Summer Bridge Programs

In Summer 2016, GEAR UP Hawai‘i supported over fifteen summer bridge programs to build academic preparation, college and career readiness skills, STEM enrichment, and transition support from middle to high school and high school to college. Participating schools included: Dole Middle School, Central Middle School, Hilo High School, Honoka‘a Int. and High School, Jarrett Middle School, Kaimuki High School, Kalakaua Middle School, Nānākuli Int. and High School, McKinley High School, Wai‘anae Intermediate, Waipahu Intermediate, Washington Middle School, Hawai‘i Community College, UH Mānoa, and UH West O‘ahu.

Some of the programs included:

Washington Middle School Summer Academy
Program for 30 rising 8th graders that increases student performance in math and language arts, teaches organizational strategies, raises perceptions about attending college and explores careers in STEM.

Honokaa High and Intermediate Summer Bridge Program
Program for incoming 9th grade students that focuses on academic preparation in math and English, builds students’ study skills, and assists in their transition from middle to high school.


McKinley High School learn about the culinary industry and Alan Wong's King Street Restaurant

McKinley High School Summer Bridge Program
A summer bridge program for over 75 incoming 9th grade students. The five-week program provided students the opportunity to receive academic brush-up in math and English, meet with high-school student peer-mentors, and participate in college campus visits. One of the other highlights of the program was “Career Week” where students had the opportunity to visit local businesses representing various industries. From engineering to healthcare to hospitality and culinary, students toured the businesses and learned about the various skills and education needed to be successful in these industries so they could begin making plans for their own future. A big mahalo to following companies who participated in our student tours: Alan Wong’s Restaurants, Oceanit, Queens Health Systems, and Starwood Hotels.


Onipa‘a Program
In collaboration with UH West O‘ahu, UH Mānoa, Kamehameha Schools, and Leeward Community College, a three-phase summer bridge program to assist students from the Wai‘anae Coast to transition into the UH system.  The program increases familiarity with, and connectivity to the UH campus students will be attending, provides math, English and study skills brush up courses, offers an opportunity to work on a college campus or in the community and increases their preparedness for their first year of college.