GEAR UP

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The Temple University GEAR UP program provides academic success and college exploration for students and families in our partner schools. Last year, we served over 350 middle and high school students and worked with more than 50 Temple University students. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federal program to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education Temple’s role is aid in this process by raising academic achievement, parent involvement, and exposure to college and other post-secondary options. 

Temple’s College of Education’s Intergenerational Center partners with the School District of Philadelphia and other Philadelphia area colleges and universities doing this work through PHENND (Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development) and its k-16 Network.

College Preparation
GEAR UP

Partnership
Partnership

Family Engagement
Family Engagement

Who We Are

The Temple University GEAR UP program provides academic success and college exploration for students and families in our partner schools. Last year, we served over 350 middle and high school students and worked with more than 50 Temple University students. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federal program to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education Temple’s role is aid in this process by raising academic achievement, parent involvement, and exposure to college and other post-secondary options.

Temple’s College of Education’s Intergenerational Center partners with the School District of Philadelphia and other Philadelphia area colleges and universities doing this work through PHENND (Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development) and its k-16 Network.

What We Do

College Prep

About 50 Temple undergrads serve as GEAR UP Coaches in our partner high schools, focusing on math and literacy achievement. Most coaches serve during the school day, working with teachers in their classrooms, in small group tutoring, or individual tutoring. They may also serve during after school programs, helping with homework, specific curricula, or just getting to know high school students as people.

We also enhanced college visits for our partner schools. Past enrichment activities have included a hands-on visit to the student radio station, participating in mini-courses with Temple professors, and a customized exploration of the Temple University Urban Archives.

Partnership Building

TU GEAR UP partners with Temple faculty to develop STEAM workshops for our partner schools to enhance academic understanding and to spark future interest and engagement. Students have the opportunity to explore careers and educational pathways related to the research areas of our Temple faculty.

Family Engagement

GEAR UP believes in the power of Parents as Equal Partners in the academic and post-secondary success for our youth. We bring families together to create a college-going culture in our community. Our goal is to help families support their young scholars through resources and information about post-secondary options and next steps to prepare both academically and financially.

GEAR UP Coaches

Fifty Temple University students serve as GEAR UP Coaches each semester. Students from a wide variety of academic and socio-economic backgrounds comprise our Coaching pool, participating as volunteers and service-learning students. Whether placed in a school classroom, after-school program, or as a tutor for small groups, each coach makes a difference by helping District students with academic achievement and by introducing students to real life college experience.

Learn more about becoming a GEAR UP coach >>

Our Schools

High Schools

  • Benjamin Franklin High School
  • Kensington High School
  • Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts
  • Edison High School
  • Frankford High School
  • Penn Treaty High School

Middle Schools

  • Hartranft Elementary School
  • McKinley Elementary School
  • Potter Thomas Elementary School
  • Julia DeBurgos Elementary School
  • Zeigler Elementary School
  • Hunter Elementary School

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The Intergenerational Center at Temple University
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Philadelphia, PA 19122
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