A little more than a year ago, six South King County school districts along with Seattle Public Schools won a four-year, $40 million federal grant, part of what’s known as the Race to the Top program.
Since then, they’ve been working together to carry out what they proposed, which includes building stronger ties between pre-kindergarten programs and the early elementary grades, improving instruction in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects, and encouraging more students to enroll in college or career programs after high school.
One other benefit of the whole effort is that Seattle and the six other districts — Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, and Tukwila — are working together much more than ever before, with an eye toward helping and learning from each other.
One small example: The districts recently decided to coordinate kindergarten registration this school year. Rather than having seven different kindergarten sign-up times, they will decide on a single start date.More