Science, Math and Technology (SMT) College Bound/GEAR-UP Program

The SMT College Bound/GEAR-UP Program is a year round academic pre-college program that serves 6th – 12 grade students attending target school in the Paterson School District. The program provides academic support and college preparation activities to middle and high school students. The program guides students on the path to a college or university and provides tools for academic success.

Program services include:

  • Academic Instruction in Rigorous College Prep Course Work
  • Standardized Test Preparation for ASK8, SAT and HSPA
  • Cultural & Community Enrichment Activities
  • Character Education
  • Academic, College and Career Guidance and Counseling
  • Financial Planning and Parent Workshops Information Session


GEAR-UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a discretionary grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by New Jersey Higher Education. Its goal is to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. 

The program provides:

    • Academic instruction on Saturdays during the school year
    • After school tutoring
    • College visits and tours
    • College application assistance
    • Financial aid and information workshops
    • Mentoring
    • Academic and personal counseling
    • GEPA, HSPA, PSAT, and SAT preparation
    • Cultural and education field trips
    • Scholarships

Programs Are Free

There is no cost to enroll in or to attend activities. This program is funded by a grant through the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education. Students are required to complete an application, attend an interview accompanied by their parent/guardian, and sign a participation commitment contract. Program help Students?

Student Achievement

When students join SMT COLLEGE BOUND/GEAR UP, they begin preparing themselves for college success. Program staff, tutors, teachers, counselors, and mentors assist them with school work, college applications, standardized tests, and personal concerns. Students gain the skills they need to succeed in school and at the college level.

Parental Involvement

Parents attend a variety of interesting workshops developed specifically for them, they meet regularly with staff regarding the education plan for their child, and there are a variety of volunteer opportunities that are also available to them. Also parents can attend local and statewide conferences related to educational issues that may affect their child.