Strategic Plan

Why we need​ a strategic plan

A message from the Board of Directors

The Tacoma School District 2020-2025 Strategic Plan is the result of our belief that all students achieve their full potential by participation in an educational experience that is relevant, challenging and individualized, an experience that shares such common values as equity, cultural understanding, accountability and leadership and was designed based on the overarching goals of achievement, innovation, instruction, collaboration, early learning, and safety for all students in all schools.

Through this Strategic Plan the Tacoma School District will gain:

  • A roadmap that drives district initiatives
  • Educational programs and philosophy rooted in the district’s core values
  • A laser-like focus on students meeting/exceeding academic standards
  • System accountability for meeting the academic needs of all students
  • Parent and community partnerships to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of children
  • Annual budgets that reflect the district’s prioritized goals and objectives

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 5: Operations 

We will focus on effective and efficient business practices to ensure student 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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Our Core Values:
What we believe

Smiling elementary principal and students at laptop
  • Students first
  • Results matter
  • Flexible continuous improvement
  • Data-driven decision making
  • Effective leadership
  • Parent/community partnership
  • Cultural understanding
  • Equity
  • Quality instruction for everyone
  • Rigor and relevance
  • Accountability
  • Transparency

Our Vision:
What we want to be

We will 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.

Our Mission:
What we do

In partnership with parents and community, we will provide a comprehensive educational experience that is rigorous, individualized and enables students to contribute to a changing and diverse world.

Upcoming Events


Teacher reads book to students at Geiger

November is Native American Heritage Month, and the materials and lessons Paskey uses are from the State and District’s Since Time Immemorial (STI) curriculum and resources shared by the Puyallup tribe. “The Puyallup Tribe Historic Preservation Office and Language Department has been a wonderful source of information and partner regarding many aspects of their history, language, and culture,” said Indian Education Director David Syth, an enrolled member of the Crow Nation.

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Whitman para receives scholarship

TPS Paraeducator, Kalie Blood had decided to study to become a teacher. She had written a scholarship essay to WGU (Western Governor’s University) explaining how her work as a paraeducator, particularly working in Mrs. Impala’s class, had inspired her to become a teacher.

And on this morning, WGU surprised Kalie with a $2,500 Back to School scholarship to help with her studies toward her teaching credentials.

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