Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
GEAR UP began in 1999 and includes projects designed to promote college readiness. The primary goal of GEAR UP Waco is to significantly increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. It is a collaborative program between Baylor University and several local Waco educational entities. The programs coordinated assist students with their academic skills, builds knowledge of the college admissions process and encourages them to attend and succeed in college.
The current project targets Waco ISD and La Vega ISD students beginning in middle school and follows them through graduation. Our cohort campuses are A.J. Moore Academy, La Vega High School, University High School and Waco High School. It also offers professional development opportunities for our high school faculty members.
GEAR UP Waco is funded nationally by the U.S. Department of Education and locally by its project partners. GEAR UP Waco offers student tutoring, mentoring, workshops on college preparation and finacial aid.