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Education and Human Development

GEAR UP Jefferson County

GEAR UP Jefferson County


Please click here for an important message from University of Montevallo President John W. Stewart

Hope. Despite the current state of our emotions, we know that with each successive class of GEAR UP graduates, we bend the arc a little closer toward justice.

Purpose. We will do everything in our power to support you as we work together toward shaping a better world, where equality, dignity, and human rights prevail.

Together We Rise.

GEAR UP Statement

GU-JC Overview

The goals for the students served by the GEAR UP Jefferson County (GU-JC) project are as follows:
Goal 1 – to increase the successful academic performance, educational expectations, and preparation for/participation in post-secondary education.
Goal 2 – to increase student and family knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation, and financing.                                                                                                                                                               Goal 3 – to increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in post-secondary education for GEAR UP students.

GU-JC is designed to improve access, opportunities, and outcomes for students from historically marginalized populations and underserved communities, particularly students of color, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. GU-JC will support, strengthen, and expand the existing infrastructure, as well as enhance academic opportunities and rigor, increase exploration of post-secondary options, and equip students and families with information and tools to plan for and access post-secondary education.


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Affiliated Schools

Bessemer City Middle School

Bessemer City High School

Fairfield High Preparatory School

Rutledge Middle School

Midfield High School

Tarrant High School

Clay-Chalkville Middle School

Clay-Chalkville High School

Erwin Middle School

Center Point High School

Fultondale High School

Hueytown Middle School

Hueytown High School

Irondale Middle School

Shades Valley High School

McAdory Middle School

McAdory High School

Minor Middle School

Minor High School

Pleasant Grove High School

Rudd Middle School

Pinson Valley High School

Project services will include: workshops for financing college and career pathways, support for implementing more rigorous secondary school course offerings, STEM and computer science focused camps/activities, ACT boot camps, tutoring programs, guest speakers from statewide colleges and universities, campus visits, online book studies, summer institutes, Saturday training/workshops, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), academic enrichment summer camps, mentoring programs, digital literacy awareness, and family/guardian involvement workshops.


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