Seattle University Recognized by Seattle Public Schools for Partnership


Seattle University will be recognized March 6 by Seattle Public Schools at next week’s board meeting, for the university’s partnership with Bailey Gatzert Elementary School. The campus’ neighborhood school had the highest rate of growth in the district, in their student proficiency (MSP scores) during the 2011-12 academic year.  

Bailey Gatzert Principal Greg Imel said the school’s partnership with the Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI) is “tremendously helping” the students. The school now provides two hours of afterschool academic lessons and enrichment classes for nearly half the students, essentially extending the school day.  

Launched in early 2011, the SUYI is a long-term campus-wide commitment by faculty, staff and students to join parents, Seattle Public Schools, the City of Seattle, faith communities and more than 30 community organizations to help children in the Bailey Gatzert neighborhood thrive in school, attend college and succeed in life. SU and its partners are making progress throughout the community through educational programming, citizenship classes, tax assistance, computer literacy, health education and more.    

We are so much stronger working in collaboration than we are working in isolation. Nowhere is that more clear than in the collective impact we, following the lead of Gatzert school administrators, teachers and committed parents, are having on neighborhood students,” said SU President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J. “We are in this effort for the long haul, and we won’t be satisfied until every child in our neighborhood graduates from high school and has an opportunity to go to college.”  

SU received the 2012 Presidential Award for community service. The honor is the highest recognition by the federal government to a college or university for civic engagement, service-learning and volunteerism.  Selected from 800 colleges and universities SU was the only winner chosen as the top institution in the Promise Neighborhoods category, in recognition of the work being accomplished with neighbors and community partners, through the SUYI.  

“Community involvement in our schools is so important, and we know that much of the success at Bailey Gatzert has to do with Seattle University’s involvement and commitment to our students. We cannot thank them enough for this important partnership,” said José Banda, Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools. “We have seen tremendous improvement at Gatzert and I am grateful for Principal Greg Imel’s leadership and I am proud of school staff, families and students.”  

WHEN: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 
             4:15 p.m.  

WHERE:  Seattle Public Schools Headquarters, John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence 
                2445 3rd Ave. S.  
                Seattle, WA 98134       

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