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Who is in GEAR UP?
GEAR UP works with the graduating classes of 2024 and 2025 at Chavez, Jefferson, Lincoln, and King Middle School.

Is there an application?
No. If you are a student attending one of the four   Middle Schools, and are in a graduating class of either 2024 or 2025, congratulations, you are already a GEAR UP Student!

How much does it cost?
GEAR UP is 100% FREE for participating students! Funding for the program comes from a federal grant awarded by the Department of Education.

GEAR UP Tutoring

Are you in 8th grade? Do you need help doing your schoolwork or studying for an upcoming test?

Stop by the GEAR UP room during lunch or after school!

We are Rockstars and we hang out with you to help you advance! 

Even if you are already an A+ student, we have tips & tricks for studying that will help you in College and Beyond!


Monday - Friday  (Open till 3:30 pm)


Join our GEAR UP Google Classroom using class code: 5aeeyyl

*Zoom meeting details can be found in Google Class.

We take field trips to lots of cool places! Join us!

Reach out to a GEAR UP Mentor today!

CHECK OUT our amazing GEAR UP opportunities below!

What is gear up?

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for           Undergraduate Programs) is a federal partnership grant awarded to MiraCosta College to partner with Oceanside Unified School District at the four Middle Schools ( Chavez, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Martin Luther King Jr.) to increase long term career and post secondary success for students. 

GEAR UP works to support two cohorts of students (the class of 2024 and 2025, which this year happens to be 7th and 8th graders) and offers them the academic skills, information and encouragement they need to not only graduate from high school, but apply and attend an institution of higher education.


1. Increase academic performance and preparation for
post-secondary education.
2. Increase high school graduation rates and participation in
post-secondary education. 
3. Increase GEAR UP students’ and families’ knowledge of
post-secondary education options, preparation and financing.


Below is a brief description of services GEAR UP provides to our 8th grade students:

1. In-class tutoring (Math, Language Arts, and Science) Tutors are placed in selected classes to support the teacher and students.

2. Lunch/After School tutoring (room D-5) open Monday-Friday.

3. Educational Field Trips ( First come first serve basis). No need to pay, students just need to submit a permission slip. Announcements will be made and flyers will be provided.

4. Student Ambassador Program (Application available in the GEAR UP room).

5. GEAR UP Bucks  (Students earn fake money (GEAR UP bucks) by attending lunch/after school tutoring and completing work, tutors at their discretion give out bucks during in-class tutoring, attending field trips, and workshops). 


GEAR UP Coordinator

Angelica Zamora




GEAR UP Mentors:

Brayam Hernandez

Enrique Juarez

Jordonna Makihele

Nika Zimmerman