The 156 dropouts who have earned diplomas and GED certificates through the unlikely-looking iGrad program know well what a powerful opportunity Kent schools have provided. Each week, they ducked into a down-at-the-heels shopping mall for no-cost online courses that provided them a powerful leg up.
In January, The Seattle Times profiled iGrad as part of its yearlong look at solutions in education, and on Wednesday the National School Boards Association further confirmed the program’s impact with a Grand Prize Magna Award.
The honor recognizes districts making bold moves to improve public education.
Indeed, since iGrad began two years ago, its enrollment has surged. To date, more than 560 young dropouts — many of them from districts outside of Kent — have signed on to complete high school and move onto community college through its online-education courses.More