What is GEAR UP?
GEAR UP stands for:
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
GEAR UP, a 5-year federal partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Education seeks to increase the number of students in the first generation of their family to attend college. This national initiative was created to encourage at risk students to have high expectations, stay in school, study hard, and take the right courses to go to college.
In San Antonio, John Jay High School is the only school served by the University of Texas at San Antonio’s GEAR UP Department. The program began in 1999 as a collaborative effort of the U.S. Department of Education, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Northside I.S.D., and community partners with sixth and seventh grade students from Sam Rayburn Middle School and Anson Jones Middle School. UTSA GEAR UP is in its fifth and final year and has followed the classes of 2005 and 2006 to John Jay High School.
At this time, the program serves as many as 1,600 students. Programming is designed to prepare students and their parents for the college/university admissions process. The grant also provides funding for students to enjoy cultural activities and develop skills to transition into “college life”. Advisors are located on the John Jay High School campus to help students and parents prepare for higher education by encouraging them to complete the Recommended or Distinguished High School Graduation Plan, participate in GEAR UP activities, and complete all GEAR UP milestones.
Additionally, at the end of the 5-year program, a scholarship is provided to eligible participants who complete the GEAR UP milestones.
A collaborative community dedicated to providing college bound students
with educational opportunities for post-secondary completion.
Empowering participants to complete post-secondary education through
pre-college preparation and the pursuit of excellence.