About

Tacoma Public Schools acknowledges that we are on the traditional ancestral and historical lands of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.

We honor with gratitude the land itself and the Puyallup Tribe. This acknowledgement serves as a first step in honoring our nearest tribal neighbors and partners who have inhabited this region since time immemorial, and whom we give thanks for allowing us passage to their lands. We shall intentionally create inclusive and respectful partnerships that honor Indigenous cultures, histories, identities, and sociopolitical realities.

Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) is one of the largest districts in Washington State serving approximately 30,000 children in preschool through grade 12. The district has 35 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, 10 high schools and 4 early learning centers. 19 schools are designated as innovative.  TPS has nearly 5,000 employees and is one of the largest employers in Tacoma. 

Strategic Goals

Goal 1: Academic Excellence

We will support all students to perform at or above grade level and eliminate group disparities.

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Goal 3: Early Learning

We will focus on early assessment and intervention at the Pre-K through 3rd grade levels to ensure early academic success.

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Goal 2: Partnerships

We will fully engage our parents, community and staff in the education of our children.

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Goal 4: Health & Safety

We will create and maintain healthy and safe learning environments that promote excellent academic achievement.

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Goal 5: Operations 

We will focus on effective and efficient business practices to ensure student academic success.

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Free summer meal program for children and teens

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. We are the only district in Washington designated an Innovative School Zone by the Secretary of Public Instruction.

The Hilltop Artists in Residence glassblowing program is known nationwide. The Tacoma Public Schools also has two Montessori schools for K-5 and K-8. We are always working to keep students in school and help them succeed. Examples include Tacoma Virtual Learning online school, School of the Arts (SOTA), Science and Math Institute (SAMI) and Industrial Design Engineering and Design (iDEA)—programs that will provide significant enrichment and support, including extended school days for initial groups.

The district has a strong history of passing educational programs and operations levies and construction bond that have allowed the district to continue its 30-year plan to renovate, remodel or replace all of its schools. 

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Depa​rtments & Programs​

From Head Start to Athletics, Human Resources to Libraries and much more...​

​School Board​

Setting the course for achieving our goals
Board ​Meetings: bring your input!
Board Members
Policy Manual
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​Superintendent​

Carla Santorno


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Tacoma Public Schools Demographics

Race Percentage
American Indian or Alaska Native 1.04%
Asian 8.86%
Black or African American 13.33%
Hispanic/Latino 21.25%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3.23%
Two or more races 15.24%
White 37.05%