In September, 2005, the United States Department of Education awarded The Bronx Institute a highly competitive GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant totaling $16,315,200 over the six-year funding period (2005-2011) with $2,719,200 per year. The Bronx Institute at Lehman College of the City University of New York has chosen RKA to be part of this recently-acquired federally-funded GEAR UP
grant. This grant has been established to provide services to ensure that our seventh-grade class of 2005-2006, and will follow them until they are successful high school graduates in 2011, ready to enter a wide range of colleges and universities that Fall.
In accordance with the grant, we will be offering school site activities and programs in science, math, technology, career awareness, and college awareness. Students demonstrating a high level of school success will have opportunities for international summer travel and to attend summer residential programs at some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities. Students and their families will be offered a series of ongoing college awareness and planning workshops.
The Bronx Institute GEAR UP Network overall objectives are as follows:
· Objective 1: to increase student achievement and preparation for college.
· Objective 2: to increase students’ and families’ knowledge of postsecondary education.
· Objective 3: to enhance teachers’ knowledge and skills, particularly in the areas of science and mathematics.
· Objective 4: to extend students’ access to technology in support of their classroom instruction.
Our GEAR UP cohort is currently in the 9th grade (2007-2008 school year).