An Evaluation of Philadelphia’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP): School District of Philadelphia

GEAR UP is a national initiative whose major goal is to increase significantly the proportion of low-income students successfully continuing their education at institutions of higher education. RFA worked in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, colleges and universities, and community-based organizations to assist, document, describe and assess efforts to encourage middle and high school students towards this goal. Enhancing academic support, increasing college awareness, and encouraging family and community involvement are major activity focus areas.