GEAR UP Program

Gaining Early Awareness And Readiness
For Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

  • The GEAR UP program is designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
  • GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through their first year of college.
  • GEAR UP is unique from other initiatives. This program has partners committed to serving and accelerating the academic achievement of cohorts of students through their first year of college.
  • GEAR UP partnerships supplement existing reform efforts, offer services that promote academic preparation and the understanding of necessary costs to attend college.

                                       Program Benefits



  • Coordinated Educational Services
  • Structured Mentoring Programs
  • Early Exposure to College Preparation



  • College Preparation Workshops
  • Financial Aid Seminars
  • Parent Conferences & College Visits



  • Professional Development for Teachers
  • School Improvement Resources
  • Tutor/Mentors for Classrooms

                                      Mission Statement

The mission of the GEAR UP Program is to ensure middle school students are academically prepared for and motivated to pursue and succeed in obtaining a postsecondary education.