Gear up

Maureen Foley
White Pass Jr./Sr. High School
GEAR UP Director

360-497-5816 ext. 3024

Tutoring takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3- 4:15 pm

AM Organizational help and school supplies takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30 am.

Book Club meets monthly 3-4:15 pm


Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a competitive federal program that provides six- and seven-year grants to education/community partnerships and states to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

GEAR UP’s vision is that all students are academically, socially, and financially prepared to enter and complete the post-secondary program or institution of their choice.

GEAR UP believes that young people who start planning in middle school have a better chance of entering college and completing their degrees.

GEAR UP focuses on students from low income and under-served communities, many who may be the first person in their family to graduate from high school or go on to college. 

GEAR UP services begin in middle school, guiding students and families through the early years of college preparation, including the academic, social, emotional, and financial aspects of preparation. GEAR UP ensures that they have access to the people, resources, and the information needed to graduate from high school and continue their education in the post-secondary program or institution of their choice.

We provide access to financial aid resources, but we also teach valuable study skills and provide mentorship opportunities. We believe that personal relationships fuel a student’s desire to go to college and are just as important as academic success.