DRAFT – 2/9/2000

Archived Information
SURVEY OF GEAR UP PARTICIPANTS
(High School Grades)

A.

SCHOOL AND SCHOOL WORK

1.

Who usually helps you with your homework.
Yes
Your mother, father or guardian...................
Another adult in your home.........................
A <GEAR UP> Tutor..................................
A <GEAR UP> mentor................................
A teacher at your school outside
your regular classroom.........................
Your brother(s) or sister(s)...........................
A classmate or friend...................................
Someone else
Who?

2.

No








Compared with other students, how hard do you think you work in school?
Much harder......................
Harder................................
About the same..................
Not as hard........................
Much less hard..................

3.

What type of student do you consider yourself?
Excellent............................
Good..................................
Fair....................................
Poor...................................

4.

Have you talked with anyone at your school about the . . .
Yes
courses you need to take to
graduate from high school?....................
grades you need to get to graduate
from high school?...................................

No


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5.

How many years of each of the following types of courses do you need to graduate from high school?

Mathematics
English
Foreign Language
Science
6.

None

1

2

3

4

Don’t know



















How important to you is what each of the following people think you should do about your education?
(CHECK ONE BOX EACH ROW)
Not
Somewhat
Very
important
important
important
Parent(s) or Guardian(s).............................................
Teacher(s) ..................................................................
Guidance Counselor(s)...............................................
Principal or Assistant Principal..................................
Religious leader (minister, priest, rabbi, etc.)............
Coach..........................................................................
Friend(s) ....................................................................
GEAR UP staff (mentors, tutors, other staff, etc.).....
Someone else
Who?
............

B.
7.








PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

Do you think you will continue your education after high school?
Yes
No
Not Sure

8.










Who gives you most of your information about your options for continuing your education after high
school?
Parent(s) or Guardian(s)....................................................
Guidance Counselor(s)......................................................
Teacher(s) .........................................................................
A <GEAR UP> tutor.........................................................
A <GEAR UP> mentor.....................................................
Principal or Assistant Principal.........................................
Brother(s) or sister(s).........................................................
Coach.................................................................................
Religious leader (minister, priest, rabbi, etc.)...................
Friend(s) ...........................................................................
Someone else
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..........

Who?
9.

Have you taken or are you planning to take the following tests?

PSAT.................................................
SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test).........
ACT (American College Testing).....
Some other college admissions
tests..............................................
Advanced Placement (AP) test.........
ASVAB (Armed Services
Vocational Aptitude Battery)
.....................................................
10.

Never
heard of test

No, I don’t
plan to take

Yes, I’ve
already taken it

Yes, I plan
to take it













How far in school do you think you will get after high school? (CHECK ONLY ONE)
Don’t plan to continue education after high school.............
Certificate (less than 2 year degree)....................................
AA or Associate’s degree (2-year degree)...........................
BA or Bachelor’s degree (4-5 year degree).........................
Graduate or professional degree (MA, Ph.D., law, MD).....
Don’t know how far.............................................................

11.

What is the main reason you would not continue your education after high school?
(CHECK ONE)
It costs too much or I cannot afford it..............................................................
I need or want to work......................................................................................
My grades are not good enough.......................................................................
I’m just not interested.......................................................................................
I want to join the military service.....................................................................
I want to start a family or I need to take care of my family ............................
Some other reason
What reason?
.....................

C.

KNOWLEDGE ABOUT COLLEGE

12.

Have you talked with your school counselor or someone else at your school about the entrance
requirements for college?
Yes......................
No.......................

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13.

Do you have any idea what courses you should take in high school to prepare you for college?
Yes......................
No.......................

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14.

Have you heard of the following types of postsecondary schools?
Yes
No
2-year or community college..............................

4-year college or university................................

Vocational, trade or business school...................

15.

How much do you think it costs to attend a 4-year public college in your state?

4-year public college

16.

$_________

How important do you think getting an education beyond high school is to your future?
Very important...................
Somewhat important.........
Not important....................
Don’t know........................

17.

Do you think a person with a college degree earns more money in a year than a person who does not have a
college degree?
Definitely..........................
Probably............................
Not Sure............................
I doubt it............................
Definitely not....................

18.

FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ONLY: Have you applied to any colleges for next year?
No, I don’t plan on attending college.........................................
No, but I plan to apply................................................................
Yes, I applied to a 4-year college or university..........................
Yes, I applied to a 2-year college................................................

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19.

Have you heard of the following sources of money for college?
Federal Pell Grants.................................................
Federal student loans..............................................
Federal work-study.................................................
State scholarships...................................................
Institutional scholarships........................................
Private or academic scholarships...........................
Athletic scholarships..............................................

