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Gear Up Objectives and Services


The Gear UP grant will focus on five key objectives:

  • Increase GEAR UP students’ academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education
  • Increase GEAR UP students’ rate of high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment
  • Increase GEAR UP students’ and families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation and financing
  • Increase percentage of GEAR UP students who enroll and succeed in postsecondary education
  • Increase the preparation of teachers and staff to teach and serve GEAR UP students 


Services that will be supported by the grant include:

  • Increased academic monitoring of students’ progress through new IT systems and databases, including tracking of ninth-grade credit readiness indicators to ensure students are prepared for high school
  • Increased school counseling, particularly for Norths High school students
  • Additional summer school programming with a specific emphasis on exposure to postsecondary options
  • New programming to support students making transitions into high school or changing schools
  • Financial planning and college readiness workshops
  • First-year programming to support students in their first year of post-secondary education