Emerald Ridge students earn acceptance to UW Tacoma
Emerald Ridge students earn acceptance to UW Tacoma
Posted on 05/18/2016
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.
 
To view a slideshow of all celebrations, visit the PSD Equity and Achievement website.