District Staff

GEAR UP District Partners

The Appalachian GEAR UP Partnership grant serves approximately 15,000 students from 10 school districts in the following Western North Carolina counties: Alleghany, Ashe, Burke, Clay, Graham, Madison, Swain, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey. Appalachian GEAR UP strives to create capacity in the districts that changes mindsets around college access and college goingness in a sustainable way. The goal is that the impact of Appalachian GEAR UP will be felt in the districts even after the grant has ended. 

*Elementary and Middle Schools served 2021 and beyond.


Alleghany County Schools

Ashe County Schools

Burke County Schools

Clay County Schools

Graham County Schools

Madison County Schools

Rutherford County Schools

Swain County Schools

Watauga County Schools

Wilkes County Schools

Yancey County Schools