PATH to College Success
PATH to College Success was a three-year project in collaboration with College Spark Washington and the Edmonds School District. Its purpose was to determine how all students can academically excel and be college ready. This project followed a group of 6th graders leaving elementary school through middle school and through their 9th grade year of high school.
The three-year study established an academic culture among these students, taught them necessary study and test-taking skills, and monitored their progress with feedback continuously. A major aspect of the study was holding these students accountable to the system and motivating them to excel. We followed these students through the next three years of high school.
PATH students were held to very high standards and succeeded because of the support. PATH showed that every student can excel when held accountable for high achievement with adequate support. The objective was simple: a GPA of 3.0 or higher, no D’s or F’s, pass a “College Knowledge” test, and be involved in at least two school or community activities (sports, volunteering, faith based, student government, etc.). Monthly Parent/Student meetings were held to develop a team effort and support the academic culture among the students.
Using Skyward, the on-line grading system, grades were monitored and documented for each pupil. PATH worked with students to communicate with teachers and make plans for success. Academic success earned congratulatory notes and emails. Those needing added support corresponded through e-mail, exploring tips on best practices to achieve. Earning a D or an F resulted in a letter, a “to-do” list, or a phone call home to discuss roadblocks and how to best address them. PATH utilized a LEARNING LABS after school to academically support students not only with just homework but to have sustained educational success with the necessary skills. This can all be done through after school support.
2013 “PATH to College Success” 9th Grade 2nd Semester Student Grades
(48 students for a total of 290 grades)
- 16 earned all A’s
- 3 more earned all A’s plus one other grade
- 61% (176/290) grades were A
- 29% (82/290) grades were B
- 9% (26/290) grades were C
- 1% (3/290) grades were D
- 0% (0/290) grades were F