• ESC Region 12 GEAR UP

    Welcome to GEAR UP at KHS!

    My name is Julie McPherson and I am the GEAR UP Facilitator for the Class of 2023!

    GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federal initiative designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and excel in postsecondary education. 

    GEAR UP Objectives

    Objective 1: Increase the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education of GEAR UP students. 

    Objective 2: Increase rate of high school graduation, awareness, and participation in postsecondary education for GEAR UP students through a college  network.

    Objective 3: Increase GEAR UP students’ education expectations and students’ and their families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation and financing.

    GEAR UP Services

    Academic/Career Counseling       Academic Enrichment                      College Visit/Student Shadowing

    Comprehensive Mentoring          Educational Field Trips                     Family/Cultural Events

    Financial Aid Counseling             Financial Literacy                            Job Site visit/Job Shadowing

    Leadership Development            Parent Workshop                             Rigorous Academic Curricula

    Student Workshop                     Summer Programs                           Tutoring/Homework Assistance

    Contact Info:

    Julie McPherson

    GEAR UP Site Facilitator 

    Phone: 254-336-0477   254-541-8234

    Email: julie.mcpherson@killeenisd.org



  • The Christmas break is upon us! I hope that everyone has a wonderful break and be sure to look out for some amazing GEAR UP events in the new year! 

    Merry Christmas

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  • See Mrs. McPherson for information on the following field trips: 

     We will be taking some amazing field trips in the spring semester! Be on the look out for Indoor Sky Diving, Tour Mclane Stadium/Baylor, Sam Houston, and many more! 


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