College Readiness

The Nanakuli-Waianae Complex Area is in the midst of a cultural shift, one in which more and more students are becoming College, Career, and Citizenship ready. These are a couple of programs that are being implemented to provide students opportunities to practice and demonstrate their levels of readiness.

AVID: AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The basic tenet of AVID is to support the students 'in the academic middle' who are often the least-served population within a school. The goal of AVID is to increase the number of students who enroll in a four-year university by providing them strategies and support to be successful. Teachers at AVID site schools attend professional development to learn how to best implement AVID methodologies and support students to achieve their goals of post-secondary education.

GEAR UP: GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. It is a federal grant program that serves underrepresented student populations through a partnership between the University of Hawaii West Oahu and the Nanakuli-Waianae Complex Area. This grant utilizes a cohort model to institute evidence-based practices with a group of students to see which strategies work best for them and determine how those strategies can be sustained over time for all students. The goal of GEAR UP is to not only improve graduation and college-going rates but ultimately to end generation poverty across the country. 
Check out the GEAR UP website designed exclusively for Nanakuli and Waianae High Schoolʻs Class of 2023: