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Highline Awarded $7 Million Grant to Boost Graduation
Highline Public Schools has been awarded a grant for $6,936,000 over six years by the US Department of Education. The grant program – Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) -- supports programs designed to dramatically increase high school graduation, success in higher-level courses, and post-secondary achievement.
Highline will work closely with grant partners Highline College, the University of Washington Dream Project, and the Community Center for Education Results to deliver services to students, beginning with this year’s seventh graders. The services will follow these students into college.
“This grant allows us to expand on what we know works – matching every student with a key adult who can recognize early warning signals and helping students engage in real-world learning so they are excited about their future and committed to success at the highest levels,” said Kyla Lackie, College & Career Access Manager.
Highline is the only school district in in the state to receive the GEAR UP grant in several years. The last award was to Wenatchee School District in 2008.
“I am so proud of our Highline team,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “We are thrilled that the Department of Education has recognized the alignment between GEAR UP and our Promise stated in our strategic plan, to know every student by name, strength and need so they graduate ready for college, career and citizenship.”
The Highline GEAR UP Partnership will support 1,445 students in cohort 1 and similar numbers in cohorts 2 and 3, for a total of 4,130 students total over a six years.
The grant will support an array of services, including advisory programs in every middle and high school, support for students in developing their High School & Beyond plans, and Success Deans in every school who track student progress.