GEAR UP Program

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The purpose of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is to support early college preparation and awareness activities in order to increase the number of disadvantaged students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

Program Description

This discretionary federally funded six year grant program is designed to:

  • Work with students beginning in the middle schools to support early college preparation and awareness through various academic, career and culturally woven events and activities
  • Serve an entire cohort of students and follow them as they move through high school
  • "Wrap its arms around the students" through a network of support comprised of colleges, schools, parents, businesses, and the community to empower student success in college

Four Cornerstone ObjectivesGEAR UP Logo

OBJECTIVE 1: Increase the academic performance and preparation for post-secondary education primarily in the areas of math and reading with emphasis on reading across the content areas.

OBJECTIVE 2: Increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary education through a systematic program of student academic and personal development.

OBJECTIVE 3: Increase GEAR UP students' and their families' knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation and financing.

OBJECTIVE 4 : Expand the GEAR UP schools; network of community partners to sustain support services for college and career preparation.