Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness in Superior (GEARS) is a unique pre-college program that is administered, funded, and staffed in partnership with the Superior School District. Beginning in 6th grade, teacher-identified Superior Middle School students enroll in GEARS to increase their academic abilities and the number of developmental assets they encompass to actualize their current and future potential.

Four primary goals of GEARS:

  1. Increase the number of at-risk students who are well-prepared to succeed as they advance from Superior Middle School to Superior High School
  2. Increase the retention and degree attainment among UW-Superior low income, first generation, and underrepresented populations through the opportunity to engage in Academic Service-Learning and ongoing mentoring
  3. Build a sustainable, replicable community program
  4. Increase the percentage of students that graduate from Superior High School and are well-prepared to succeed in a Post-Secondary educational setting

UW-Superior students have worked to achieve these goals from January 2010 to July 2012 by providing a total of 10,814 direct service hours to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at Superior Middle School.

Three program components of GEARS:

  • Academic tutoring
  • Local weekend events
  • 4-week summer program