Sixth and seventh grade students at Chase and Eisenhower Middle Schools will benefit from a seven year, $2.2 million grant that will follow the students through their high school graduation at Highland Park High School in 2020 and 2021.
The GEAR UP Grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Its goal is to transform youth from low income households, first generation students and students with disabilities into college success stories.
Researchers from the University of Kansas Center for Educational Opportunity Programs (CEOP) are partnering with Topeka Public Schools. Director Tonya Waller said, “Our objectives include improved academic performance, more rigorous curriculum such as college advanced placement classes, increased postsecondary enrollment and raised expectations for achievement among students, parents and teachers. We aim to build more of a college-bound culture in these schools.”