GEAR UP 4 LA serves approximately 6,500 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. 50% of our students live within the Promise Zone, an area designated by President Obama’s initiative to expand educational opportunities. 26% of students within LAUSD are English Language Learners and 86.9% are below grade level in math. LAUSD has a 56% graduation rate. Although our students face challenges including transience, living below the poverty line, and being the first in their family to attend college, 96% of our students expect to achieve education beyond high school. In addition to excelling in the classroom and being leaders in their schools, GEAR UP 4 LA students are consistently recognized by their communities for their many achievements. During the 2014-15 school year, recognition included two GEAR UP 4 LA students who were awarded the prestigious Warren Christopher Scholarship.