Mission and Purpose

Haysville GEAR UP aims to expand the college-going culture in Haysville school district. By using an empowerment model that recognizes the assets and needs of local communities, Haysville GEAR UP looks to shift the district educational culture. Haysville GEAR UP aims to develop long-term, successful partnerships to support students in reaching college and providing them with the resources to succeed in college.

Haysville GEAR UP is a partnership grant that is administered by Wichita State University. Haysville GEAR UP follows a cohort or whole-grade model, meaning that services are provided to all students in the participating grade level, rather than a selected group of students. This grant provides college access and success services to all cohort students starting in the 6th and 7th grade and will continue to provide services through their first year of postsecondary education.

Haysville GEAR UP works with community-based partnership in USD 261 district in order to accomplish these goals. Through such partnership, Haysville GEAR UP provides students with direct services, including mentoring, tutoring, college visits, and financial aid counseling. The program will serve a minimum of 750 students each year. Class of 2024 and 2025 will be directly impacted by the program.




  • Increase the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education for GEAR UP students.
  • Increase the rates of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education for GEAR UP students.
  • Increase GEAR UP students’ and their families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.