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Greeley GEAR UP

  • Welcome to Greeley GEAR UP (GU), a transformative seven-year initiative led by Greeley-Evans School District 6 (D6). GU is a discretionary grant program strategically designed to empower and uplift low-income students, equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in postsecondary education.



    1460 2nd Street 

    Greeley, CO, 80631



Our Mission

  • GU is dedicated to fostering educational success and postsecondary readiness among students, particularly those facing economic challenges. This innovative program operates as a partnership grant spanning seven years, focusing on high-poverty middle and high schools within D6.

Program Overview

    • Cohort Approach: GU serves an entire cohort of students, beginning with sixth and seventh grades, and accompanies them through high school. At the following schools:

      • Bella Romero Academy

      • Brentwood Middle School

      • Franklin Middle School

      • Heath Middle School

      • Prairie Heights Middle Schools 

    • Scholarship Support: GU allocates funds to provide college scholarships, ensuring that financial barriers do not hinder the educational journey of low-income students in the original cohort.

Collaboration for Success

  • In Collaboration with  Post-secondary Partners, Including:

    • Aims Community College
    • Metropolitan State University of Denver


    • Paradigm Shift
    • Coolspeak
    • NCCEP

    Community Agencies

    • North Range Behavioral Health
    • The Success Foundation
    • Greeley Dream Team
    • High Plains Library District 
    • The City of Greeley

Key Goals

  • Our three overarching goals drive the G2U initiative: 

    • Academic Excellence: Enhance student academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education. 
    • Graduation and Participation: Increase student graduation rates and participation in postsecondary education. 
    • Educational Aspirations: Boost student educational aspirations and knowledge of postsecondary options, preparation, and financing. 

Strategic Implementation

  • GU employs a dual cohort model, catering to 1,899 students in grades 6 and 7 across five schools. The program's success is built in comprehensive mentoring, outreach, and support provided by GU Student Success Specialists (Mentors), counselors, and partners. Key activities encompass instructional tutoring, extended learning opportunities, advanced coursework support, and early college credit options.


  • Bella Romero Academy
  • Brentwood Middle School
  • Career Technical Education Center
  • Franklin Middle School
  • Heath Middle School
  • Prairie Heights Middle School
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