Merrilee Lyle, Principal
Grade level: 9–12
Free and Reduced Meals: 51.2%
Year school began to implement innovative practices: 2007
Kent Phoenix Academy is a choice high school that delivers a responsive flexible education through four unique programs: Kent Gateway, Kent Performance Learning Center, Kent Success and Kent Virtual High School.
Kent Gateway prepares students in grades 9–10 for high school success. Students work with the same core group of teachers in both grades focusing on increasing academic and social skills. Kent Performance Learning Center is a program for credit deficient students in grades 11–12. It blends digital and project-based learning with community mentors and partnerships. Kent Success program operates later in the day and offers credit deficient students an onsite, self-paced, computer-based education with the support of highly qualified staff. Kent Virtual High School provides self-paced rigorous courses that are approved by OSPI and the NCAA. Students have the ability to learn 24/7 from any location. The academy also houses a teen health clinic.
Kent Phoenix enrolls students by application. With a parent or guardian, students participate in an application and interview process and math and reading skills assessments. During the interview, students discuss their educational successes and challenges. Once a student is accepted into the school, agreements are signed by all parties. Parents, school personnel, and the student develop an individualized educational plan that addresses the student’s specific needs.