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    graphic design image of a road map with process points along the way to complete the Academy for Rising Educators.

    The Academy for Rising Educators (ARE) is Seattle Public Schools' teacher pathway program that aims to get students and classified employees on the road to a teaching certificate based on their needs and level of educational attainment. 

    The newest pathway for recent SPS graduates and AA-seeking adult learners is a partnership between Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Central College and the City of Seattle. The program works with current SPS high school students, who – upon graduation – attend Seattle Central College to earn their AA degrees tuition free through the Seattle Promise Scholarship. While earning their degrees, students work for SPS as Paraeducators (classroom assistants), earning a salary and full benefits.

    Once students complete their AA degrees, they enter SPS’s bachelor's degree/teacher cert programs to begin earning their BA and their teaching certificate using scholarships.

    When finished, they become SPS teachers earning $59,000+ per year, just four years out of high school.

    If you are a high school student with SPS or are considering working as a paraprofessional with the district and need your AA, fill out our interest form today!