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Nine Schools Win GEAR UP Grants

One sixth of the schools selected to receive the state’s highly competitive California GEAR UP grants this year are from the Long Beach Unified School District.  The nine grant-winning schools — among only 54 in California — include Burcham, Butler, Monroe and Tincher K-8 schools; DeMille, Franklin, Hill, and Hoover middle schools; and Lindsey International Studies Magnet.

“We are very fortunate to have so many schools chosen for this year’s planning grant,” said Frank Gutierrez, program administrator, GEAR UP.  “This attests to the exemplary efforts being made by our schools to equip every student for college and careers.”

Each school is deeply committed to continue to improve its college-going culture for all students.  At the end of this year’s planning phase, 45 schools statewide will continue on to participate in the intensive services portion of GEAR UP from 2009 to 2011.

Grant funds of up to $7,500 per school will be available annually for professional development.  GEAR UP sponsors counseling institutes for school staff who provide academic counseling to students.  Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) family sessions are provided for all schools.

Each student in GEAR UP schools will receive College: Making It Happen materials and be invited to events hosted at local colleges.  GEAR UP supports College Board pre-AP workshops and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) efforts.  GEAR UP Educational Trust Awards are also available.  Student applications are due at the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) office in March.