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Welcome to WCHS GEAR UP
WCHS GEAR UP is a federally funded program that helps students prepare to succeed in education and training beyond high school. “GEAR UP” stands for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs,” and the program’s goal is to help more students pursue their dreams of earning a college diploma or skillset certificate.

GEAR UP provides many free activities and services to help students and their families plan, apply and pay for education and training beyond high school. Examples include:
- College campus visits and tours
- Tutoring
- Credit recovery classes
- ACT/SAT test preparation workshops
- Academic day camps and workshops
- Financial aid workshops
- College prep summer academies
- College exploration and preparation workshops
- Career academies
- Leadership academies

GEAR UP offers extra support to two groups of students and their families:
- Students in the class of 2020 can participate in GEAR UP from their seventh grade year all the way through their high school graduation.
- All 12th grade students graduating between 2015 and 2021 can participate in GEAR UP during their senior year.

At times, GEAR UP may offer activities and services to other students, depending on funding regulations and availability.
GEAR UP will only be having one more FAFSA completion workshop on Monday, February 12th from 5pm-7pm in the media center.

Applications are now open for GEAR UP U! It is open to sophomores and will be June 27-30 at Marshall University. You can apply at the GEAR UP website at:

After-school STEM tutoring is available from Mr. Johnson and help with multi-media and technology projects is available from Mr. Knotts.
  • Are you an active GEAR UP student? Then you were busy last year! Check out how many hours our GEAR UP students spent on each GEAR UP service in 2016-17. (It totaled more than 30,000 hours!!) #GEARUPWorks
  • Our GEAR UP students were super busy last academic year! Check out these participation numbers for 2016-17. #GEARUPWorks
  • Congratulations to our very own Kaylee Ferrell from Scott High School for being a winner in the First Lady’s Wonderful West Virginia Mother’s Day essay contest! #GEARUPWorks