Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
The mission of the St. John’s University GEAR UP program is to serve as a vehicle that will enable academically and/or economically disadvantaged students to graduate middle and high school and pursue post secondary education. Through a broad range of academic and social support services, we will provide our students with a solid academic background that will enable them to succeed and become lifelong learners and productive citizens of society.
St. John's University
St. John Hall, B-13
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
Fax: 718-990-2383[email protected]
St. John’s University received one of 30 federal partnership GEAR UP grants in September 2014. The program is designed to increase high school graduation and college enrollment rate in high povery communities while providing a plethora of academic, social, and community support. Services will be offered over the next seven years. Our target population consists of 650-7th graders attending the Joseph Pulitzer Junior High School (IS 145), in Jackson Heights, NY. Using a cohort approach, the students enrolled in the program during years one and two will be tracked throughout high school and into college. During years three through six of the program, SJU will provide services to GEAR UP scholars attending William Cullen Bryant High School (primary high school) and other local high schools. St. John’s University’s GEAR UP provides each school with mentors, in addition to establishing an after school program. Students are exposed to college events and activities through field trips to St. John’s University.
Goal 1—Improve the number of students obtaining a secondary diploma and enrolling in postsecondary education
Goal 2—Promote student and family understanding of financial literacy as well as academic requirements for college
Goal 3—Increase student enrollment in rigorous and challenging curricula and coursework to decrease the need for remediation at the postsecondary level
Goal 4—Enhance teacher quality through professional development on common core state standards
Goal 5—Enhance the use of data to improve instructional practice, student outcomes, and program implementation
Goal 6—Foster the replication and sustainability of GEAR UP intervention strategies for after federal funding has ceased
Alexandra Marquez, M.S.Ed.
Partner High Schools
Long Island City High School
Long Island City, NY 11106
William Cullen Bryant High School
48-10 31st Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11103