74 percent ‘college bound’ signup rate

— A total of 339 or 74% of last year’s eligible Sunnyside School District eighth graders signed up for the College Bound Scholarship.

Additionally, for having a sign-up rate above 71%, Sunnyside School District and Sierra Vista Middle School, whose sign-up rate was 88%, earned Gold Start Awards for the class of 2021, District communications director Jessica Morgan said.

Statewide, the average sign-up rate was 71 percent, with more than 30,000 of last year’s eighth graders signing up.

Students who sign up for the scholarship graduate from high school and enroll in college at higher rates than their low-income peers.

The first cohort of College Bound students graduated from high school in 2012. Since then, the four-year high school graduation rate for these students has consistently been like the statewide average, and more than 10 percentage points higher than for low-income students who were eligible but didn’t sign up.

The first few cohorts of students who signed up for the scholarship have begun enrolling in college and do so at rates at or above the statewide average.

“We are excited for the opportunity our students will have as they graduate from high school. Signing up for the College Bound Scholarship gives students a reason to focus on academics and hope for their future,” Sierra Vista Middle School principal Julie Perez said.

“Many students think that a college education is out of reach for them; this agreement helps them realize if they work hard in school, they can go to college,” she said.


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