GEAR UP-2-Learn is a customized curriculum for 7th and 8th grade to help students acquire academic success behaviors, self-monitoring skills and financial literacy. Students are provided the opportunity to understand their personal learning styles, define their learning and education goals, create individual education mission statements, work effectively in groups and acquire college knowledge.
The majority of the curriculum outline is built on the publication The Skinny on College Success that is the product of a GUK partnership with Premier Publications. The financial literacy portion of the curriculum focuses on Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance. Additionally, the ILP is a key tool used throughout the curriculum. The 20-hour curriculum is divided into 45 minute class sessions for 7th and 8th grade students. Each chapter is a combination of student readings and in-class activities. At each grade level, students demonstrate skills learned through completion and presentation of a final team project.