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Education and Human Development

GEAR UP Jefferson County

GEAR UP Jefferson County

2021 Summer Camps – Register Now!

Affiliated Schools 2020-2021 academic year

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.

Affiliated Schools 2020-2021 academic year

Bessemer City Middle School – 8th grade

Bessemer City High School – 9th grade

Fairfield High Preparatory School – 9th grade

Rutledge Middle School – 8th grade

Midfield High School – 9th grade

Tarrant High School -9th grade

Clay-Chalkville Middle School – 8th grade

Clay-Chalkville High School – 9th grade

Erwin Middle School – 8th grade

Center Point High School – 9th grade

Fultondale High School – 9th grade

Hueytown Middle School – 8th grade

Hueytown High School – 9th grade

Irondale Middle School – 8th grade

Shades Valley High School – 9th grade

McAdory Middle School -8th grade

McAdory High School – 9th grade

Minor Middle School – 8th grade

Minor High School -9th grade

Pleasant Grove High School – 9th grade

Rudd Middle School – 8th grade

Pinson Valley High School 9th grade

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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