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RHS students earn acceptance to UW Tacoma
RHS students earn acceptance to UW Tacoma
Posted on 05/01/2016

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.