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GEAR UP Provides Opportunity for PSAT for 9th Graders

On March 24, 2022, all 9th graders were extended an invitation to participate in PSAT 8/9 testing at their school-- at no cost-- thanks to funding from GEAR UP.

  • Of the 776 9th graders from across the state who participated in testing during the February/March testing period, 684 are DCSS students. 
  • Forty-four of our students earned 1000 or better. One of our students earned 1400! 
  • This is the first time that the district has provided all 9th graders with access to the PSAT 8/9.
These students will be better equipped for the PSAT/NMSQT, which the state administers to all 10th graders. Several scholarships use PSAT/NMSQT scores to help students to secure funding for college and academic honors. Having advanced access to the college admissions testing landscape has provided these students with a unique opportunity to develop and hone the skills they will need to enter and succeed in college.  

About GEAR UP: GEAR UP is a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of this program is to ensure that students from income-suppressed communities are prepared to enter and succeed in education beyond high school. GEAR UP Dougherty proudly serves all students in the Dougherty County School System's high school graduating classes of 2024 and 2025.