Enroll

Important Enrollment Dates: 2019-2020 school year

  1. Preschool registration opens June 3, 2019, with the exception of Montessori preschool programs. For more information regarding Montessori preschool registration, please contact the building directly. 
  2. Kindergarten registration opens January 15, 2019. 
  3. Elementary (grades K-5) Transfer or Choice Applications (selecting a school other than your neighborhood school) are due March 1, 2019.
  4. Middle School Transfer or Choice Applications (selecting a school other than your neighborhood school) are due January 11, 2019.
  5. High School Transfer or Choice Applications (selecting a school other than your neighborhood school) are due January 11, 2019.
  6. SAMI, SOTA​, and iDEA have a separate application process.

How do I enroll my child?

  1. ​​​​Determine the grade of your child based on past educational experience. 
    • Elementary - grades preschool through five
      • Preschoolers must be three years old before September 1.
      • Kindergarteners must be five years old before September 1.
      • First graders must be six years old before September 1. 
    • Middle School - grades six through eight
    • High School - grades nine through twelve
  2. Create an account through the online system: An account should be created by an adult family member, one per household so that the system can save and access information correctly. An email address is required, and all follow up communication will be sent to the email account provided.
  3. Submit an online enrollment application: A separate application is required for each new student, you may save your progress and your family information will auto-populate in sibling applications. The following documents can be uploaded:
    • Two documents showing proof of address – i.e. utility bill, rental agreement or mortgage.
    • For Kindergarten students a birth certificate or other document to verify age. Acceptable alternatives include, baptismal certificate, hospital records or insurance records.
    • Proof of immunizations. 
    • Enrollment into a school other than your neighborhood school is based on space availability and parents/guardians must provide transportation. To begin the choice process, parents/guardians need to ​​​​complete a choice application. 

W​h​at do I do if I want my child to attend a different school within the district?

How do I home school my child?

W​hat do I do if we are moving?

How do I enroll my child if we live outside of the Tacoma School District boundary?

W​h​at do I do if I want my child to attend a school outside of the Tacoma School District?

1. We strongly encourage families to attend their neighborhood school. Research shows that strong neighborhood schools are an essential part of a vibrant and healthy community.

2. To attend school in a non-resident district, the resident district must first release the student to start the transfer process. Whether you are wishing to attend another school in another district or pursue a G.E.D. or some other path to high school completion, or seeking a renewal for a previously granted release, please complete a request through the Washington State Choice Transfer Request Portal (CTRP). When you have completed your application through the CTRP, your request will be sent to the Enrollment Services team for review.

3. If you wish to use a paper form, complete the Release to Attend Another District paper form. Return the form to the principal of your neighborhood school to obtain the principal's signature, and return the completed form to the Enrollment Services office via email enrollmentservices@tacoma.k12.wa.us or via fax at 253-571-1223 or at 601 South 8th Street, Room 220 .

How do I enroll my child in an online or virtual academy?

How do I contact Enrollment Services?

Boundary Meeting Map.jpg Boundary Line Changes shift the home school for some students.

The decisions to move school boundaries was not made lightly. A team of parents and principals worked since September to redraw boundary lines between schools in West Tacoma to accommodate the opening of Wainwright Intermediate School, and their recommendations have been approved.

Parents/Guardians of students who are impacted by boundary changes will receive letters with detailed information.

New Boundary Map

Frequently Asked Questions​

If you have questions about the boundary changes please contact Enrollment Services: 

253-571-1432 or enrollmentservices@tacoma.k12.wa.us

Enrollment and Choice Services is located at 601 South 8th Street Tacoma, WA 98405 ● Phone (253) 571-1142 ● Fax (253) 571-1223 ● enrollmentservices@tacoma.k12.wa.us