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Tacoma Public Schools offers a full continuum of services for students ages 3 through 21, living in the district, who qualify for special education. We provide special education services based on the needs of each individual student.​​​

For more information or to be directed to the appropriate staff, please contact us:

Preschool/Childfind Elementary Secondary Address
253-571-2610 253-571-1086 253-571-1224

Tacoma Public Schools
Special Education Department
601 S. 8th Street
Tacoma, WA 98401


Tacoma Public Schools Special Education Records for students who have left the Special Education program in 2012-2015 will be destroyed on August 31, 2022 per the Washington State Retention Schedule and WAC 392-172A-05235.

To obtain the records, the former student (if over 18) or guardian (if under 18) must pick them up at 608 S 8th Street, Room 116, Tacoma, or mail a signed letter to PO Box 1357 Tacoma, WA 98401-1357 Attn: Student Records requesting the records be mailed. In either case, photo ID is required. Please call 253-571-1076 or email

Elise Friedrich Nielsen 
Director Student Services  

Jennifer Herbold 
Assistant Director 

Hilda Bushati  
Administrative Assistant 

Carrie Adamson  
Administrative Assistant 

Megan Nelson 
Director Student Services  

Lara Adams 
Assistant Director 

Kari Hanley 
Administrative Assistant 

Kalli Conner  
Administrative Assistant 

253-571-1098 (Fax)