RISE UP/GEAR UP

How it Works

In 2011, the GEAR UP/RISE UP grant for $27.72 million from U.S. Department of Education serves 4,955 students over 7 years, beginning in the 6th/7th grades (fall 2011), through high school graduation and into their first year of college (fall 2018). In 2017, the GEAR UP/RISE UP grant for $29.32 million from the Department of Education serves 5355 students over 7 years, beginning in the 6th/7th grades (fall 2017), through high school graduation and into their first year of college (fall 2024).

Increasing students’ readiness for college includes: a rigorous STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum and year-round enrichment activities, instructional support and tutoring, SAT (Standardized Achievement Test required by many colleges for admission) preparation, STEM career-related field trips, financial aid awareness, and visits to college campuses.

Project Lead The Way is a STEM focused curriculum in Engineering and Biomedical Sciences that many schools in the RISE UP partnership have adopted to raise the level of academic rigor in the classroom, resulting in students being better prepared for college.

Providing parents with important information and workshops regarding college entrance requirements, the application process, and financial aid – and teachers with ongoing STEM curriculum training and professional development, are also key components to the success of the program.

Middle and high school staff design and carry out most of the GEAR UP/RISE UP activities. Our partner organizations provide curriculum support, student mentorship programs, and professional development opportunities for teachers, as well as college campus-based events and tours that expose students to college life.