Tacoma Public Schools announces second tuition-free, Montessori-inspired Bezos Academy preschool to serve area families beginning this fall

Bezos Academy will open two tuition-free, full-day Montessori-inspired preschool classrooms this fall to be hosted by Tacoma Public Schools on the Roosevelt Elementary School campus. This is the fifth school announced by Bezos Academy, and the second to be located in Tacoma. The first Tacoma location, announced in February, will open in the fall in the primary school building next to McCarver Elementary School.

“We’re heartened by this ongoing investment in the children of Tacoma, especially since pandemic-related school closures have exacerbated the shortage of affordable early education options for our families,” said Superintendent Carla Santorno. “We also have, across our district, a large number of free TPS preschool openings for the coming year. Between our classes and those offered by our community partners, we’re well-positioned to help Tacoma families find high quality early learning experiences for their children.”

Since the Tacoma School Board of Directors adopted its original strategic plan in 2012, two of the primary goal areas for expansion and investment have been Early Learning and Partnerships. Tacoma Public Schools operates public preschool programs at 32 elementary schools and early learning centers.

“We believe all children deserve the great start that an excellent preschool provides,” said Bezos Academy President Mike George. “We feel fortunate to have found like-minded partners in the Tacoma Public Schools, and we’re excited to add two new early childhood options convenient for families in this community.”

The Tacoma, WA-Roosevelt Bezos Academy will open October 2021. It will serve up to forty students across two classrooms as part of a full-day, five-day-a-week program that operates year-round. Families earning up to 400% of the federal poverty limit with children aged three-to-four are eligible to apply. All admitted students attend tuition-free. The application process opens this week and will remain open until the selection lottery on August 11. For more information, please visit https://www.bezosacademy.org/eligibility/. Bezos Academy prefers to hire teachers from the local community and posts open full-and-part-time jobs on their website: https://www.bezosacademy.org/open-roles.

Media Contact

Dan Voelpel, Executive Director of Communications | 253-571-1015 | dvoelpe@tacoma.k12.wa.us

Katie Ford, Head of Communications | 206-705-7834 | katie.ford@bezosacademy.org

About Tacoma Schools

Tacoma Public Schools is the only district designated an Innovation Zone by Washington State. A leader in implementing innovative schools and programs to meet the diverse needs of every student, every day, TPS serves approximately 30,000 students from preschool to grade 12 and at nearly 5000 employees is one of the largest employers in Tacoma. Learn more...

About Bezos Academy 

Bezos Academy is a non-profit organization that is building a network of high-quality, tuition-free preschools. Their preschools offer year-round, full-day programming, five days a week, for children ages 3-5 years old from low-income families. Bezos Academy also provides students with all necessary educational supplies and services to set each student up for success, including Montessori materials, books, arts and crafts, field trips, and meals. For more information, please visit: www.bezosacademy.org. 


Media Contact

Dan Voelpel, Executive Director of Communications | 253-571-1015 | dvoelpe@tacoma.k12.wa.us

About Tacoma Schools

Tacoma Public Schools is the only district designated an Innovation Zone by Washington State. A leader in implementing innovative schools and programs to meet the diverse needs of every student, every day, TPS serves approximately 30,000 students from preschool to grade 12 and at nearly 5000 employees is one of the largest employers in Tacoma. Learn more...


 

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