An Alternative
School for Self Starters


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What is GearUp Academy?

GearUp Academy, is a non-traditional high school that provides opportunities for students to cultivate a growth mindset and develop the social and emotional skills needed to succeed. The program balances curriculum with authentic experiences in recognizing opportunities, critical thinking, problem solving, communication skills, and entrepreneurial thinking. Under our guidance, students will;

  • Earn their high school diplomas.

  • Participate in the startup and operation of a business or develop and implement a social action project to drive positive changes in the community.

  • Work as interns/apprentices with a local business partner, nonprofit, or government agency.

Upon receipt of the diploma, students will be equipped to launch their own business ventures, to enter the workforce, to move onto higher education, or to change the world as they best see fit.



We will help our students develop their abilities and fulfill their hopes and dreams, and do it in a way that benefits them as well as the community at large.   


The Academy:


Provides a safe, comfortable environment where students are respected and listened to.



Promotes experiential learning through hands-on practice and off-site explorations.



Places all junior and senior students in jobs with a community business partner.


Collaborates with other professionals to enhance the learning experience.


"Change is the end result of all true learning."

Leo Buscaglia



The Academy also:



Upholds high expectations and standards for each student.


Encourages entrepreneurial ideas and research.


Promotes civic responsibility as well as leadership development.


Maintains procedures and consequences, not rules and punishments.


Gauranteed Jobs for Juniors and Seniors

We are excited to announce a new program here at the Academy that pairs our junior and senior students with jobs working with one of our innovative community business partners:

Article One Eyewear, Skypoint/100K Ideas, ISource, Northgate, C3 Ventures, Motion Resources, Al Serra, Dee Cramer, Crust/French Laundry, Crepe Company, The Whiting, Peabody Ice Tower, JD Photo Imaging, ELGA Credit Union, Totem Books


The Ferris Wheel in Downtown Flint

The Academy is located in the newly renovated Ferris Wheel building. The Ferris Wheel is a co-working space for professionals, startups, freelancers, and students to network and collaborate. This is an ideal learning environment. 

The Ferris Wheel
615 S Saginaw St
Flint, MI 


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