20.

Yes

No













Do you think you will qualify for enough of the above financial assistance to attend college?
Yes......................
No.......................
Don’t know.........

21.

Do you think you will be able to afford to attend a 4-year college or university after high school?
Definitely..........................
Probably............................
Not Sure............................
I doubt it............................
Definitely not....................

D.

YOUR FAMILY

22.

During the past year, have you discussed the academic requirements for attending a 4-year college with any
adults in your household?
Yes
No

23.


How much education do you think your parent(s) or guardian(s) want you to get?
(IN EACH COLUMN, CHECK ONLY ONE)

Does not apply......................................................
Less than high school graduation.........................
High school graduation only................................
Certificate (less than 2-year degree).....................
AA or Associate’s degree (2-year degree)............
BA or Bachelor’s degree (4-5 year degree)..........
Graduate or professional degree (MA, Ph.D.,

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Father
(or male guardian)

Mother
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law, MD)
.........................................................................

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24.

Did any of your family members attend or complete college?
Yes
Mother or female guardian................................................
Father or male guardian.....................................................
Brother(s) or sister(s).........................................................
Grandparent(s)...................................................................
Other relative ....................................................................

E.

BACKGROUND

25.

Are you . . .
Male? or
Female?

26.

No

Not Sure










When were you born?
|___|___|-|___|___|-|___|___|___|___|
Month
Day
Year

27.

How do you describe yourself? (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY)
American Indian or Alaska Native...............................
Asian.............................................................................
Black or African American...........................................
Hispanic or Latino........................................................
White............................................................................
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander..................
Other (Describe
).....

F.

GEAR UP PARTICIPATION

28.

Overall, how much would you say you participate in the GEAR UP program?
Always or Almost always................
Most of the time...............................
About half the time..........................
Sometimes.......................................
Never or Almost never.....................

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29.

During the past school year, how often did you attend each of the following types of activities provided by
the GEAR UP program?

Activity
Tutoring in math.................................
Tutoring in English.............................
Tutoring in other academic subject(s)
Tutoring for PSAT, SAT, ACT or
other college entrance exam
.....................................................
Tutoring, other
(specify) ___________................
Computer assisted lab,
any type.......................................
Mentoring...........................................
Attended class at a college
Subject: _____________
.....................................................
Counseling/advising for College........
Counseling, personal..........................
Attending workshop on college
preparation
.....................................................
Attending workshop on study skills...
Attending workshop on careers..........
Attending other workshop..................
Visiting a college................................
Visiting a job site................................
Attending a cultural event..................
Some other type visit..........................
Job shadowing....................................
College student shadowing.................
College professional shadowing.......
Other shadowing
Describe: ___________...............
GEAR UP family activity...................

30.

Every
Day

Frequently

Occasionally

A few
times

Did not
attend

Not
offered





















































































Overall, how satisfied are you with the GEAR UP program?
Very satisfied...................................
Satisfied...........................................
Dissatisfied......................................
Very dissatisfied...............................

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31.

Are you satisfied with the services you received from the program for each of the following activities?

Tutoring..............................................
Mentoring...........................................
Class at a college................................
Counseling..........................................
Workshops..........................................
College campus visit..........................
Job site visit........................................
Cultural event.....................................
College student shadowing.................
College professional shadowing.........
Family activity....................................

32.

Very
satisfied

Satisfied

Dissatisfied

Very
dissatisfied

Did not
attend



















































As part of your participation in the program, have you received a 21st Century Scholar Certificate? This
certificate indicates how much financial assistance you may be eligible to receive from the federal
government for college.
Yes.....................................
No......................................

33.

IF YOU RECEIVED THIS CERTIFICATE, Has receiving this certificate changed your plans about
college?
Yes.....................................
No......................................

34.

Has being in the GEAR UP program changed your plans about going to college?
Yes.....................................
No......................................

35.

IF THE PROGRAM HAS CHANGED YOUR PLANS, What was the biggest factor?
Information about financial aid and how much college costs...................
Information about the benefits of going to college...................................
Tutoring or help with school work............................................................
Mentoring..................................................................................................
Visits to college campus............................................................................
Other (please explain) _______________................................................

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36.

In general, compared to one year ago, which statement best describes your grades now?
Better than one year ago................................
About the same as one year ago.....................
Worse than one year ago................................
Not sure..........................................................

37.

IF YOU THINK YOU NEED ADDITIONAL HELP, What other help do you think you need to prepare you
for college?

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