Mission and History


Pass With Flying Colors prepares Chicago’s underserved first-generation students for college and career success.


Kenny and Paula Goldman founded Pass With Flying Colors to enhance the natural motivation of underserved students in the academic middle and provide access to opportunities for their future. With equal focus on college access and persistence, Pass With Flying Colors scholars will graduate from college at dramatically higher rates than peers. Equipped with a bachelor's degree, they'll enter meaningful careers that provide economic opportunity and choice in their adult lives.


  • December 2, 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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.