Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a program designed to increase students’ aspirations toward high school and beyond and ultimately increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
The purpose of this course is to prepare students for college readiness and success. Students will receive instruction, supported by state standards, in areas that include:
- Student Agency - activities that focus on student initiative, problem solving, decision making, leadership, and community involvement;
- Rigorous Academic Preparedness - academic success skills with activities that focus on writing, mathematics, collaboration, public speaking, and organization; and
- College and Careers - activities related to college preparation and building career knowledge.
This course will target students in the academic middle with the desire to attend college and the willingness to work hard. Through participation in this course, students will be well equipped to access and complete rigorous courses with the end goal being matriculation into and completion of postsecondary educational programs.
Eligibility for this course could be be determined by the student’s grade 10 FSA scores and Lexile levels. Students scoring at FSA Levels 2/3 and with a Lexile level = 680 could be given priority for this course.
English Language Development (ELD) Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: http://www.cpalms.org/uploads/docs/standards/eld/SI.pdf.
As well as any certification requirements listed on the course description, the following qualifications may also be acceptable for the course:
Any field when certification reflects a bachelor or higher degree.