Boze Elementary School Replacement

News & Updates

Kick off the school year with Boze ice cream social; get updated 
on construction

To help get ready for the school year, head to Boze Elementary for an ice cream social from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, when you can meet Boze teachers and the rest of the team. 

New building update
The new Boze Elementary, going up right next door to the existing building, is shaping up. Right now, crews are working on installing the roof and the second floor exterior walls, as well as first floor interior walls. 

Boze students will remain in the existing building all year. At 28 percent complete now, the new building is expected to open in fall 2020. 

Where to catch the bus, drop off and pick up students
The new building construction hasn’t changed the morning drop off or afternoon pick up routine; they remain the same as last year. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Get bus stop locations and pick up times here; check this page often as stops and times may change. 
  • School buses will drop off and pick up students in the bus loop.
  • Parents should drop off and pick up students in the main parking lot, off East 65th Street.

They grow so fast

Take a look at this time-lapse video showing the start of the new Boze Elementary. In reality, it takes a bit longer, of course. The school is scheduled to open in September 2020.


Updated November 12, 2019

You can also click here to see what's happening right now on the live construction web-cam. 
Use internet Explorer with Adobe Flash enabled to view the live feed. 

About the project

​Project overview

Boze Elementary School serves approximately 520 preschool through fifth-grade students in Tacoma's East Side neighborhood. The current building was constructed in 1969, with the addition of a fifth "quad" in the 1970s.

Students will remain on site during construction,  

Projected capacity: 550 
Projected budget: $35.3 million 
Design builder and architect: Korsmo Construction and BCRA
Design: April 2018 - July 2019
Construction: March 2019 - August 2020
Expected opening: Fall 2020

This project is funded by the $500 million school construction bond voters passed in 2013.

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