Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a discretionary grant program from the U.S. Department of Education designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.

The GEAR UP grant will help build a college going culture within our schools by supporting college visits, career exploration and academic planning.  This 7-year partnership provides additional mentoring, advising, and tutor support to current 8th and 9th grade students attending Brentwood, Franklin, Heath and Prairie Heights Middle Schools and Greeley Central, Greeley West and Northridge High Schools through their graduation from a District 6 high school.


Services Provided

  • Tutoring         
  • Scholarships
  • Educational/Career and Cultural Activities
  • Mentoring
  • Study Skills, Test-Taking Skills
  • Academic Advisement
  • College and Technical School Visits
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • SAT/ACT Test Preparation
Contact our staff: 


David Reyes
GEAR UP Program Coordinator 
Phone: (970) 348-6310
Fax: (970) 348-6233


Cristina Diaz Estrada 
GEAR UP Parent Liaison
Phone: (970) 348-6311
Fax: (970) 348-6233


Sandra Barrera
Franklin and Northridge GEAR UP Advisor
Phone: (970) 348-3299 or (970) 348-5262
Fax: (970) 348-6039  


John Vsetecka
Heath and Central GEAR UP Advisor
Phone: (970) 348-3455 or (970) 348-5000
Fax: (970) 348-348-6039


Albert Maldonado 
Prairie Heights and West GEAR UP Advisor
Phone: (970) 348-3673 or (970) 348-5400
Fax: (970) 348-6039


Marrisa Sanchez 
Brentwood, Central and West GEAR UP Advisor
Phone: (970) 348-3018, (970) 348-5000, or (970) 348-5400
Fax: (970) 348-3030

Jose Serrano

Jose Serrano 
Jefferson Junior High GEAR UP Advisor
Phone: (970) 348-1051
Fax: (970) 348-1030


GEAR UP Cohort class of 2020 are now freshman! Only four more years until graduation, let the countdown begin! Here are a few tips for the class of 2020.

  • Reach out to your counselor and GEAR UP advisor, constant communication is key!
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities. Don’t wait for your life to begin, because it’s always happening.
  • Be respectful to your teachers. They will be the ones writing your recommendation letters for college and scholarships.
  • Have a study plan, your counselor and GEAR UP advisor can help you create a plan and hold you accountable.
  • Get organized early. Your counselor and GEAR UP advisor can help you get organized. USE YOUR PLANNER!  



  • Upcoming Events 

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  • January 24, 2017
    Parent Engagement Meeting - Franklin
    Franklin Middle School Library 
    6:00 PM
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  • January 24, 2017
    Career Exploration Parent Workshop - All 8th graders
    Franklin Middle School Cafateria 
    5:30 PM - English or 6:30 PM - Spanish
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  • January 26, 2017
    PHMS Parent Engagement Meeting 
    5:30 - 7:00 PM
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  • January 26, 2017
    Heath PTO
    Heath Middle School Library 
    6:00 PM


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  • February 14, 2017
    I Heart GEAR UP Campaign 
    All Schools 
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  • February 15, 2017
    Resume Workshop -  All District 9th graders
    Greeley West Library 
    5:30 pm English Workshop and 6:30 pm Spanish Workshop
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