Borrow these ideas from Oregon GEAR UP schools to show off your school's college-going culture by providing visual reminders that promote and celebrate the expectation of college attendance.

 

Oregon GEAR UP schools are helping more students take college admissions tests by preparing students ahead of time, providing motivation to do well, and offering the tests for all students.

 

Hermiston High School was part of the first cohort of GEAR UP schools from 2002-2008 and leveraged the program's resources to create hands-on, real-world learning and build a supportive college-going culture.

 

Ninth grade is critical for student success. A variety of programs at GEAR UP schools help ninth graders with the academic and social transition to high school.

 

Student clubs and organizations help participants explore and prepare for careers by providing opportunities for learning, leadership, and building positive relationships with peers and staff.

 

Oregon GEAR UP schools are incorporating mindfulness activities into their classrooms, with benefits including improved focus, better behavior, and greater participation.

 

Parent engagement is critical for student success, but also a challenge for schools. Use these successful strategies from GEAR UP schools.

 

College admissions representatives don't often have the time or budget to travel to rural schools. Therefore, we piloted a virtual visits program that allowed college staff to meet with prospective high school students at GEAR UP schools.

 

The key to expanding Klamath Union High School's successful concurrent enrollment programs? Starting early and talking about careers and high school classes while still in middle school.

 

Lowell High School is increasing opportunities for students to receive rigorous instruction, in large part due to targeted professional development.

 

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