About the school

Elgin Junior/Senior High School, Elgin, Oregon

  • 177 students in grades 7-12
  • 59% free and reduced lunch
  • 7% students of color

The impact of GEAR UP

Elgin students at Walla Walla Community College

Elgin students visit Walla Walla Community College.

College visitations and financial aid nights have been powerful tools for students’ to see that college is a possibility for them.

"The funding from GEAR UP has been instrumental in creating a college-going culture through college visitations, tutoring, career exploration coursework, leadership training and updated technology."

Elgin students talk about college

Source: GEAR UP student surveys

Because of GEAR UP, Elgin students know how to achieve their dreams through career and college exploration coursework.

"Graduating from high school was always a priority at Elgin High School. After GEAR UP, students now make a plan towards achieving their dreams and completing their postsecondary education."

Elgin Door War

Elgin students and staff decorate classroom doors.

"We have a young man that is a junior at Eastern Oregon University. Without college visitations, dual-credit opportunities, and help with financial aid and scholarship applications, this young man would not have thought college was a possibility."

Information provided by Peggy Anthony, GEAR UP coordinator