Advanced Programs

Enrolling students for the future

Tacoma Public Schools sees the potential in every student and believes all students can be successful. That’s why the district is automatically enrolling qualified high school students into advanced programs or courses during the school year.
To help reach the district’s academic excellence strategic goal in which all students will perform at or above grade level, and to comply with a state senate bill, the school board adopted the Academic Acceleration and Rigor Policy in June 2013.

Only the second district in the state to implement auto enrollment into advanced programs ― also referred to as Academic Acceleration ― this will be a big step to further foster a college-going culture and prepare every student for life after high school.
TPS is committed to building equity in all schools. By increasing our cultural awareness of the students we serve, our teachers can effectively implement equity-based and culturally-responsive instructional strategies that help all students succeed.


Although each Advanced Program has a unique set of standards aligned with the many subjects offered, Tacoma Public Schools has a consistent focus on rigor and culturally responsive teaching. Each program is expected to provide a well-rounded, inclusive educational experience for our diverse learners. The college level content is intended to spark high level inquiry and discourse in a respectful, safe, and brave space. Students are encouraged to have academic courage and engage fully in class(es) and complete selected readings and assignments.  

Non-Discrimination and Equity Policy 3111

Academic Acceleration and Rigor Policy 2406

For questions about the supports provided to students at the school level and to answer any questions about school procedures, please contact the designated Advanced Academics Administrative Team Leader.

Also please refer to the Advanced Academics Parent/Student Checklist periodically throughout the year, beginning now, to ensure you are meeting all appropriate deadlines and taking a proactive approach to success.

Advanced Programs


Academic Equity & Access

Lyle Quasim

"Advanced programs give our students the opportunity to create the future that they deserve." 

Lyle Quasim
Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective


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