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Gear Up Virginia

About the Program   

In effort to increase student college enrollment and success and to transform the lives of low-income families and their communities, GEAR UP Virginia (GUV) began offering college preparatory services and skills development to a cohort of seventh-grade students at 22 middle schools in 13 school districts beginning in 2021-22. These students will receive support through their first year of college, following high school graduation in 2027. GUV also offers critical college preparation services annually to juniors and seniors (priority students), at three school divisions, and supports them through their first year of college.*


Goals and Objectives

Goals are to:

  1. increase the academic performance and college preparation of GUV students;
  2. increase the rate of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education for GEAR UP students;
  3. increase GEAR UP students' and their families' knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing;
  4. improve college readiness rates; and
  5. increase college enrollment rates.

Activities and Services

GEAR UP services include: 1.) Student & parent workshops on financial aid/literacy college prep & requirements 2.) Tutoring/mentoring with math/STEM emphasis; 3.) Professional development on social-emotional learning, STEM, data-driven instruction, and remote learning; 4) One and two day college visits; 5.) Guest speakers & field trips; 6.) Summer camps & courses; 6.) Text messaging initiative; 7.) Career interest inventories; 8.) High-quality FAFSA assistance; 9.) Financial aid awareness 10.) Coding programs; 11.) Family engagement activities


GEAR UP VA Divisions and Partners

SCHEV values honesty, quality, diversity, inclusion, growth-orientation, personal well-being, equity, transparency and accountability.
Through these values, we create a welcoming work environment that represents the best of who we are as an agency and as individuals.

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