GEAR UP

What is GEAR UP?

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to raise student achievement and increase access to and participation in postsecondary education within public school systems. The University of Chicago is one of several university partners in the Chicago GEAR UP Alliance.

What’s Happening in Chicago?

The Chicago GEAR UP Alliance—composed of educational and community-based organizations—partners with the Chicago Public Schools’ Office of High School Program’s Department of Postsecondary Education to use its members’ considerable talent and knowledge to raise student achievement and increase access to and participation in postsecondary education for Chicago students. It is a grant-based program that serves Chicago-area students by offering a social context for collaborative learning, performance-based assessments, and work experiences. Through GEAR UP, high school students will have opportunities to engage in rigorous academic preparation and to acquire new knowledge and skills through academic and scientific inquiry in school and the community.

Through GEAR UP, parents and students have opportunities to learn more about post-secondary education and career options.

How is the University of Chicago involved?

The University of Chicago currently works with Dunbar and Kenwood Academy high schools as part of the Chicago GEAR UP Alliance. A full range of GEAR UP activities is provided at both sites.

How is GEAR UP Funded?

The Chicago GEAR UP Alliance’s federal grant of $49.4 million dollars covers six years of programming, from 2005–2011, and serves 21 high schools and more than 10,000 students and their families.

For more information visit GEAR UP’s national website.