GEAR UP at Marion City Schools

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The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) at Marion City Schools program is dedicated to supporting early college preparation and awareness. Its purpose is to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.

The federally funded program is designed to work with Marion City Schools' students in grades 7th through 12th to support early college preparation and awareness. It does so through academic, career and culturally woven events and activities including tutoring, mentoring, academic preparation, financial education, and college scholarships.

GEAR UP's local partners include Marion City Schools, The Ohio State University at Marion, Marion Technical College, Tri-Rivers Career Center, the United Way of Marion County and Marion Area Chamber of Commerce.

GEAR UP at Marion City Schools falls under the umbrella of GEAR UP Ohio.

More information on how the program works with middle school students can be found on the Grant Middle School website.

Four Cornerstone Objectives

Objective 1: Increase the academic performance and preparation for post-secondary education primarily in the areas of math and reading with emphasis on reading across the content areas.

Objective 2: Increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in post-secondary education through a systematic program of student academic and personal development.

Objective 3: Increase GEAR UP students' and their families' knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation, and financing.

Objective 4: Expand the GEAR UP schools' network of community partners to sustain support services for college and career participation.


Kelly M. Garrett, Site Director,

Corey Chatman, Advisor for students with last names R-Z,
Thaddeaus Carter, Advisor for students with last names H-Q,

Austin King, Advisor for students with last names A-G,

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