Middle Grade Initiative (MGI)

The multi-year Middle Grade Initiative (MGI) is a partnership between NAU GEAR UP and nine Arizona school districts in low-income rural communities that is premised on using data to drive a sustainable, high-expectations, college-going culture in middle grade schools.  The effort aims to show an increase, over the length of the program, in percentages of eighth grade students entering high school on-track to graduate college and career ready.

Annually, more than 6,000 students are enrolled in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades in the 18 participating MGI schools, which are also the feeders to 12 high schools serving the GEAR UP Class of 2018. 

Recognizing that “the level of academic achievement that students attain by the eighth grade has a larger impact on their college and career readiness by the time they graduate from high school than anything that happens academically in high school” (The Forgotten Middle, 2008), the MGI promotes use of data to inform improvements in curriculum and instruction (early readiness), as well as students’ preparation and motivation for a full range of postsecondary options (early awareness). 

  • MGI Schools

    Ray Borane MS
    Paul Huber MS
    Holbrook JH
    Bradshaw Mnt. MS
    Glassford Hill MS
    Liberty Traditional
    Black Mnt. Elem
    Kingman MS
    White Cliffs MS
    Winslow JH
    Bullhead City JH
    Fox Creek JH
    Mohave Valley JH
    Toltec Elem
    Arizona City Elem
    Cottonwood MS
    Mnt. View Prep
    Oak Creek Elem

  • Community

    Douglas
    Douglas
    Holbrook
    Dewey
    Prescott Valley
    Prescott Valley
    Golden Valley
    Kingman
    Kingman
    Winslow  
    Bullhead City
    Bullhead City
    Mohave Valley
    Eloy
    Arizona City
    Cottonwood
    Cottonwood
    Cornville

  • District

    Douglas Unified
    Douglas Unified
    Holbrook Unified
    Humboldt Unified
    Humboldt Unified
    Humboldt Unified
    Kingman Unified
    Kingman Unified
    Kingman Unified
    Winslow Unified
    Bullhead City Elem
    Bullhead City Elem
    Mohave Valley Elem
    Toltec Elem
    Toltec Elem
    Cottonwood-Oak Creek
    Cottonwood-Oak Creek
    Cottonwood-Oak Creek