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In-School Programs

Students & Alumni

In-School Programs

What We Do

Our comprehensive in-school programs deliver support and guidance right where they’re needed most: to middle and high school students with great potential, who might otherwise lack the means to achieve a college education.


GEAR UP is a national initiative that encourages young people to have high expectations, stay in school, study hard and take the right courses to go to college. Students who complete the program may be eligible for a scholarship once enrolled in college.

Over the past 12 years, GEAR UP Massachusetts has helped more than 10,000 students chart a path toward high school graduation and college success. Students who participated have achieved gains in standardized test scores, as well as an increased likelihood of taking the SAT, completing financial aid forms, and enrolling in college.

Meet Our Team

Grace Ajayi

Academic Support Supervisor, GEAR UP

Tanner W. Senter

Education Advisor, GEAR UP

Stephany Velasco

Affordability Advisor, GEAR UP

Educational Talent Search

We work to help students succeed with age-appropriate activities to increase knowledge, financial literacy, and academic rigor. ASA provides curriculum and materials for classroom workshops, school-wide events, and off-site enrichment opportunities. We work with school guidance teams to provide:

Boston Talent Search

Students at Brighton High School, Community Academy of Science and Health (CASH), West Roxbury Academy, and Urban Science Academy are eligible to participate. To apply, parents and students should talk to a Talent Search Education Advisor at their school.

Download Application – in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Arabic, Swahili

Download Brochure for Brighton High School
Download Brochure for Community Academy of Science and Health
Download Brochure for West Roxbury Academy and Urban Science Academy

Meet Our Team

Rubens Dort

Education Advisor, Boston Talent Search

Julie Kimball

Project Director, Boston Talent Search and GEAR UP

Debbie Rateau-Laguerre

Education Advisor, Boston Talent Search

Kelli Rau

Career and College Supervisor, Boston Talent Search

Patrick White

Education Advisor, Boston Talent Search

Brockton Talent Search

Students at Brockton High School are eligible. Parents and students should apply through Green Guidance. For additional information, visit the Brockton High School Educational Talent Search page.

Download Application
Download Brochure

Meet Our Team

Rose Arthur

Project Director, Brockton Talent Search

Louise George

College Access Assistant, Brockton Talent Search

Iraimi Mercado

Education Advisor, Brockton Talent Search

Guimard St. Germain

Education Advisor, Brockton Talent Search

Upward Bound At Brockton High School

Upward Bound helps students develop the academic skills necessary to graduate from high school and get a college degree. It is a federally-funded TRIO program, authorized and funded by the U.S. Department of Education and run by ASA in collaboration with Brockton High School and Stonehill College.

Through an academic year after-school program and a summer program, we offer enrichment activities and workshops that focus on college and career readiness, financial aid, standardized testing, and cultural development to low-income and at-risk Brockton High School students. Watch this video to see the impact of this program at Brockton High School.

For more information students can speak with their guidance counselor at Brockton High School or contact:

Jermaine Graham
Yellow Science Department BHS