Return to Headlines

Parent Academy for Student Achievement Receives Special Recognition Award from the Road Map Project

Road Map Project Awards Parent Academy for Student Achievement (PASA) received a special recognition award at the Road Map Project Awards Ceremony on March 5 held at the Museum of Flight. iGrad, and Kinder to College were also recognized by The Road Map Project as programs that advance equity and eliminate opportunity gaps for students in the South Seattle and South King County region.

Special Recognition Award winner PASA provides a nine-week course for parents who want to learn how to navigate the school system and guide their child's path to college, career, and a successful future. Parents and teachers collaborate to transform their child's educational environment, both at home and at school, so that all students can achieve their greatest academic potential and be prepared for their futures.

The programs were chosen by a panel of 15 judges comprised of local and national experts.

“High student achievement is our number one priority at the Kent School District,” said Superintendent Dr. Edward Lee Vargas. “All of these nominees are the result of dedicated leaders and a passion to maximize every students’ potential. I am proud that these programs were recognized, as it is a reflection of the commitment of district staff to innovation in education.”

The Road Map Project is a community-wide effort aimed at dramatically improving student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle.

“PASA is a proven, innovative way to help students succeed,” said Dr. Millicent Borishade, assistant director of Family & Community Services. “Enabling parent engagement in students’ education is key to long-term educational success, and this program has been very well received by our parents.”

Also featured as finalists were iGrad and KSD programs that promote college.

iGrad is an academy school designed for students ages 16 to 21 who have dropped out of school. Students can complete a GED, a high school diploma, an AA degree, or a professional certificate tuition-and fee-free. Classes are in three-hour blocks Monday through Thursday with Fridays dedicated to individual and small group tutoring and counseling services. Students are able to work their schedules around jobs, childcare, and transportation options. They have flexible schedules to manage their life both inside and outside of school.

Kinder to College is an opportunity for kindergartners and their families to visit local college campuses to encourage aspirations for higher education. The District follows this up with College Bound Conferences for middle school students and their families. Continued participation qualifies them for a College Bound scholarship.

To view all finalists, visit the Road Map Project awards page.