NJ GEAR UP/College Bound began as The Consortium for Pre-College Education in Greater Newark/New Jersey College Bound Program in 1986, as a collaboration between the Newark Public Schools and the state of New Jersey. The federal GEAR UP program component was awarded in 1999 to provide additional student services.
NJ GEAR UP/ College Bound 6th through second year college.
The program offers educational support to middle, high school and college freshman to help them prepare for and enroll in a college or university. Students participate in a four- to six-week summer program and/or a 20-week academic-year program that includes Saturday instruction, field trips, college tours and other support services. Participants are also offered in-school and after-school tutoring during the school year at designated target schools.
Upward Bounf for English Language Learners (UBELLs), 9th -12th grades.
This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is designed to address the needs of low-income and first-generation prospective college students. The types of services offered include a 20-week academic-year program and a six-week summer program. Special emphasis is placed on assisting students to achieve English competence, while providing academic instruction in mathematics, science, communication skills, computer applications and Spanish.