Partnership Grant Projects

East Texas GEAR UP for Success

Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, Texas

East Texas GEAR UP for Success recently kicked off their third GEAR UP grant cycle and is eager to build upon previous accomplishments. Believing that “Education is Real,” East Texas GEAR UP works in collaboration with Stephen F. Austin State University to institute a system-wide mindset of high academic expectations for all students, preparing them for access to, and success in, postsecondary education. Professional development for district educators and increased student enrollment in advanced-level courses serve as the backbone for academic reform. Student support services are provided through data analysis, tutoring, mentoring, and college and career counseling. Enlisting the support of parents as advocates for increasing each student’s readiness for postsecondary education serves as a vital component in improving the collegiate success of students in the program.

East Texas GEAR UP for Success in the News

Program Highlights

  • Since its initial 1999 grant, East Texas GEAR UP has been wildly successful, impacting 12 school districts and 8,769 students. Reported gains include:
    • 52% increase in the number of advanced courses offered
    • 77% increase in the number of students enrolled in advanced coursework during high school
    • 120% increase in the number of minority students enrolled in advanced coursework during high school
    • 140% increase in students of low socioeconomic status enrolled in advanced coursework during high school
    • 98% of the cohort completed college applications and were accepted to a postsecondary institution

 

  • The College Coaching program that was introduced in the 2005 GEAR UP grant allowed 100% of students to apply and gain acceptance to some type of postsecondary institution. Evaluation of the 2005 grant revealed that 62% of the 2011 graduates attended some type of postsecondary institution in the fall after graduation.
  • Years of Grant: 2011-2018
  • ESC Region(s): Region 7
  • Students Served: 1,482

Contact

Stephen F. Austin State University

P.O. Box 13018
SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962
936-468-1899

Program Leadership

Campuses

  • Central High School

    Central ISD

  • Hudson High School

    Hudson ISD

  • Lufkin High School

    Lufkin ISD

  • Stubblefield Learning Center

    Lufkin ISD

  • Nacogdoches High School

    Nacogdoches ISD

  • Martin Educational Center

    Nacogdoches ISD

  • Woden Junior High School

    Woden ISD

  • Woden High School

    Woden ISD