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Washington State GEAR UP is a partnership of the Governor’s Office and the Washington Student Achievement Council. We know that students and their families must have access to high-quality and meaningful experiences and resources to be prepared to continue their education beyond high school and achieve their dreams.


12th Year Campaign, College Bound Scholarship (CBS), Supplemental Education Transition Planning Program (SETuP): provide support to students, families, and staff related to the College Application Campaign & FAFSA/WASFA events, increasing CBS sign-up rates, and increasing foster youth college readiness.

College Spark: provides support for increased academic rigor and increase metacognitive skills through training on Agile Mind Intensified Algebra I and Academic Youth Development programs.

Mentoring Works: provides training and support to increase the number of schools that are providing Check & Connect mentoring to address chronic absenteeism, low academic performance, and dropout risk. 

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction: provides Career Guidance WA curriculum materials and support to implement the guidance counseling and advising program in all schools. OSPI will also provide resources to implement the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and will continue to support data collection efforts from CEDARS.

State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC): provides communication and materials regarding 2-year and technical college information, the transfer process, student life, support for commuters, dual credit, placement tests, summer melt prevention, and guided pathways. Efforts will help students better prepare for the transition to postsecondary education, reduce the need for remediation, and increase the number of students enrolled in college.

Washington College Access Network (WCAN): provides the Go Alliance Academy College and Career Advising Curriculum, a series of online modules to increase the number of educators trained in college and career advising, building the capacity of schools to provide comprehensive services to students to ensure increased preparation and planning for postsecondary success.

Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (WTECB) and Washington STEM: provide access to free career exploration resources to support student engagement in college and career research activities to support college visit selection and improve student decision making regarding college fit and match.

Public Colleges/Universities: host campus events including grade-level appropriate campus visits, including summer events, transition support, and summer melt prevention activities through customized orientations, bridge programs, and First-Year Experience. 

Student Services/Student Leadership/College Readiness Training Partners: Experienced youth development student services providers (FOCUS Training and Seeds Training) support building metacognitive skills, leadership capacity, and increasing grit and persistence of GEAR UP students. Daylong school-year workshops and multi-day summer opportunities will be offered at middle/high school and postsecondary campuses throughout the grant cycle. Trainers will integrate summer campus experiences with youth development and college knowledge topics. These efforts will significantly increase the number of students who are socially/emotionally prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary school.

Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU): provides support for financial literacy and the 12th Year Campaign.

Our School Partners

The following schools will receive GEAR UP services at some point during the seven-year grant.

  • Miller Junior High, Aberdeen SD
  • Aberdeen High School (AKA JM Weatherwax), Aberdeen SD
  • Shuksan Middle School, Bellingham SD
  • Squalicum High School, Bellingham SD
  • Blaine Middle School, Blaine SD
  • Blaine High School, Blaine SD
  • Davenport Senior High School, Davenport SD
  • East Valley Middle School, East Valley SD
  • East Valley High School, East Valley SD
  • Clovis Point Intermediate, Eastmont SD
  • Eastmont High School, Eastmont SD
  • Eastmont Junior High, Eastmont SD
  • Everett High School, Everett SD
  • North Middle School, Everett SD
  • Sterling Intermediate, Eastmont SD
  • Kilo Middle School, Federal Way SD
  • Totem Middle School, Federal Way SD
  • Thomas Jefferson High School, Federal Way SD
  • Inchelium High School, Inchelium SD
  • Inchelium Middle School, Inchelium SD
  • Kettle Falls High School, Kettlle Falls SD
  • Kettle Falls Middle School, Kettle Falls SD
  • Klickitat Elementary & High School, Klickitat SD
  • Mansfield Elementary & High School, Mansfield SD
  • Naselle Jr Sr High Schools, Naselle SD
  • North Beach Junior High School, North Beach SD
  • North Beach Senior High School, North Beach SD
  • Hilltop School, Ocean Beach SD
  • Ilwaco High School, Ocean Beach SD
  • Pateros High School, Pateros SD
  • Rosalia Elementary & Secondary School, Rosalia SD
  • CHOICE, Shelton SD
  • South Bend High School, South Bend SD
  • South Bend Junior High School, South Bend SD
  • Garry Middle School, Spokane SD
  • Rogers High School, Spokane SD
  • Salk Middle School, Spokane SD
  • Shadle Park High School, Spokane SD
  • Shaw Middle School, Spokane SD
  • Discovery Middle School, Vancouver SD
  • Fort Vancouver High School, Vancouver SD
  • Gaiser Middle School, Vancouver SD
  • Hudson's Bay High School, Vancouver SD
  • McLoughlin Middle School, Vancouver SD
  • John C Thomas Middle School, Wahkiakum SD
  • Wahkiakum High School, Wahkiakum SD
  • Centennial Middle School, West Valley SD
  • West Valley High School, West Valley SD
  • White Pass Jr/Sr High School, White Pass SD
  • Willapa Valley Middle-High School, Willapa Valley SD
  • Wilson Creek High School, Wilson Creek SD 
Robert John Meehan Quote

"Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding."

Robert John Meehan