Welcome to Gear Up

Last Updated: 1/18/2019 8:49 PM
What is Gear up?

Gear Up stands for, “The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs”.  GEAR UP State Grant is a seven- year federal initiative designed to increase early college awareness, readiness, and success for low-income and historically underrepresented students. The grant follows a cohort of students starting in 7th grade (2018-2019), through their first year of postsecondary education. Nationally, GEAR UP outcomes have shown positive student gains for participating students (e.g. students graduate from high school at a higher rate than their peers - regardless of ethnicity or income - and attend college at a higher rate).

How Does Gear Up Help Students?
  • Opportunities for before-school, during-school, and after-school academic tutoring and homework assistance
  • Access to advanced & rigorous curricula such as Pre-AP, AP, CTE, and Dual Credit courses
  • Opportunities for credit recovery, extended learning, and accelerated learning for targeted groups of GEAR UP cohort students
  • Counseling/advising services in terms of core curriculum, non-core curriculum, financial literacy, and college knowledge in assistance with GEAR UP staff
  • Off-campus visits to college tours and/or college student shadowing, job site visits, and educational trips
  • Summer intervention or bridge courses and summer camps/programs for college knowledge and readiness activities.
  • Mentorship Program where our students are paired with our faculty, district members, college students and businesses in our Mathis community