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    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!