Funding: GEAR UP Grant

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Success Highways has helped me change my attitude on how I think about school.”

- Roosevelt High School Student, San Antonio, TX

What are GEAR UP grants?
GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) focus on increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services in high-poverty middle and high schools. Grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school.

How is GEAR UP funding distributed?
Institutions of Higher Education, Local Education Agencies, and State Education Agencies may apply for these competitive federal grants. State grants are competitive six-year matching grants that must include 1) an early intervention component designed to increase college attendance and success, 2) raise expectations of low-income students, and 3) include a scholarship component. Partnership grants are competitive six-year matching grants that 1) must support an early intervention component and 2) may support a scholarship component designed to increase college attendance and success and raise the expectations of low-income students.

How can GEAR UP funding be used?
Funding can be used to provide mentoring, outreach, and support services to participating students. This includes: providing financial aid information about postsecondary education, encouraging student enrollment in rigorous and challenging curricula and coursework, implementing activities that help students obtain a secondary school diploma, supporting students with completing college applications, providing tutors, conducting outreach programs, helping students meet state standards, developing graduation and career plans, providing extended day learning programs, or offering other activities designed to ensure secondary school completion and postsecondary enrollment of at-risk children.

What ScholarCentric solutions can be part of a GEAR UP grant?
ScholarCentric’s middle and high school materials, technology, and services align well with GEAR UP funding in the following categories: increase student achievement and expectations, implement early intervention solutions to raise performance, and support students from low-income areas.

The Success Highways Resiliency Assessments measure students’ aptitude in six resiliency areas that have been shown by research to dramatically impact academic achievement. The data reports provided after students take the Success Highways Resiliency Assessments provide educators with insight into the root causes of frequent absences, poor behavior, and low grades. When viewed in combination with attendance, coursework, and behavior data, educators have a complete picture of the whole student and can initiate interventions to more effectively support students’ needs.

The Success Highways Resiliency Curriculum develops the critical resiliency skills that are scientifically linked to improved student engagement, achievement, and graduation rates. Using Success Highways early-warning assessments, educators can identify which students are at risk of academic failure and/or dropping out and why they struggle. With Success Highways Resiliency Curriculum, teachers can assure that all students gain or maintain the ability to succeed in school.

ScholarCentric’s professional development services are designed to facilitate the creation of a district- or school-wide culture of resiliency. On-site or online sessions provide educators with the knowledge, skills and confidence to use resiliency data and teach the six skills that can dramatically impact student performance.

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