LAUSD’s GEAR UP 4 LA is designed to raise the aspirations of low-income, traditionally underrepresented students and their families to ensure persistence in college and preparation for life-long learning.  In order to develop a culture of sustainability, GEAR UP 4 LA works with all stakeholders – students, parents and school site staff – to provide services.  This includes strong academic counseling; financial literacy awareness; extended learning programs; professional development; early college readiness tests; college visits; and mentoring.

In the past two funding cycles, GEAR UP 4 LA was awarded a total of $34 million to provide college access services to over 6,000 students attending the Belmont, Bernstein, and Robert F Kennedy Zones of Choice, West Adams Preparatory High School, and all feeder middle schools.

The U.S. Department of Education’s GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) program was created to ensure that all students have the opportunity to be prepared for and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP programs must serve all students in at least one grade level, beginning no later than the 7th grade, and following them through high school graduation and through the first year of college.  Grantees must work in partnership with institutions of higher education, as well as community and business partners to meet program goals. GEAR UP is a competitive federal grant awarding only 41 grants in 2014.

To learn more about GEAR UP 4 LA in LAUSD, visit us at

To learn more about GEAR UP, visit our national partner, the National Council for Community and Educational Partnerships (NCCEP) at Source: GEAR UP 4 LA