Checotah Public Schools

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Checotah Public Schools, in partnership with Oklahoma GEAR UP, continues to celebrate ongoing success in helping students and families prepare for college. Checotah Public Schools works directly with GEAR UP to provide early intervention services and strategies for approximately 660 students in grades seven through 12. Some activities of the partnership include: more than 600 students toured a college campus to learn about college programs and life on campus, approximately 55 educators attended professional training in areas such as school leadership, school data analysis and planning, advanced science and math teaching strategies, creating a college going culture, counseling for college readiness, working with students from special populations and more.

Families and students received information that provided guidance on how to apply for financial aid for college through FAFSA, state and community scholarship and financial aid programs. A total of 74 high school seniors participated in College App Week last November, resulting in 124 college applications started with the assistance of onsite college mentors. Nine students participated in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) institute at Connors State College in Warner. Families and students participated in financial aid informations sessions to learn more about planning for college.


  • checotah students at Connors State

    Checotah students attended GEAR UP University at Connors State in Warner.

  • checotah educators at GEAR UP professional training

    Checotah educators attended GEAR UP professional training in OKC in 2012.

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    Checotah seniors participated in College App Week 2013.

  • checotah students listen to state representive mcpeak

    State Rep. McPeak speaks to Checotah students about the importance of planning for the future.


Local GEAR UP Contacts

Jennifer Campbell, GEAR UP Site Coordinator
Checotah Public Schools

Denise Hensley, Education Specialist
Oklahoma GEAR UP


Jamie Shanks, GEAR UP Campus Liasion
Connors State College

Checotah Public Schools