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Kent School District:

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educationWith 26,870 students and 3,270 employees, Kent School District is the fourth largest district in the state and the second largest employer in the greater Kent-Covington area.

There are 40 schools including 28 elementary schools, six middle schools, four high schools and three academies. There are over 120 different languages spoke in the Kent School District.

The mission of the Kent School District is to successfully prepare all students for their future.

The district’s commitment to preparing students for their future is evident through programs such as the Hire Me First card. When presented to prospective employers, this card indicates that the student has successfully demonstrated workplace skills. Teachers assign employability grades based on each student’s work habits and attitudes in areas such as cooperation, commitment to quality, productivity, attendance, and punctuality. Employability grades are a major factor in determining each student’s qualification for a Hire Me First Card. Partnerships between the district and business, civic groups, and local government continue to increase.

Examples of successful alliances include the district’s Career and Technical Education Programs-training programs that provide some of the most comprehensive vocational opportunities in the state. While the district continues to grow in number and diversity, strong leadership provided by the superintendent and the school board has resulted in the district proactively addressing student achievement in a rapidly changing and growing environment.

The district has won numerous state and national awards for excellence and boasts state test scores above the national median.

It is one of 6 school districts nationwide selected in 2003 as a Microsoft Center of Excellence for technology. The technology program was recently recognized nationally and internationally. It is ranked second of the top-ten large school districts in the nation by the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association.

Seven schools have been designated as National Blue Ribbon schools. The school board, consisting of five private citizens, received the 1998 Washington State School Board of the Year award. For the past 18 years, Kent School District has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Association of School Business Officials. Kent School District’s award-winning website has a wide variety of educational tools for parents, students, staff and community members.

Green River Community College:

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Green River Community College offers students many opportunities to discover success. As a two-year public college, GRCC offers degrees and certificates in academic education and in professional and technical programs. The college also offers area residents developmental education courses, continuing education, customized training and worker retraining programs.

Green River Community College serves the communities of Kent, Auburn, Renton, Maple Valley, Covington, Black Diamond, Enumclaw, Buckley, Algona, and Pacific. Approximately 9,500 students attend GRCC each quarter. While the majority of students come from local communities, the college draws students from all over western Washington for its unique programs, quality instruction and excellent student services. In addition, students from more than 40 countries attend the college each year.

The main campus of GRCC is on Lea Hill, east of Auburn. Green River Community College’s Kent Campus is located at Kent Station in downtown Kent. The Enumclaw Campus serves plateau-area residents with a variety of credit and non-credit classes.  In downtown Auburn, Green River’s Small Business Assistance Center (SBAC) is designed to provide technical assistance to small businesses in south King and north Pierce counties. As part of the Regional Enterprise Center, the SBAC offers assessment, referral services, and business counseling at no charge.

For more than 40 years, Green River Community College has provided quality education and training to its communities through instructional excellence, innovative programs and responsive services.

Rainier Christian School District:

Rainier Christian School District serves the families of south King County that are committed to a Christian education. The district was created seven years ago, following the merger of Kent View Christian Schools and Maple Valley Christian School, each with a rich legacy of Christian education spanning the past 30+ years.

The formation of the district facilitated the creation of Covington Christian Middle School and a third elementary school – Highlands Christian Elementary School (including Highlands Christian Preschool/Day Care). All of the campuses are now well-established and thriving. The growing district has allowed continued expansion of programs, a particular blessing as they seek to meet the needs of a growing demand for Christian education at elementary, middle and high school levels.

Additional Information

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