Who is the GEAR UP target Audience?

GEAR UP Birmingham will follow a cohort of students comprised of current 11th and 12th graders enrolled in Birmingham City Schools during the 2019-2020 school year. GEAR UP Birmingham will continue to provide resources for 11th and 12th grade students until their first year of college.

Which schools qualify for the grant?

Any Birmingham City high school that houses 11th and 12th graders during the 2019-2020 school year will be served.

High Schools in Birmingham City Schools

  • Carver
  • Huffman
  • Jackson-Olin
  • Parker
  • Ramsay
  • Wenonah
  • Woodlawn
What are the results of school systems of similar magnitude that have participated in GEAR UP?

GEAR UP has been in existence for 18 years. Research shows a 15% increase in graduation rate and college admission for similar GEAR UP districts. This research grant has third-party External Evaluators that will meet with partners each month to conduct student surveys and evaluate the overall impact of the program.

What do you mean when you say “partners?”

Partners are external community resource groups that provide various educational services to our current 11th and 12th grade students. Such services include, but are not limited to: College Awareness, Parent & Student Tuition Waivers, Financial Literacy & Planning, Career Exploration & Planning, Comprehensive Mentoring, and Academic Tutoring. See a list of our current partners here.


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