Zaria Wilson celebrates her eighth-grade graduation June 13 from Kent’s Excel Public Charter School. It marks the first graduation class for the school with students who started in the sixth grade. COURTESY PHOTO, Excel Public Charter School

Zaria Wilson celebrates her eighth-grade graduation June 13 from Kent’s Excel Public Charter School. It marks the first graduation class for the school with students who started in the sixth grade. COURTESY PHOTO, Excel Public Charter School

Kent’s Excel Public Charter School recognizes first graduating class

72 students graduate from eighth grade

  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 2:34pm
  • Life

Seventy-two students were part of the first graduating class at Kent’s Excel Public Charter School.

The eighth-grade graduates entered the school as sixth graders three years ago when the school opened on the East Hill at 19300 108th Ave. SE. The graduation was June 13 in the school’s gym. Excel, a Green Dot school, offers grades seventh through ninth this year with a total of 165 students. The school will offer grades seventh through 10th next fall.

The students completed rigorous college prep curriculum, including Excel’s one-of-a-kind computational thinking program that teaches critical thinking skills rooted in computer science principles, according to school officials.

Washington voters approved the creation of charter schools in 2012. Charter schools are independent public schools operated by nonprofit organizations that are allowed more flexibility to be innovative with their educational program and are held accountable for improved student achievement.

Noah Oliver shows off his eighth-grade graduation certificate from Kent’s Excel Public Charter School. The June 13 graduation marked the first for the third-year school. COURTESY PHOTO, Excel Public Charter School

Noah Oliver shows off his eighth-grade graduation certificate from Kent’s Excel Public Charter School. The June 13 graduation marked the first for the third-year school. COURTESY PHOTO, Excel Public Charter School

Kent’s Excel Public Charter School had its first graduation on June 13 as eighth-graders were recognized for their accomplishments. COURTESY PHOTO, Excel Public Charter School

Kent’s Excel Public Charter School had its first graduation on June 13 as eighth-graders were recognized for their accomplishments. COURTESY PHOTO, Excel Public Charter School

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