Helping Pasadena Unified School District:
The Pipeline to Success Project
Pipeline to Success was a pilot program developed by IEA in partnership with the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) and Avery Dennison Foundation. Designed specifically to serve highly able, underserved youth in PUSD, the program ran from 1999 to 2010.
The program provided gifted middle and high school students in the PUSD with enrichment classes, Personal Education Plans, and other services, and stressed strong relationships among students, teachers, parents, Program Coordinators and enrichment teachers. Beginning in 7th grade, every student had a Personalized Education Plan, updated twice yearly. IEA sponsored weekend and summer enrichment classes, a three-day camp, and several evening events with parents and students. Teachers participated in training sessions.
Beginning at Woodrow Wilson Middle School, the program expanded to include Pasadena High School and Blair High School through generous funding from the Avery Dennison Foundation, the Rose Hills Foundation, Washington Mutual Foundation, The Ann Peppers Foundation, and the Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation. At its peak, 270 students were enrolled, and all students graduated by 2010. All Pipeline students graduated from high school, compared with a 69% graduation rate district-wide.
Though Pipeline is not an active program, IEA is proud to have served this community and is open to partnerships with other schools and school districts to provide similar programming to benefit gifted and talented students.