Birney Elementary School

Take a special tour of Birney with Principal Balatbat

Even though back-to-school looks very different this year because of Covid-19, that didn’t stop Principal Ronel Balatbat from sharing an inside look – physical distance style - at the newly built Birney Elementary School.

Birney Elementary Construction Updates


Birney Elementary is home to three Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs for preschool through fifth grade. Birney also offers a special education program and HeadStart preschool. Birney currently serves approximately 470 students in Tacoma's South End. The current building was built in 1962, with the addition of a gymnasium and resource room in 1972.

Students will remain on site during construction. 

Take a look at McGranahan's January 2018 Presentation, which details what the new Birney will offer. 

Student capacity: 545 students
Projected budget: $37.1 million    
Architect: McGranahan Architects    
Contractor: Turner Construction
Construction: May 2019 - September 2020
Percentage complete: 75%
Expected opening: September 2020

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