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GEAR UP Minneapolis

GEAR UP Minneapolis

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a nation-wide, federally funded grant initiative offered through the U.S. Department of Education. Minneapolis Public Schools was awarded a seven year, $14 million dollar grant beginning in January 2015. GEAR UP will serve 2,560 students in 17 of the school district’s middle and secondary schools. The project begins with current sixth- and seventh-grade students, following sixth-graders through their senior year of high school and seventh-graders through their first year of college.

The grant will focus on five key objectives:

  • Increase GEAR UP students’ academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education
  • Increase GEAR UP students’ rate of high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment
  • Increase GEAR UP students’ and families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation and financing
  • Increase percentage of GEAR UP students who enroll and succeed in postsecondary education
  • Increase the preparation of teachers and staff to teach and serve GEAR UP students.

Services that will be supported by the grant include:

  • Dedicated staff to help students, families, and school staff to find college related resources.
  • Prepare students academically for college and careers towards post-secondary.
  • Provide ongoing support from School Counselors to stay on track towards graduation and achieving graduation standards.
  • Offer informational sessions to learn about the variety of college and career options, how to pay for college, and how to apply for college.
  • Provide opportunities for students to visit and tour colleges, and participate in summer programs.
  • Offer support services such as, mentorship with college students, tutoring, and engagement activities.


National GEAR UP week was September 24 - 28, 2018. Each of the GEAR UP schools hosted a variety of events and activities.