Parents' Guide to Gear-Up!
What is Gear-Up?
Gear-Up stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
The GEAR-UP grant's goal is to make sure that our middle school and high school children are being given every opportunity to be prepared for college.
Fairmont State College received one of 164 Partnership grants awarded throughout the Untied States, and is one of two grants awarded in West Virginia. Fairmont State College was awarded over $22 million dollars over a 5 year period of the grant.
How Does My Child Benefit From GEAR-UP?
After school turoring, mentoring, and other sopport services
Computers and other classroom equipment
Enhanced classroom materials
Special events and speakers
Educational feild trips
Career and college information
FREE summer camps
FREE tickets to college events
What are the parent benefits of GEAR-UP?
Parent workshops about college planning and college requirements
Parent workshops on financial planning for college
Special topic workshops for parents to help address the needs of teens
GED and Basic Skills brush-up courses for parents
Math, computer, and other courses to help parents keep up with what is being studied by children
FREE tickets for parents to attend college event with their children
How much money does each county get?
Based on the number of students in each grades 7 - 11 each county anticipates to receive this amount over the 5 years of the grant:
How were these counties chosen?
The counties are desgnated by the State as being in the Fairmont State College service area.
Will every school in the county receive GEAR-UP money?
...Only the schools which met the 50% "Free or Reduced Lunch Program" criteria as established by the Federal Government were eligible for partnerships.
Who are the GEAR-UP partners?
Other state and local agencies also receive GEAR-UP funding to provide support and activities for the schools. Along with the nine counties, partners include:
Which grades are involved?
The numbers of students served will increase as each new 7th grade class is added.
7th and 8th grade
Gear-Up Middle & High Schools