Community Partnership

The Community Partnership Office works to galvanize the power of community to assist young people in creating the future they choose, plan and prepare for. We bring people together to become the voices that young people listen to and believe that say "you can achieve, you will graduate and we are here to help you!"


Tours 2018.JPGCollege Tours for Families

October is Discover U Month! Tacoma Public School high schools will be hosting Discover U activities to help students discover the possibilities you have for post-secondary education, whether it be university, college, job or military.

For many students, attending a two- or four-year college, university, or vocational school is a crucial next step on their path to fulfilling their career and life dreams. If you want to help your child meet their higher education goals, join us on our 3rd annual parent college tours.

From October 9th- November 1st, Tacoma Public Schools is sponsoring tours of six outstanding local colleges. We will provide transportation to and from each institution. Each visit includes a customized tour and presentation from college staff on the admissions process, financial aid and scholarships and college life unique to each school.

Buses leave from the Central Administrative Building at 601 S. 8th Street, Tacoma WA, 98405 at the times listed below. Roundtrip visits will last 2-3 hours, depending on location. If you have 25 or more families, contact us to arrange pick up at your organization or site. Middle school families may be included.

Scheduled visits:

· Tues.,   October 9: University of Washington-Tacoma (5:40pm)

· Thurs., October 18: Pacific Lutheran University (4:45 pm)

. Tues.,   October 23: University of Puget Sound (5:30 pm)

. Thurs., October 25: Pierce College (5:30 pm)

· Tues.,   October 30:  Bates Technical College (5:30 pm)

. Thurs., November 1: Tacoma Community College (5:30 pm)

To register, please visit or call the TPS Community Partnership Office at: 571-7980.

Want parenting advice?

You’re not alone. Triple P: Positive Parenting Program

Promote positive relationships and strengthen your family. Join us for free parenting seminars and resource fairs. Open to families with children birth-12 years. Attend any or all seminars!

Positive Parenting

Wednesday, October 17th, 5-7:30 p.m.

Raising Confident and Competent Children

Wednesday, November 7th, 5-7:30 p.m.

Raising Resilient Children

Wednesday, December 5th, 5-7:30 p.m.

Sheridan Elementary 5317 E. McKinley Ave. Tacoma, WA 98404

Triple P Seminar, English.pdf Triple P Seminar Tacoma Spanish.pdf


Do you love Tacoma? Sign up to serve kids in our city. Dedicated volunteers can mentor and inspire students and provide new opportunities beyond what schools can.

TPS Volunteer Handbook.pdf


Parents - Let's partner to prepare your child for life after high school!
Students - Community service, experience, make a difference!
Community - Mentor, tutor, inspire...we need you!


Partnership through collective leadership and responsibility will aid us in fully engaging youth, parents, community and staff in the education of students. Together we will close the gaps and create access and opportunities that will equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in school, work and life.

Family & Community Learning Academy

FCLA aims to bring families and the community together around the common goal of investing time, skills and diverse abilities in the education of youth.

Superintendent's Parent Advisory Breakfast

At this quarterly meeting of parents, principals, district staff and community members, we hear from Superintendent Carla Santorno, discuss topics such as student performance, goals, policies, initiatives, events and much more.