A second GEAR UP grant has been awarded to Santa Ana Unified School District for the 2002-03 academic year. GEAR UP II Santa Ana serves two new middle schools -- Lapthrop and Willard and two new comprehensive high schools -- Century and Santa Ana high schools. All together, GEAR UP Santa Ana serves 4 middle schools-Carr, Lapthrop, McFadden, and Willard and 4 high schools-Century, Saddleback, Santa Ana, and Valley with a student body over 15,000 students.
GEAR UP I Santa Ana
GEAR UP I Santa Ana has successfully served another 2,156 students this year. Using the add-a-cohort model, the number of students served this year was about 6, 000. Beside involvement in rigorous Language Arts and mathematics programs, students fully enjoyed activities provided by the counseling/guidance component. A team of 37 presenters from Santa Ana College, University of California at Irvine, California State University at Fullerton, and Santa Ana Unified School District have delivered 611 Homeroom for College presentations to students. Almost every month during the school year, students had the opportunity to visit a college/university campus. UCLA, UCI, CSUF, SAC, Soka University, Occidental College were among the campuses they have visited. This year, 576 students took advantage of this opportunity.
GEAR UP II Santa Ana
GEAR UP II has implemented Homeroom for College for students at Lapthrop and Willard intermediate schools. Close to 1,200 students received five college information lessons during their school year. In the mean time, administrators, faculty, and staff at the school sites were working closely with the University of California, Irvine to provide professional development for teachers and develop a comprehensive plan to implement the rigorous Language Arts and mathematics programs at their school sites.
Summer Residential Program (SRP)
Eighth grade GEAR UP students were offered the opportunity to participate in the Summer Residential Program at UCI. The 8-day SRP is designed to help students make the transition from middle school to high school and help them stay on the path toward becoming competitively eligible UC applicants. One hundred students will be selected for the program. During the 8-day in residence at the University of California, Irvine, students will be introduced to topics such as Algebra or Geometry and Freshman English Writing. Students will also explore the world of higher education through presentations on university readiness, campus resources, majors, and career options.
Parent Residential Experience Program (PREP)
The Parent Residential Experience Program is a three-day, two-night residential experience for parents of first-generation college bound students. PREP is designed to introduce parents to the university and strengthen their understanding of the pre-collegiate process. These parents will serve as parent leaders to share their experience and knowledge with other parents at their child's school.