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GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) offers the students, families, educators, and communities of selected South Carolina high schools services that promote academic achievement and college awareness.

GEAR UP is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Charleston County School District.


To significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
Vision - B.R.I.G.H.T.
B - Building
R - Readiness for
I - Improvement in
G - Graduation and
H - Higher education for
T - Tomorrow

Target Schools/Eligible Participants

GEAR UP serves the entire grade population for the graduating classes of 2017 and 2018 at the following schools:
  • Burke High School
  • Garrett Academy of Technology
  • West Ashley High School
  • R. B. Stall High School
  • North Charleston High School
  • CCSD GEAR UP Partners

  • Communities In Schools
  • College Board
  • Chamber of Commerce-Education Foundation
  • Heritage Trust Credit Union
  • South Carolina Federal Credit Union
  • College of Charleston Admissions Office
  • College of Charleston Pre College Programs
  • Charleston Southern University
  • The Citadel
  • Trident Technical College
  • YMCA Teen Achievers


Project Advisor: Amy Neloms, CCSD Director of Guidance and Counseling Services
Project Director: Dennis G. Muhammad
Burke High School (843) 579-4815
  • Robert Ellington
  • Allison Hurley
Garrett Academy of Technology (843) 745-7126
  • Tamisha Hill
  • Toni Linnen
North Charleston High School (843) 745-7140
  • Jean Rebecca
  • Toni Linnen
R. B. Stall High School (843) 764-2200
  • Toni Linnen
  • Andres Carson
West Ashley High School (843) 573-1201
  • Allison Hurley
  • Contact Us

    Dennis G. Muhammad
    843-573-1201 x2302

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