GEAR UP Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i P-20’s college access grant, is utilizing a coordinated, regional “6-16” approach to provide students with developmentally appropriate support to help them successfully complete high school, then enroll and persist in college.

6-16 high schools work with their feeder middle schools and higher education partners (UH campuses) to develop and implement a vertically-aligned, comprehensive 6-16 college and career program that will provide counseling and support for students to explore career interests, develop their Personalized Transition Plans (PTP), engage in work-based learning opportunities, transition successfully through the 6-16 pipeline, and eventually attain their career goals.

To help schools focus on their services, 6-16 middle schools coordinate activities that address college and career aspirations (e.g., a college pledge event, a college visit), while high school partners provide services focused on supporting their juniors students in preparing for college. In addition, middle school, high school, and college partners coordinate summer programs that focus on academic enrichment, STEM or transition.

6-16 Initiative

The 6-16 Aspirations to Completion to Career continuum includes specific projects 6-16 Regional Teams may implement to support students and families. The projects in the pipeline are not necessarily sequential and may begin as early as grade 6 and continue through the first year of college.

6-16 Aspirations to Completion to Career Continuum

6-16 Regional Teams

(as of 08/01/23)

Kaimukī-McKinley Team

  • Kaimukī High School

  • Jarrett Middle School

  • Washington Middle School

  • McKinley High School

  • Ke‘elikolani Middle School

  • Kapi‘olani Community College

Waipahu Team

  • Waipahu Intermediate School
  • Leeward Community College Pearl City

Wai‘anae-Nānākuli Team

  • Wai‘anae High School
  • Wai‘anae Intermediate School
  • Nānākuli High & Intermediate School
  • Leeward Community College Wai‘anae Moku

Farrington Team

  • Farrington High School
  • Dole Middle School
  • Kalākaua Middle School
  • Honolulu Community College

Leilehua Team

  • Leilehua High School
  • Wahiawā Middle School
  • Leeward Community College Pearl City

Windward (Soar Higher) Team

  • Kahuku High & Intermediate School*
  • Castle High School *
  • King Intermediate School
  • Kalāheo High School *
  • Kailua Intermediate School *
  • Kailua High School*
  • Waimānalo Elementary & Intermediate School
  • Olomana School
  • Windward Community College

Not a 2023-24 GEAR UP School


Ka‘ū-Kea‘au-Pahoa Team

  • Ka‘ū High & Pāhala Elementary School
  • Kea‘au High School
  • Kea‘au Middle School
  • Pahoa High & Intermediate School
  • Hawai‘i Community College Hilo

Hilo Team

  • Hilo High School
  • Hilo Intermediate School
  • Kalaniana‘ole Elementary & Intermediate School
  • Hawai‘i Community College Hilo

Honoka‘a-Kohala-Kealekehe-Konawaena Team

  • Honoka‘a High & Intermediate School
  • Pa‘auilo Elementary & Intermediate School
  • Kohala High School
  • Kohala Middle School
  • Kealakehe Intermediate School
  • Waikōloa Elementary & Intermediate School
  • Konawaena Middle School
  • Ke Kula ‘O ‘Ehunuikaimalino
  • Hawai‘i Community College Kō Education Center
  • Hawai‘i Community College Pālamanui

Waimea Team

  • Waimea High School
  • Waimea Canyon Middle School
  • Kaua‘i Community College

Molokaʻi Team

  • Molokaʻi High School
  • Molokaʻi Middle School
  • UH Maui College Molokaʻi

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