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What is GEAR UP


GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded college access program located within the Minneapolis Public School District serving 2,395 students across 5 high schools. The goal of GEAR UP is to ensure that students graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. We provide programs and services to help students achieve their dreams of going to college.

College & Career Readiness: College Visits; Educational Field Trips; Postsecondary Readiness Workshops; Career Exploration Workshops; Financial Literacy Workshops

Graduation & Academic Readiness: Academic Interventions; Student Support Services; Student Meetings; Early Warning Indicators Student Tracking; Social & Emotional Support

Partnerships & Collaboration: Collaboration with Administration, Teachers, Staff, and Programs; Meetings with Families & Guardians, Family Postsecondary Workshops; Family Financial Literacy Workshops

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Who Are GEAR UP Students


10th & 11th Grade: GEAR UP staff follow a cohort of students beginning in 6th & 7th grades through their first year of postsecondary education. This 2018-2019 year, GEAR UP staff will be working with 10th grade and 11th grade students

Meet the GEAR UP Staff


Click the following links to learn about the GEAR UP Staff.

GEAR UP 10th & 11th Grade Counselor: Kate Hanten

GEAR UP 11th Grade Coordinator: Chelsey Mckinney

GEAR UP 10th Grade Coordinator: Jessica Yang