.

Services are provided to a cohort of 48 middle schools throughout California, TAS middle school being one, with a focus on building a college-going culture and whole school change. GEAR UP staff and a contingent of program partners work in collaboration with community and school leaders, teachers, administrators, counselors and families to foster a sustainable college-going culture throughout the school community and to support student success in transitioning from middle to high school and higher education.

GEAR UP Believes:

  • That ALL students deserve an equitable education – one that provides the knowledge and skills to choose and be successful in postsecondary education pursuits;
  • That students must master rigorous academic standards to successfully progress along the pipleline from middle school to high school and into and through college;
  • That in order for students to plan for college they need to see themselves in college.


Gear Up & College Awareness Building Events, 2013-14

  • GEAR UP Week: September 23 – September 27, 2013
    • Students are encouraged to wear college apparel to school all week
    • College Door decorating during advisory classes
    • Review of A-G Requirements (A-G Bookmarks distributed to students)
    • Gear Up Banner signing during lunch
  • Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) Classes begin October 1, 2013
  • Student-Led Conferences: March 17, 2014


GEAR UP WEEK pictures from 2013 and 2012: