Mission and History

Mission:  

Pass With Flying Colors prepares Chicago’s under-served high school students to be successful in college. With equal focus on both college access and persistence, we approach degree attainment for PWFC scholars by providing each student with  individualized support, academic enrichment, and mentoring.

Vision:  

Kenny and Paula Goldman founded PWFC with the vision create a impactful program that enhanced students’ natural motivation to want to not only pass, but pass with flying colors. Ultimately, with unwavering support from a vibrant community, these students would earn a bachelor’s degree and have myriad opportunities and choices in their adult lives.

History:  

  • December 2, 2016

    2016

    Pass With Flying Colors sees another class of seniors graduate high school, and 100% of these scholars enroll in college. 86% of PWFC's college cohort return for their sophomore year. Pass With Flying Colors is now serving nearly 90 students in both the College Ready and College Success programs.
  • December 2, 2016

    2015

    100% of Pass With Flying Colors' graduating seniors enroll in college. PWFC's program grow as it's largest cohort of 25 freshman begins the program. This expansion enables PWFC to serve 75 students in high school and college.
  • December 2, 2016

    2014

    PWFC’s College Success program launches as the first cohort begins the college application process. Seniors attend the Onsite Admissions Forum and receive 48 early college admissions decisions. Juniors are paired with a mentor who will support them through their college journey.
  • December 2, 2016

    2012

    PWFC recruits its second freshman cohort. The College Ready program uses a teacher-led model to facilitate workshops on academic habits. A reading program is launched, and experiential learning is included as a core program component after PWFC scholars participate in a 4-day/3-night leadership development camp in Wisconsin.
  • December 2, 2016

    2011

    The Goldmans and PWFC's Founding Executive Director, Erin Drury, transition PWFC's programs to provide more intensive and individualized support for high school and college. They launch PWFC Scholars with an 8-year model serving students throughout high school and college. PWFC launches the College Ready program at CICS Northtown Academy with a cohort of 10 freshmen. PWFC Summer of Discovery also launches, providing college exposure to Northtown sophomores and juniors. Summer of Discovery culminates in a summer immersion experience on a college campus for 1-3 weeks.
  • December 2, 2016

    2010

    Founders Kenny and Paula Goldman launch Pass With Flying Colors after learning that less than 8% of Chicago Public Schools students will graduate from college. PWFC partners with CICS Larry Hawkins, a new public charter school in the Altgeld Gardens community. PWFC provides a backpack filled with school supplies to each of the 200 students at the school. PWFC also sponsors all after-school clubs and programs for the school's first year.

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