School Board adopts middle school boundary changes for 2017-2018, 2021-2022


The Tacoma School Board approved middle school boundary revisions during its Dec. 13 meeting.

A team of parents and principals made its final recommendations for revisions to middle school boundaries. The first proposal approved by the board alters boundaries for the 2017-2018 school year. The second proposal adopted by the board will take effect after the opening of a new Hunt Middle School on the West End of Tacoma, as soon as the 2021-2022 school year.


To ease the transition into the new boundaries for students and families, the committee made a series of recommendations for both 2017-2018 and 2021-2022. The recommendations include allowing students moving from seventh to eighth grade at the time of the boundary change to remain in their current middle school, with transportation, if they choose.

For 2021, the school board adopted a provision for current Sherman Elementary School students who would transition from the Mason Middle School area to the Truman Middle School area. Parents of those students could choose to keep their children at Mason without transportation or send them to Truman with district bus transportation. If the students stay at Mason and have younger siblings who want to attend Mason at the same time, they can do so. 

The parent-principal team designed its proposals for boundary adjustments to balance enrollment across the district, retain or enhance each schools' demographic diversity and ensure no significant safety impacts.

Tacoma Public Schools launched this boundary review and adjustment process Sept. 12 to redraw middle school boundaries and accommodate the future reopening of a new Hunt Middle School.

As part of this boundary review process, the committee hosted multiple forums to gather community feedback and conducted its deliberations in public meetings.

Approved by School Board (Part 1): Changes take effect beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.

 

​Approved by School Board (Part 2): To take effect when Hunt Middle School opens, estimated for 2021-2022 school year