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Gear Up


The GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is designed to increase the number of low income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides six year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. Currently, GEAR UP is serving class of 2020 and 2021 at the following three schools: Mary Carroll High School, H.M. King High School, and Roy Miller High School.


  • Tutoring 
  • College Visits
  • Family and Cultural events 
  • Testing Preparation
  • Mentoring 
  • Summer programs 
  • Career Planning 
  • Financial Aid Counseling 
  • Educational Field Trips 
  • Organizational Skills 
  • College Planning

Mission Statement

GEAR UP is designed to create a college and career readiness environment for students and family members of our serviced schools with the goal to increase the number of students who graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college and the workforce and is dedicated to increase educational expectation for students while increase student and family knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparations, and finance focusing on students from undeserved communities who may be the first person in their families to enter and succeed in graduating high school and/or succeeding in graduating high school and/or succeeding in post-secondary education and is committed to providing a quality education for all serviced students to enable them to achieve their highest potential. 

Carroll High School CalendarHigh school logo

August 13: Educational Trip to Austin, Texas

August 26: Welcome Back Tigers!!

August 27-29: Senior Portfolios (Please see Academic Coach)

September 3: Resume Builder/Curriculum Vitae Workshop

September 9: Pre-FAFSA Workshop

September 23-27: National Gear Up Week

*For more information on each event please contact Academic Coach

Contact Us

  • Name: Carlos Alvarado
  • Title: Academic Coach II 
  • Email:
  • Phone: 361-593-4564
  • Location: Carroll High School Room 240

Follow Us on Social Media

  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Facebook

Carroll High School ISD

H.M. King High School Calendar

Welcome Back! 

ApplyTexas Application 

TSI (Reading/Writing/Math) 

ACT Registration 

National Gear Up Week 

  • For more information on each event please visit the Go Center 

Contact Us

  • Name: Omar Pena
  • Title: Academic Success Coach II
  • Email:
  • Phone: (361)595-8600 ext. 6451 
  • Go Center

Follow us on Social Media 

  • Twitter: @tamukgu 
  • Instagram: @tamukgu 
  • Facebook: /tamukgu or /hmkgocenter 
  • Remind: Class of 2020 - @hmkgu2020 / Class of 2021 - @hmkgu2021

H.M. King ISD 

Roy Miller High School 

August 13            Educational Trip to Austin, Texas 

September 17      Coastal Bend Area Career Expo (7 PM to 9 PM @ TAMU-CC)

September 23-27 National Gear Up Week 

October 29           Educational Trip to Rio Grande Valley, Texas 

December 6          Educational Trip to  Houston, Texas 

  • For more information on each event please contact Academic Coach

Contact Us

  • Name: Analisa Garcia

  • Title: Academic Success Coach II

  • Email:

  • Phone: 361-878-5100 ext 20052 or 20053 

  • Location: Career Center Room 114

    Follow us on Social Media 

    • Twitter @gearupbucs
    • Instagram @GEARUPbucs
    • Facebook Gear UP Miller HS 

Miller High School ISD


Parents of GEAR UP students also receive information about the importance of secondary and post-secondary education for their children. Your participation in the GEAR UP program can make a significant difference to your child's future as he or she is impacted by the grant's initiatives. Here's how GEAR UP is helping:

  • Informational meetings
  • Financial aid & scholarship information and counseling
  • Understanding college requirements
  • Financial planning assistance
  • Parent/Teacher conferences