Seniors Celebrate UWT Pathways to Promise




Emerald Ridge High School

Several jaguars were celebrating with friends and staff when representatives from the University of Washington Tacoma came to visit Emerald Ridge on Wednesday, March 9.

Thanks to the Pathway to Promise partnership between the University of Washington Tacoma and the Puyallup School District, some ERHS seniors will be making a smoother transition from high school to university.

Students who had applied to the school and have met admission requirements were awarded certificates by UWT staff. They are now automatically accepted as freshmen at the UW Tacoma campus should they choose to register.

Last spring, 19 ERHS students were admitted to the school as part of the Pathways to Promise partnership.

The partnership program is based on the work of a leading education researcher Pat McDonough, who developed a model called Nine Elements to Support and Encourage a College-Going Culture. These elements include:

  • College talk
  • Clear expectations
  • Information and resources
  • Comprehensive counseling
  • Testing and curriculum
  • Faculty involvement
  • College partnerships
  • Articulation (seamless experience from K-12)

Through the partnership, students are expected to have a more seamless transition to a four-year university with the overall objective of increasing the number of high school graduates from Puyallup who earn a college degree.

On February 29, the UWT welcomed several students from Puyallup High School.  On March 8, Rogers High School students celebrated their acceptance.

This partnership is yet another effort in the Puyallup School District to promote post-secondary opportunities.  In the past, Puyallup has also partnered with other colleges and post-secondary institutions.  Additionally, the district currently prepares students for life beyond high school through programs such as the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), No Excuses University, College Bound Scholarship, and annual post-high school planning nights.

 

Puyallup High School 

Opportunities abound for some seniors at Puyallup High School thanks to the “Pathway to Promise” partnership and a lot of hard work.

Monday, February 29, representatives from the University of Washington Tacoma were at PHS to award certificates to several seniors who had applied to the school and have met admission requirements. They are now automatically accepted as freshmen at the UW Tacoma campus should they choose to register.

To be considered for automatic admission to UW Tacoma, students need to meet the following four criteria:

  • 2.7 or higher grade point average
  • 480 SAT scores (each section) or 21 or higher on ACT
  • Basic graduation requirements
  • Well-written admission letter

Through the partnership, students are expected to have a more seamless transition to a four-year university with the overall objective of increasing the number of high school graduates from Puyallup who earn a college degree. This partnership is an important component of the district’s on-going effort to provide better access to post high school opportunities such as higher education at colleges and universities.

In the coming week, celebrations of Puyallup School District students being admitted to UWT will take place at other high schools in our community.

To learn more about the Pathway to Promise partnership between the University of Washington Tacoma and the Puyallup School District view the video below:

 

 Rogers High School

Thanks to the Pathway to Promise partnership between the University of Washington Tacoma and the Puyallup School District, several Rogers Rams will be making a seamless transition from high school to university.

Tuesday, March 8, representatives from the University of Washington Tacoma were at RHS to award certificates to several seniors who had applied to the school and have met admission requirements. They are now automatically accepted as freshmen at the UW Tacoma campus should they choose to register.

The Pathway to Promise partnership was initiated in the Puyallup School District in 2013.  The first program of its kind in Washington State, and the second in the nation, this program formalizes a partnership between a four-year institution and a public school district providing greater access to post high school opportunities.

Last fall, 60 graduates from the Puyallup School District were admitted to UWT as part of the Pathways To Promise program. “This partnership has resulted in a tenfold increase in the number of Puyallup School District students accessing the UWT and taking advantage of this opportunity,” says PSD Superintendent Tim Yeomans.

On February 29, the UWT welcomed several students from Puyallup High School.  On March 9, Emerald Ridge students will celebrate their acceptance.

“The opportunity that Puyallup students now have has greatly changed the landscape to participate in post-secondary opportunities,” said Chief Equity and Achievement Officer Gerald Denman. In the past, Puyallup has also partnered with other colleges and post-secondary institutions.  Additionally, the district currently prepares students for life beyond high school through programs such as the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), No Excuses University, College Bound Scholarship, and annual post-high school planning nights.