California GEAR UP Welcomes 45 Middle Schools

Spring 2009 | | May 19, 2009 at 12:40 pm

California GEAR UP has selected 45 middle schools to continue their efforts to develop a college-going culture with California GEAR UP. These schools participated in school-site sessions that included an orientation to GEAR UP, facilitation on school perceptions and attitudes with the school Leadership Team, and website training on available resources by Regional Coordinators. During the spring Planning Phase the schools also sent staff members to other professional development trainings: principals attended the Principals Institute in Oakland while academic counseling staff and teachers attended one of the four Counseling Institutes. Each school also established a baseline for evaluation by completing a school survey in February.

The first off-site workshops will occur in October 2009 with the Principal and Leadership Team Institute at which the Leadership Team members will begin using the School-Self Assessment Rubric (SSAR) to determine their school progress on six criteria. From this self- assessment, Leadership Team members will create a Professional Development Action Plan (PDAP) with a budget for GEAR UP. Through professional readings and dialogue focusing on school practices, Leadership Team members will gain knowledge of tested strategies that improve the academic skills of students and close the achievement gap.

GEAR UP also provides two programs that support family engagement at schools. The Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), a GEAR UP partner, will contact schools to schedule a series of workshops for families, provided in the language of the parents. The Family Initiatives Project (FIP) will contact selected schools to arrange workshops or a Family University Day event, targeting English-speaking and African-American families.

The California GEAR UP staff is excited to be working with middle school staff, parents and community leaders who have already demonstrated a commitment to instituting a college-going culture at their schools. The two-year intensive program for the following 45 schools begins September 1, 2009 and continues through September 2011:

 

School City School District
Brannan Middle School Sacramento Sacramento City Unified
Burcham K-8 Long Beach Long Beach USD
Butler School Long Beach Long Beach USD
Cactus Middle School Palmdale Palmdale SD
Cali Calmecac Language Academy Windsor Windsor Unified
Chavez Middle School Lynwood Lynwood USD
Dana Middle School San Pedro LAUSD
Davidson Middle School San Rafael San Rafael City Schools
Edendale Middle School San Lorenzo San Lorenzo USD
Einstein Middle School Sacramento Sacramento City Unified
Everett Middle School San Francisco SFUSD
Franklin Classical Middle School Long Beach Long Beach USD
Franklin Middle School Vallejo Vallejo City Unified
Harden Middle School Salinas Salinas Union HSD
Harris, Jr. Middle School Elk Grove Elk Grove USD
Henry Middle School Granada Hills LAUSD
Hill Classical Middle School Long Beach Long Beach USD
Hoover Middle School Merced Merced City SD
Hoover Middle School Lakewood Long Beach USD
Jefferson Middle School San Gabriel San Gabriel USD
King Technology Academy Sacramento Twin Rivers USD
Kucera Middle School Rialto Rialto
La Cumbre Junior High School Santa Barbara Santa Barbara High
La Paz Middle School Salinas Salinas Union HSD
Liechty Middle School Los Angeles LAUSD
Mann Middle School San Francisco San Francisco USD
Mesa Intermediate School Palmdale Palmdale SD
Mesa Linda Middle School Victorville Adelanto SD
Monroe K-8 School Lakewood Long Beach USD
Parks Middle School Sacramento Sacramento City Unified
Pio Pico Span School Los Angeles LAUSD
Pixley Union Elementary School Pixley Pixley USD
Pleasant View School Porterville Pleasant View Elementary SD
Porter Middle School/ Gifted Magnet Granada Hills LAUSD
Rivera Middle School Merced Merced City SD
Robertson Intermediate School Daly City Bayshore SD
Solano Middle School Vallejo Vallejo City Unified
Stratford Elementary School Stratford Central Union SD
Tenaya Middle School Merced Merced City SD
Tincher Preparatory School Long Beach Long Beach USD
Twain Middle School Los Angeles LAUSD
Upland Junior High School Upland Upland Unified
Wilmington Middle School Wilmington LAUSD
Wood Middle School Sacramento Sacramento City Unified
Yermo School Yermo Silver Valley Unified

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