Tukwila is the region’s 2012 leader in College Bound Scholarship enrollment (98%) and FAFSA filing among College Bound high school seniors (95%). This great success is the result of tireless work by school personnel and strong partnerships with community-based organizations.
One such exemplary partnership is between the district and Community Schools Collaboration, a nonprofit operating in the Tukwila School District and Highline Public Schools. Tukwila counselors, after-school program leaders, Refugee Success Club staff and other school personnel worked closely with Community Schools Collaboration site managers at Foster High School and Showalter Middle School to make sure College Bound eligible students were benefiting from the opportunities afforded by the College Bound Scholarship and FAFSA filing. School staff and partners took advantage of any opportunity to speak with students or parents, including phone calls, parent group meetings and student-led conferences. Formal events, such as College Bound Family Night and FAFSA Night, also drew dozens of students and their parents.
This persistent and targeted outreach has helped make the Tukwila School District a leader in ensuring eligible students have the resources to pursue a college education.