Hawthorne GEAR UP


Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federally-funded academic preparation initiative based at CSUDH. The CSUDH Hawthorne GEAR UP grant was awarded in 2017 to serve the high school graduating Class of 2024 attending Hawthorne and Leuzinger High School at Centinela Valley Union High School District (CVUHSD). Our vision is to work in partnership with educational and community institutions to support students, parents, and educators to promote higher education in the schools we serve. GEAR UP is committed to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to create and navigate their own educational pathway to success.

Our Team

  • Graciela Fernandez, Ph.D., Director
  • Kristal Cardiel, Program Coordinator Hawthorne High School
  • Janette Luevanos, Program Coordinator Leuzinger High School
  • Josie Robles, Administrative Assistant
Our Goals
  1. Increase student academic performance and preparation for post-secondary education.
  2. Increase student and their families knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation, and financing.
  3. Increase the high school graduation and post-secondary education enrollment rates.
Our Partners
Program Services
  • Academic Planning and Support
  • College and Career Exploration and Guidance
  • Parent and Family Services
  • Educator Professional Development and Training
  • Parent and Family Services
  • Other Enrichment Opportunities
  • Summer Programs
Who We Served

Beginning Fall 2020 GEAR UP Serves approximately 967 students in the HS Graduating of class of 2024:

  • Hawthorne High 
  • Leuzinger High

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