Clearinghouse Overview

The California State GEAR UP Resources and Materials Clearinghouse is a dynamic, one-stop source for information that is customized to assist middle school educators in preparing their students and families for college. The Clearinghouse is a comprehensive reference tool that can be used to help educate the middle school community on the availability of college planning information.

Here is a quick guide to the Top Ten Links from the Clearinghouse.

The Clearinghouse is available in three distinct formats:

  1. The Website
  2. Educators' Kit and
  3. College Corner.



visit the Resources & Materials Clearinghouse website

This website provides middle school educators with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions posed by families about the college-going process. It has listings of quality educational resources, websites reviewed and recommended by middle school educators, and a virtual college tour video. A curriculum training guide is also included and provides educators with lesson plans that are ready to use in the classroom, in after-school programs, or in parent workshops and conferences.

The website includes:

  • Presentations for parents on college awareness plus classroom curriculum
  • Links to financial aid websites
  • A Glossary of Frequently Used College Related Terms
  • PowerPoint Presentations of the Frequently Asked Questions in both English (MAC and PC Versions) and in Spanish (PC Only) Spanish translation of the Parents Section-Frequently Asked Questions.


The Educator's Kit is another method to get the website features. In addition to the notebook's printed information, a CD-ROM containing the contents of the Clearinghouse is included in the kit.





The College Corner is a model for schools on how to develop their own on-site college corner. This interactive, state of the art, multimedia activity center is designed to encourage active college exploration. The activity center also includes a storage area to house any frequently used college awareness publications and materials. It can be used for individual or group activities, demonstrations and instruction.