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What is GEAR UP?

The acronym GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. It is a free program that helps students succeed in school. We help families and students learn about choices for education after high school and many ways to pay for it. GEAR UP believes that every student should have the opportunity to go to college if they work hard, take the right courses, and stay in school. For students who attend college after their high school graduation, services will continue through their important first year of college. 

Who is GEAR UP for?
● ALL 10th Graders, Class of 2020

What are the goals of GEAR UP?

  • Increase academic performance and preparation for post-secondary education
  • Increase the rate of high school graduation and college enrollment
  • Increase students’ and families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, scholarships and financial aid
What are the benefits of GEAR UP?

GEAR UP began in 1999 and has had great results, including better student grades and attendance, higher test scores, increased enrollment in courses that prepare students for college, lower high school dropout rates and increased college enrollment rates.

What kinds of services does GEAR UP provide?

The GEAR UP Program provides a Gear Up Coordinator at Spring Valley High School whose job is to help GEAR UP students succeed academically by making arrangements for services such as tutoring, study skills workshops, summer enrichment programs, college tours an much more. As your Gear Up Coordinator my job is to transition with this cohort of students each year into their first year of college. Also, helping students learn about colleges, universities and future career options. In addition to learning about colleges, I will help your child meet the high expectations that administrators, teachers and counselors at Spring Valley have for our students. This is just the beginning of the high school journey for you, your son or daughter. Welcome to GEAR UP where we work together to GEAR your student UP for success!

● Tutoring
● Mentoring
● Summer Programs
● Scholarship Opportunities
● Family and Cultural Events
● College Visits and Counseling
● Parent and Student Workshops

For more information contact: 
Ms. Blassingame
Gear Up Coordinator | Spring Valley High School
120 Sparkleberry Lane | Columbia, SC 29229
803-699-3500 ext. 69137