About Turning Point Seattle
Giving every student a chance to thrive.
Turning Point Seattle’s mission is to value diversity, strive for equity and work for the inclusion of all students.
We accomplish our mission by
- Engaging students in fun tutoring and STEM programs throughout the year.
- Prioritizing students who qualify for the National School Lunch Program.
- Building relationships at every level – with students, parents, teachers, principals, family advocates and community partners.
Shoreline Schools, historically white and middle class, continue to increase in diversity – culturally, ethnically and economically. There are 75 different languages spoken at home and more than 48% are students of color. The opportunity gap for students facing racial or economic inequity continues to be a challenge throughout the district.
“The students we serve are among the most ethnically and linguistically diverse in the Shoreline School District. Many are bicultural and bilingual, the first in their families to navigate the U.S. school culture. Our work at Turning Point Seattle is to ensure that these brilliant and underserved students reach their full academic potential.”
Lynn Newcombe, Executive Director
How Our Vision Began
Dr. Rose Madrid Swetman founded Turning Point Seattle in 2006 in order to meet the needs of students in her community, many of whom were the children of immigrants. Rose, a pastor, and her staff and volunteer teams provided basketball camps, tutoring, mentoring and leadership development programs for students in Shoreline.