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Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a national college readiness program designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.  The grant hopes to deepen its efforts with school districts and community organizations to make college a reality for more middle and high school students in the state.

Mission Statement:

GEAR UP believes every student in South King County should have access to higher education.  Through GEAR UP, every student will have opportunities to participate in support programs during and after school, college and career exploration, and family engagement activities.  Our GEAR UP staff will help each student to develop a plan for after high school and hold them accountable to that plan.

We are here to provide you the tools and resources to overcome the obstacles to pursuing opportunities after high school.

You are here because you believe in your future and want to take advantage of every opportunity to make you successful with your goals for after high school.


GEAR UP helps create activities and provides experiences to students and families.  Some of these activities and experiences include school programs and clubs, meeting STEM professionals, tutoring, and learning opportunities like field trips and camps.