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GEAR UP Helps Communities by Working With Schools to Create College-Going Students

Oklahoma GEAR UP is currently in its fourth seven-year commitment of partnering with school districts to help increase the number of college-going students throughout the state. GEAR UP IV, which began in October 2017, serves approximately 12,000 middle school and high school students yearly across Oklahoma.

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Here's How We Help


Train educators as they adopt classroom strategies proven to help students learn more effectively

Strengthen educators' leadership

Implement research-based student intervention programs

Help teachers and faculty address student achievement and common assessments by forming professional learning communities

Offer instructional coaching from GEAR UP education coordinators to first-year and alternatively certified teachers


Provide tutoring, mentoring, career and college exploration, and preparation courses, such as ACT test prep and SUMmer Portal math support course

Help students transition to high school through rookie camps

Develop specific knowledge and skills needed for college searches, college match, and college application and enrollment processes

Introduce students to campus life through guided college tours

Encourage students to attend college orientation programs and provide coaching through students' freshman year of college

Offer one-on-one guidance from GEAR UP school specialists


Assist parents and students with financial aid information, including Oklahoma's Promise enrollment and FAFSA completion

Provide parents with training to become education advocates, bridging the education system to the larger community

Help schools develop relationships with business leaders and community partners who support a college-going culture

Encourage parent engagement in college preparation events and activities

GEAR UP Schools

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GEAR UP Schools

Oklahoma GEAR UP proudly serves EVERY student in our partnering 10 school districts across the state. Learn more about our services.