We offer 3 pre-college programs to support college and career success for grades 6-12.

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Our mission is to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. This program provides academic, counseling, and financial literacy services to students in grades 7-12 from area schools. Students are supported through workshops, Saturday Academy, Summer Program, field trips, parent events, comprehensive mentoring and more. We seek to build a strong partnership between students, their parents/guardians, and schools to ensure student success! Are you eligible?

Services We Offer:

  • Academic and personal counseling
  • NJSLA, PSAT, and SAT prep classes
  • A 6-week summer program on a college campus
  • Help with college applications
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Mentoring
  • After-school tutoring
  • College visits and tours
  • Financial aid information workshops
  • Cultural and educational field trips
  • Assistance with applying for college grants and scholarships
  • Academic and socio-emotional support services to students during their first year of college

Are You Eligible?

If you are in grades 7th-12th and attend one of the schools below, you qualify for this FREE Program!

  • Alexander Hamilton
  • PS #2 ES
  • PS #10 ES
  • Garret Morgan Academy
  • Great Falls Academy
  • Harp Academy
  • Panther Academy
  • East Side HS
  • International HS


GEAR UP College Bound Program is funded by the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) and College Bound grants. GEAR UP is funded by the United States Department of Education through a partnership with the N.J. Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) and PCCC. College Bound is funded by The State of New Jersey and administered by OSHE.

NJ State Website for more information

Contact Us

Questions? Email us at [email protected]

Thomas Askew
Assistant Director
[email protected]
ext. 5201

Rafael Diaz-Granados
[email protected] ext. 5912

Zende Clark 
GEAR UP Curriculum Specialist
[email protected]
ext. 5786