24 PWCS students graduate through George Mason University Early Identification Program
Posted on 07/06/2018
Class of 2018 GMU EIP GraduatesIn partnership with George Mason University’s Early Identification Program (EIP), 24 recent PWCS graduates experienced intensive academic and social support designed to prepare first generation students for college. Five of the students received scholarships to attend George Mason.

“PCWS has been in partnership with George Mason University since 1989 to promote and support college access for our students,” said Carolyn Custard, director for the Office of Student Services. “This is an outstanding partnership that provides a wide range of academic and social supports for our students, including college and career readiness programs, STEM enrichment, mentoring and tutoring.”

According to Khaseem Davis, director of EIP at George Mason, students enter the program in 8th grade and receive support through graduation. About 130 PWCS students are involved in the program each year. More than 90 percent of the students are students of color.

“EIP also engages families through our Strengthening the Family seminars, which promote advocacy through stressing the importance of family involvement and communication, and provide strategies to help parents navigate their student’s secondary and post-secondary experiences,” Davis said. “Our students also take part in an intense, three-week academic enrichment program that focuses on coursework they will be enrolled in the following academic year, with a particular focus on their core academic areas such as math, science and English.”

Rhina Alvarado, associate director, an EIP alumna and graduate of PWCS, said that all students who successfully complete the EIP and meet Mason’s admissions requirements are automatically admitted into George Mason, which helps the university diversify its student body. Graduates also have the option of attending other universities. This year’s graduates will also be attending Virginia State University, Harvard University, Radford University, Old Dominion University, Northern Virginia Community College, and Harford Community College.

Loree Williams and Daria Malsyukova
(PWCS School Board Member Loree Williams with student speaker and Colgan HS Graduate, Daria Malsyukova)