The Issaquah Schools Foundation – making the PSAT available to all students

Attention Issaquah School District families!

Starting this fall, the Issaquah School District will be conducting their first-ever all-school PSAT during the normal school day. Sophomores and Juniors will take the test, while freshman and seniors will work on career and future planning efforts.

In partnership with the Issaquah School District, The Issaquah Schools Foundation has committed to providing scholarships to any families unable to pay for the district’s PSAT.

Many parents don’t realize the benefits of the PSAT. Besides being a great practice run at the standardized testing later required by many colleges, students scoring high on the PSAT have the chance to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program. The website states that “Of the 1.5 million entrants, some 50,000 […] qualify.” Being a top finalist (top 15,000) leads to an actual financial award.

For students who take the PSAT, whether they are high or low scorers, they will find value in the personalized/comprehensive feedback along with a score report. Test takers also have the option to receive free admissions and financial aid information from colleges and scholarship programs — sure to jump start any reluctant student!

As an Issaquah Schools Foundation board member, I can say we are truly excited to be a part of bringing the PSAT to all students in the district!

July 28, 2009

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