The playing field isn't going to level itself.
Students of color account for two-thirds of all students in Seattle Public Schools. Yet, by high school they make up just 10 percent of the students in the district's advanced learning programs, the most rigorous academic preparation for college success. Similarly, students of color are not proportionally represented in local independent schools. When layering an income factor into the equation, the disconnect from educational advancement opportunities is most clearly defined.
Whatever the cause of that disparity, the outcome is clear; fewer of Seattle's students of color get the education and mentoring they need to gain admission to college and become leaders as adults. The disproportionately low numbers of students of color on college campuses, as well as the lack of men and women of color in positions of leadership nationwide, point back to a lack of equitable opportunities at a foundational level.
Education and opportunity for all committed and capable students is essential for a strong, just society.
That's why we created Rainier Scholars.