Seattle Urban Academy (SUA) is part of a nationwide commitment to deliver relational, rigorous and relevant alternative education. We have served at-risk high school students in the Puget Sound region since 1989. Teachers and staff members establish student-centered relationships to develop students’ spiritual, academic and socio-emotional maturity, necessary to graduate from high school and successfully transition to higher education and sustained employment.

"I love compliments from teachers acknowledging that I’ve changed,” says Whitney Hill, SUA Junior. She arrived at SUA on empty. Deeply affected by her parents’ divorce, she had been skipping school and falling behind in credits. But she’s back on track now, with new focus and confidence. “I appreciate all of the teachers who didn’t give up on me, as well as the one-on-one attention
they give.”

In FY 2008, all SUA seniors graduated and are pursuing training in trades and higher education. One graduate will be employed with a development and construction company—achieving a goal he set in high school after connecting with a real estate professional at an SUA job shadow. Another student will be entering Job Corps. Three students plan to enter community college to pursue careers in computer science and education.

To better serve our students, we added American Sign Language and health to our course offerings. We also helped students plan for strong transitions post graduation through college site visits, and provided multiple career-development opportunities. Our first career fair was held in May, 2008, with 19 guest presenters. Students also explored careers of interest in the second annual CRISTA Job Shadow Day.

SUA implemented new web-based information systems that increase teachers’ ability to assess individual student needs frequently and gear planning toward meeting those needs. The outcome? Improved ability to support students' attendance as well as their personal and academic development.

Seattle Urban Academy

Revenues(In thousands)

Fees for service$22


Investment income16


Expenses(In thousands)

Program services$448

Fundraising & Promotion140

Management & General23


SUA Students