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What is GEAR UP?

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded college access program located within the Minneapolis Public School District serving 2,395 students across 5 high schools. The goal of GEAR UP is to ensure that students graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. We provide programs and services such as college visits, financial education, tutoring, mentoring, parent engagement, and counseling to help students achieve their dreams of going to college.

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Who are GEAR UP Students?

All 10th & 11th Grade Students: GEAR UP staff follow a cohort of students beginning in 6th & 7th grades through their first year of postsecondary education. This 2018-2019 year, GEAR UP staff will be working with 10th and 11th grade students.


GEAR UP Services at South:

+ Academic Individual Mentoring (AIM) Caseloads

+ College Prep Curriculum

+ College Visits/Field Trips

+ Connecting Students to Academic Support and Resources

+ Credit Recovery Assistance

+ Family Workshops/Events

+ Financial Literacy Lessons (for Students and Families)

+ Social & Emotional Counseling & Support



ALL JUNIORS will take their official ACT (plus writing) on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 in the South High Gym.

Click here to register for FREE ACT PREP CLASSES offered everyday at South and to receive calendar updates and class reminders directly to your phone or email.

Click here to view the ACT Prep calendar and locations (includes class dates and times, material and score distribution, and more).

Please contact your GEAR UP Team or Testing Coordinator with any questions.

Happy Studying!



The GEAR UP Coordinators' office is open daily from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM; we are located in Room 249B between the College & Career Center (CCC) and Counseling Offices. Stop by during your lunch or free period to talk about your post secondary options! GEAR UP staff are also available by email or phone, contact information listed to the right.