MLK Jr. achieves 47 point API Increase!

MLK APICongratulations to California GEAR UP school Martin Luther King Jr. Technology Academy, Twin Rivers Unified School district for a 47 point API increase from 2008-2009. This increase is part of the 60 point API increase at MLK over the last two years. It takes an entire school working together to realize such gains, and California GEAR UP is proud to have you as one of our schools! For more information on what the API is, follow this link:

National GEAR UP Day Press Conference at Valley High School

Valley High School in Elk Grove Unified School District in Sacramento hosted a press conference and a wide array of activities for honored guests on September 18, 2009 in celebration of 10 years of California GEAR UP. Highlights of the day included visits to the GEAR UP Parent Center, a panel of GEAR UP Leadership Skills Initiative Students, and a press conference featuring State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, a student speaker from the Leadership Skills Initiative (LSI), and a parent volunteer. An amazing turnout of education professionals, state political figures, and national and international education organizations.

Guest list included: Valley High School Staff; EGUSD Superintendent Dr. Steven M. Ladd; Shelley Davis, Director of California GEAR UP; Penny Edgert Coordinator California Education Round Table (ICC); Assembly Member Alyson Huber; EGUSD Board Members Chet Madison, Sr. and Jeanette Amavisca; R.E. Graswich, Special Assistant to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson; Peter Stephens, Executive Vice-President of National Council for Community and Education Partnerships – GEAR UP DC;  Diana Fuentes-Michel, Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission; Penni Hansen, California Department of Education; Whitney Yamamura, Vice-President of Instruction and Student Learning; Bill DelBonta Principal, Jackman MS; Ernest Black, College Board; Deborah Muramoto, California Capital SBDC; Michelle Dyke; Victoria Harris, Field Rep for Senator Darrell Steinberg; UC Davis; Zeny Agullana, Scholarshare; Karen Humphrey, California Postsecondary Education Commission.








Franklin Middle School is GEARING UP California Style

Students at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Vallejo, CA pose in front of their GEAR UP bulletin board. Teachers at Franklin are preparing to implement GEAR UP services at their school by changing all teacher team names on campus to that of community college and UC colleges. They are also sending oversize thank you letters to their US Senators and Representatives to show their gratitude in supporting America’s future leaders….the students of Franklin Middle School.


Davidson Middle School Celebrates California GEAR UP

Natl Gear UPDavidson Middle School in San Rafael, CA celebrates National GEAR UP Day. Staff is wearing their college colors and sharing college experiences with students in their classrooms. Great way to kick off the year, Davidson.

Garnet J. Robertson Intermediate School Celebrates GEAR UP!

Robertson Intermediate in Daly City, CA celebrates National GEAR UP Day with a dreams posters made by each class. Great pictures from a great school. Thanks Robertson!!





Edendale Middle School Celebrates National GEAR UP Day with ‘Dreams and Goals’

Edendale Middle School in San Lorenzo, CA Celebrates National GEAR UP Day by having students participate in a ‘Dreamsand Goals Wall’. Go Edendale!!


Agenda for National GEAR UP Day San Francisco Announced



Sponsored by California GEAR UP


September 17, 2009


1-pm-2pm       Horace Mann Students Arrive at Everett Middle School

  • Video viewing: “GEAR UP 10 Years” and NCCEP: 16 Summers
  •  Welcome Address from School Principals 
  •  Keynote Speaker: Rod Santos, San Francisco City College
  •  Mayor Gavin Newsom staff: Presentation to GEAR UP programs 
  • ACT-Explore student announcement 

2pm – 3pm      The College Experience: Student workshops

  • SF State student panelists
  • SF Ed Fund (translation)
  • Student QandA
  • *Raffle for Prizes and Gifts*


Ice Cream Social: Sponsored by California GEAR UP



San Francisco Unified School District GEAR UP
Everett and Horace Mann Middle School
San Francisco Promise
San Francisco City College
San Francisco State University
San Francisco Ed. Fund
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

Agenda for National GEAR UP Day Sacramento Announced


September 18, 2009 



A Collaborative Commitment to Close the Achievement Gap

8:00-8:10am   Morning Announcement: National GEAR UP Day

8:10-8:45am   Press Conference with Superintendent O’Connell

  • Opening Welcome: Principal McDonald
  • Recognize Special Guests
  • Remarks: Superintendent Steven Ladd
  • Remarks: Shelley Davis
  • The Valley-GEAR UP Collaborative
  • Presentation to Superintendent O’Connell
  • Family Speaker:  A School Community in Action
  • Student Speakers:  Beating the Odds at Valley

8:45-9:20 am  Campus Tour

  • Valley/GEAR UP Family Center
  • Valley Classroom Visitations

9:20-10:00am     Principal MacDonald

  • Refreshments
  • Student Achievement Gap Panel

Rivera Middle School Celebrates Students Dreams

Rivera Middle School in Merced, CA is celebrating National GEAR UP Day by having a dream wall in their gym. All day on Friday, September 18 students will be talking about their college and career dreams in class and walking down to the gym and placing them on the wall. 

We are looking forward to posting photos of the wall when completed! Thanks Rivera!