Seniors must attend school on Saturday to meet 175 instructional days requirement to graduate

3/22/2012 | TACOMA, Washington

In an unusual move, Tacoma Public Schools has implemented Senior Saturdays to fulfill the state-mandated 175-instructional-day requirement for seniors to graduate.

The district had limited options. Due to inclement weather and the late start to the school year, this year’s school calendar offered no flexibility to recover the lost instructional days, which is why the district opted for the Senior Saturday school alternative.

The number of additional days required per high school varies due to the staggered graduation schedule.

Mount Tahoma and Wilson seniors will be required to make up three Senior Saturdays. Foss, Lincoln and Stadium seniors will have to make up one Saturday.

Each school has designed its own Saturday program. Seniors will gather in classrooms, libraries and other instructional spaces in their schools working with certified teachers on college preparation, culminating projects and exams. Senior Saturdays run for three hours so lunches will not be offered on these days.

Attendance is required for all graduating seniors just like any other school day. Graduating seniors who are part of the self-contained program do not need to attend Saturday school. Students who need transportation to Senior Saturday should stop by the main office at their school and request a bus pass. A daily Pierce Transit bus pass will be provided to any senior who asks.

Senior Saturday schedules are as follows:

Wilson and Mount Tahoma schools
  • Saturday, April 14, 7:30–10:30 a.m.—Post high preparation and applications
  • Saturday, April 21, 7:30–10:30 a.m.—Culminating projects in preparation for student-led conferences
  • Saturday, May 19, 7:30–10:30 a.m.—Make-up work and preparation for final exams
  • Saturday, June 2, 8:30–11:30 a.m.—Finals study day
  • Saturday, June 2, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—Finals study day
  • Saturday, April 21, 7:30–10:30 a.m.—Culminating Project; High School and Beyond Plan
For more information, please contact your school’s main office or visit your school’s Web site at