• What is GEAR UP?

    GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. In October 2017 the federal program gave CHISD $6.3 million for sixth- and seventh-grade students at Bessie Coleman and W. S. Permenter middle schools.

     How does it work?

    The funds will follow current sixth- and seventh-grade students through their first year of college. The district will use the money in several areas including:

    • New college readiness staff
    • College entrance exam preparation
    • College financial planning & preparation for families
    • Career surveys, planning
    • College prep & career course alignment
    • Summer enrichment camps
    • Career shadowing
    • New technology
    • College campus visits 

    How will it help?

    Students will be college and career ready when they graduate high school.

    Gear Up