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What is the Texas GEAR UP Program?

Through the Texas GEAR UP:  Beyond Grad Program, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will expand students' preparation for college and career through multiple interrelated initiatives: 

  1. Promote early understanding of career opportunities and pathways by developing high-quality, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)-aligned curriculum and instructional materials for middle school educators and students; 

  2. Increase student access to individualized college and career advising though enhanced training and professional development for district staff and strategic partnerships with community organizations; 

  3. Develop and pilot an Effective Advising Framework (EAF) to offer districts a blueprint for developing and continuously improving a coordinated, high-impact, CCR Advising Program. 

  4. Ensure access to a portfolio of high-quality tools and resources that support the work of college and career advisors with resources for students, parents and educators.

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Gear Up Coordinator

Maricela Castillo-Muniz

How may we assist you?

  • Academic Enrichment

  • College Entrance/Placement Test Prep

  • College Visit/College Student Shadowing

  • Educational Field Trips

  • Family/Cultural Events

  • Financial Literacy Education

  • Job Site Visit/Job Shadowing

  • Professional Development for Teachers/Counselors/Administrators

  • Student-Led/Peer Leadership Activities

  • Summer Programs

  • Tutoring/Homework Assistance

  • Workshops (Student/Family)

Class of '24 parents, join our GEAR UP Band App group to stay informed!

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