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Tacoma Public Schools, Washington

Location: Tacoma, WA

Population: 199,637

Closest City: Seattle, WA

Distance to Closest City: 30 min

Airport Code: SEA

Quick Facts:

Number of High Schools: 9
Students per High School: 1,500-1,900
Student to Teacher Ratio: 20:1
Approximate Start Date:Early September
Approximate End Date: Mid June
Fall Semester Offered: Yes
Spring Semester Offered: Yes
ESL Offered: Yes
IB Program Offered: Yes
Possibility of Graduation:Yes
Enrollment Restrictions: Cannot have already graduated, must be at least 14 years old
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Community Information

Tacoma is located at the foot of Mount Rainier and along the shores of Commencement Bay in Washington State. Tacoma is recognized as a livable and progressive international city. Tacoma is a thriving city with a revitalized downtown that caters to residents and visitors alike with its shopping, dining, theaters and award-winning arts and architecture. Tacoma offers world-class museums, beautiful parks, and a scenic waterfront. You can enjoy all the outdoor beauty that Tacoma has to offer and while visiting many of these popular Tacoma attractions.

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School Profile

The Tacoma Public Schools is the third largest district in Washington State. The district has been a "lighthouse" district for many years and often leads the way for the state's 296 districts in piloting new programs and implementing innovative ideas. The vision for Tacoma is to be an outstanding school district in which all students exhibit high standards of achievement and critical thinking skills, and are socially responsible, contributing members of their community. Deep, sustainable partnerships are formed with students, parents, and community members so students have additional support in order to reach these high standards.


The mission of the Tacoma Public Schools is to provide excellent instruction that results in increased student achievement and to create a dynamic partnership with parents and our community.

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