Program Objectives

Goal One: Increase academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education.

Objective 1.1: Increase student enrollment in rigorous courses that reflect challenging academic standards.


  1. Enrollment in Pre-Algebra by the end of 8th grade.
  2. Enrollment in Algebra 1 by the end of 9th grade.
  3. Two years beyond Algebra 1 by the end of 12th grade.
  4. An AP/IB course by the end of 12th grade.

Objective 1.2: Increase student knowledge and demonstration of necessary academic preparation for college.


  1. On track for graduation.
  2. PSAT participation by the end of 10th grade.
  3. SAT participation by the end of 11th grade.
  4. 3.0 un-weighted GPS or higher by the 11th grade.
  5. Math test proficiency.
  6. English test proficiency.

Goal Two: Increase High School graduation and participation in postsecondary education.

Objective 2.1: Increase High School graduation rates.


  1. Average daily attendance.
  2. On-time promotion.
  3. Four-year cohort High School graduation.

Objective 2.2: Student enrollment and success in postsecondary education.


  1. College enrollment rates.
  2. Placement into college-level math and English courses.
  3. On track to graduate college.

Goal Three: Increase GEAR UP students’ and their families’ knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation, and financing.

Objective 3.1: Increase educational expectations.


  1. Parent participation in activities for academically preparing students for college.
  2. Students expectations of graduating High School.
  3. Student expectations of earning a college degree.

Objective 3.2: Students’ knowledge of and access to financial assistance for post-secondary education.


  1. Knowledge of financial aid and costs/benefits of post-secondary education.
  2. Application for financial aid.