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HISD GEAR UP at a Glance

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs


Magdalena Keller
GEAR UP Grant Project Administrator


HISD GEAR UP provides students with greater access to a postsecondary education.

HISD GEAR UP began serving an entire cohort of students from 7th grade and will continue following them through their first year in college. The student cohort now consists of all 2014-2015 10th graders in HISD. The GEAR UP cohort is currently in their 10th grade year.

Using a partnership approach, HISD GEAR UP seeks to provide services for our community that research indicates are critical for college readiness.


HISD GEAR UP Community Goals: 

  • Increase academic behaviors, performance and preparation for a postsecondary education
  • Increase the rate of high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment
  • Increase student and family knowledge of postsecondary options, preparation, and financing


HISD GEAR UP Services: 

1-to-1 student advising

College and career bulletins

College visits for students and parents

GEAR UP Parent Newsletter

Mentoring programs

Parental engagement

STEM camps and workshops

Student study skills (AVID)

Tutoring services             


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