As we near the end of a very successful and productive round of the GEAR UP program that began in 2011 and will be completed next fall when our Class of 2018 begins college, we are thrilled to have been selected as GEAR UP grant recipients once again.
Our new GEAR UP program will begin this year with our current 6th and 7th grade student bodies, attending East Valley Central. Our anticipated grant allocation is approximately $216,000 annually over the course of the next seven years. A work plan is currently being established by the East Valley School District in collaboration with employees funded by the GEAR UP program. This work plan will determine how to best utilize these generous funds to benefit the needs of our diverse learners, while meeting the objectives of the GEAR UP program.
The University of Washington's GEAR UP program aims to accomplish four major outcomes:
-To support students enrolling in and successfully completing academic rigorous coursework.
- Provide college financial aid information to students.
- Increase the % of students graduating from high school.
- Increase the % of students enrolling in & attending postsecondary education.
We are thankful for being selected for this grant and look forward to this wonderful opportunity for our students.