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California GEAR UP focuses on academic excellence for all students in order to develop a college-going culture at the middle school.

GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of the program is to significantly increase the number of low-income middle and high school students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. 

GEAR UP provides both State and partnership grants. Through a competitive process, awardees receive six or seven year grants to provide services designed to raise the expectations of low-income students and families and to increase college attendance and success.