iGrad – a dropout reengagement program

What happens to a student once he or she is drops out of school? How do Washington’s public schools effectively re-engage students who have dropped out?

Without a solid district-wide plan to re-engage students, many high school students may find it nearly impossible to graduate with a high school diploma, let alone go on to earn a post-secondary degree.

iGrad is an individualized graduation and degree program located in the Kent School District.  Now entering its second year, iGrad serves youth 16-21 years of age in a dropout reengagement program.

Students who have not been successful in a traditional high school may choose to enroll in iGrad where they can opt into one of four types of programs and earn a:

  • Kent School District High School Diploma
  • Washington state High School Diploma
  • GED
  • High School Diploma leading to an Associate’s Degree (from Green River Community College)
  • High School Diploma leading to a Career Certificate

The flexibility of day and evening classes, access to a post-secondary education, and the possibility of earning a state-funded Associates Degree from Green River Community College is a very appealing option for a growing number of students.

Current enrollment at iGrad reaches approximately 500 students. Principal Carol Cleveland, iGrad’s dedicated and highly effective principal anticipates that the program will be able to house approximately 900 students for the 2013-2014 school year.  iGrad is also highly supported by Kent’s Superintendent Dr. Lee Vargas.

The potential for this program is huge.  Not only will iGrad reach students from Kent, but the program also pulls students across King County.  As we look towards more equitable options for students who have been affected by disproportionate discipline, who need more alternative schooling options, and who need access towards a post-secondary credential- iGrad presents a viable model.

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