GEAR UP Georgia

Deputy Superintendent Visanne Tinsley speaks at the Gear Up Kickoff event.In October 2016, Georgia received its first statewide GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program) Grant. On behalf of the Governor’s Office, the University System of Georgia will administer the seven-year, $21-million-dollar grant awarded by US Department of Education. All GEAR UP Georgia students will be provided with supportive services to help them receive their high school diploma, prepare for post-secondary education, prepare for careers and support through their first year of college. The statewide project will serve over 12,000 high need students in over 40 schools.

Cohort Strategy is the model that is utilized in DeKalb County School District. The “Cohort Strategy” in those districts with high levels of students who are on free or reduced lunch, homeless and in foster care. This model will follow the Class of 2022 GEAR UP Georgia students through middle and high school on through their first year of college (Cohort Students). All services are free for all GEAR UP Georgia participants.
  • Increase targeted Cohort and Priority Students academic performance and preparation for post-secondary education
  • Increase percentage of targeted Cohort and Priority Students who graduate from high school and enroll in a post-secondary institution
  • Increase student and family knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation, financing and careers
  • Increase targeted Cohort and Priority student persistence rates for year one of post-secondary education
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • College Visits
  • Rigorous Course Taking (Dual Enrollment)
  • ACT/SAT Test Prep
  • Summer Programs
  • Professional Development for School Staff
  • Academic and Social Support for Students
  • College and Career Preparation