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Our Mission

The Kent Schools Foundation is a non-profit educational foundation established to support and help fund excellence and equity for all students in the Kent School District.

The Kent Schools Foundation works hand-in-hand with the Kent School District to pursue increased student achievement to support the District's effort to successfully prepare all students for their futures. This joint effort has resulted in the creation of two shared goals:

1) Increase high school graduation rates, and

2) Increase post-secondary enrollment and graduation

To measure progress toward these goals, the Kent Schools Foundation and the Kent School District developed indicators of student success. These are research-based gauges at different points along the pre-K to post-12th grade continuum.

Success indicators are measured for current levels of success, and have strategic targets above current levels. Additionally, each success indicator will be supported by specific school district programs and/or partners. These programs are measured on their ability to meet or exceed strategic targets for their associated success indicator.



Key Success Indicators

Early Learning


Pre-K: Early Developmental Screening and Quality Pre-School

All children should be fully screened for physical, emotional, and cognitive development at least once before they enter preschool or kindergarten to be sure they’re healthy and developing properly.

Research shows that participation in quality preschool programs impacts the success and well-being of students in school and throughout their lives


The achievement gap begins before students enter school. Ensuring children are ready to succeed in Kindergarten will close opportunity gaps and increase elementary achievement.

Elementary School


3rd Grade Reading At or Above Grade Level

Students who are not reading at grade level in third grade are 4 times less likely to graduate from high school.
Third grade marks a turning point in a child's education, where he or she goes from learning to read to learning through reading.


Research shows that children who fall behind in the earliest stages of reading are at heightened risk for chronic absence, and failing to graduate high school.

Middle School


7th Grade Achievement

Tracking seventh grade achievement indicates how students are managing the transition from elementary school and identifies support they need in that transition. Subjects of focus are math and English.


8th Grade Algebra - Passing & Progression

Tracking seventh grade achievement indicates how students are managing the transition from elementary school and identifies support they need in that transition. Subjects of focus are math and English.

High School


9th Grade Attendance and Achievement

According to research, "on-track" 9th graders (passing all, or all but one class) are four times more likely to graduate as those who are not on-track. Also, students receiving a 'D' or below in math and/or English are 3 times more likely to drop out of school.


On average, students who earn a 2.5 GPA or less in their freshman year have significantly lower graduation rates than students who earn a 2.5 or higher.


Research shows that missing 5-9 days of class per semester translates to a 63% graduation rate. Missing 10-14 days results in a 41% graduation rate. In Chicago Public Schools, missing only 0-4 days resulted in an 87% graduation rate.


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IGrad Grant Award

Kent Schools Foundation Provides Grant to IGrad

This fall the Kent Schools Foundation provided a $499 grant to the district's IGrad Program. This grant funded the purchase of 333 individual bus tickets for use on Metro Transit. These tickets will provide transportation to IGrad participants, helping them attend more frequently as they gain valuable college and career skills.

Want to learn more about iGrad and the education options available to our students? Click Here.



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