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.