GEAR UP is a nationwide effort to encourage ALL students to pursue and succeed in some form of post secondary education.
GEAR UP is grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education with support from the government, local communities, schools, colleges, universities, and the private sector.
Okanogan Valley GEAR UP program is funded by a six year grant.
In the 2007 - 2008 school year, GEAR UP is available to all 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students attending schools that participlate in the Okanogan Valley GEAR UP program.
Okanogan Valley GEAR UP will provide services to students in this cohort thorugh the 2010-2011 school year. This means those in 7th grade the first year of high school.
Additional GEAR UP objectives include to increase parent involvment, professional development for teachers, encourage community involvement, and collaboration with school staff.
GEAR UP provides field trips to colleges and universities, after school enrichment and tutoring programs, homework assistance, WASL preparatiion, community learning opportunities, leadership opportunities, community service opportunities, career and college exploration, and access to technology.
The GEAR UP programs trains high school students to serve as tutors and mentors in the GEAR UP program. In exchange, the high school students have the opportunity to explore education as a potential career and earn college credits.