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Gear Up

Director of Federal Programs

Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

Goals and Objectives

GOAL I: To provide GEAR UP students with the education foundation necessary to complete a rigorous curriculum and to enroll in college.

• GEAR UP students will have the academic skills necessary to succeed in high school.

• GEAR UP students and their parents will begin planning for the student's educational future while the student is in middle school.

• GEAR UP students will graduate from high school.

• GEAR UP students will enroll in post-secondary education.


GOAL II: To increase GEAR UP students' awareness of and access to post-secondary education.

• GEAR UP students and their parents will have the information necessary to adequately plan for higher education.

• GEAR UP parents of GEAR UP students will have high education aspirations for their children.


GOAL III: To assist GEAR UP schools in providing all students with quality instruction that prepares them for post-secondary education.

• GEAR UP schools will increase achievement in reading and mathematics.

• GEAR UP schools will reduce the income-based achievement gap in reading and mathematics

• GEAR UP teachers in GEAR UP schools will increase their standards-based content knowledge and their use of effective instructional strategies.

Services Offered:

Mentoring, Computer assisted labs, Counseling, Advising, Academic planning, Career counseling, Educational field trips, College visits and college student shadowing,Financial Literacy Workshops, Job visits and job shadowing, Family Events and Cultural Events


Perry County Academic Specialists

Mildred Blank


Carla Bailey
Perry County Central
East Perry
AB Combs


Crystal Couch
RW Combs
Perry County Central


Jeff Campbell
RW Combs
AB Combs
Perry County Central

Serving students 3nd-9th grades