Elementary Summer Programs

Kindergarten Jump Start


This four-day summer program is designed to help incoming kindergarten students feel confident and ready for success in school. Students have a chance to become familiar with their school and classroom and get to know their classmates and teacher before school officially starts.

  • For all incoming Kindergarteners
  • August 21-24, 2017
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Students are automatically enrolled for Jump Start when they enroll for Kindergarten. If you are unable to attend please contact Summer Learning Office via email summerschool@tacoma.k12.wa.us

To enroll in Kindergarten start at your neighborhood school. If you are unsure of your neighborhood school, look Here - Neighborhood School Lookup

More Enrollment information available on the Tacoma Public School Website. 

Kindergarten Registration


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Ready! Set, Read - Tacoma

tpssummer46.jpgLet's get ready for kindergarten. READY! Set, Read-Tacoma! is a free preschool literacy kindergarten-readiness program which aims to help pre-k children and their families prepare for the transition into a school setting.

Join us this summer for four weeks of story time and activities for preschool aged children and their families. Sessions led by Tacoma school librarians and teachers.

Fun learning activities will focus on Science, Math, Literacy, Movement and the Arts.

Families stay and enjoy the stories and fun!

​Jefferson Elementary
​Tuesday / Thursday
​June - 27, 29
July -11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
​10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
​Northeast Tacoma Elementary
​Monday / Wednesday
​June - 26, 28
July - 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
​10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
​Mann Elementary
​Tuesday / Thursday
June - 27, 29
July -11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
​10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
​Stafford Elementary
​Monday / Thursday
​June - 26, 29
July 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
​10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

For more information and registration go to Ready! Set, Read - Tacoma or contact Valerie Sweisthal @ 253.571.4989 or vsweist@tacoma.k12.wa.us

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School-based Programs. We offer a number of programs geared specifically toward individual student need. Teachers and schools identify students and send invitations. As a parent, if you see a program you think your child would benefit from but have not received an invitation contact your school or the program for more information. Please see below...

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Summer Reading Camp

 Reading_2.jpgSummer Reading Camp is offered to incoming 4th graders based on reading levels and need of extra support. Schools identify and invite students.

  • Tuesday, June 26 - Thursday, July 27
  • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday - Thursday
  • Transportation is provided from your home elementary school
  • Breakfast and lunch included

If you have questions about whether your student qualifies, please contact your student's school.

Xplore Summer Program


The Xplore Summer Program is a FREE opportunity for elementary school students entering 3rd through 5th grade at 16 Tacoma schools and students entering 7th and 8th grade to continue learning during the summer months. Instructors and alumni from both the School of the Arts (SOTA) and the Science and Math Institute (SAMI) teach content specific mini-courses that engage young learners in new and creative ways. Classes take place at SAMI and SOTA locations and students will explore downtown (SOTA) and Point Defiance Park (SAMI). To learn more visit the Xplore Summer Program page.

Student Services (Special Education) Extended Year

tpssummer53.jpg Our Student Services, Special Education, Extended Year program offers individualized lesson plans based on student need.

Schools will identify and invite students to participate.

The program runs for a 4-week period at Reed Elementary.  For more information contact the Student Services (SPED) team.

English Language Learners

EnglishLangaugeLearners.jpgTacoma Schools currently serves over 40 different language groups at more than 30 program schools. Our English Language Learners program helps students with limited English skills live successfully in an English-speaking culture and in a multilingual, multicultural world. 

Schools will identify and invite students to participate.

For more information contact the English Language Learner (ELL) team.

Indian Education K5 Summer Program

IndianEdLogo.pngTacoma's Indian Education program helps us meet the unique culturally-related academic needs of American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN) students. Funded through Title VII grants, the Indian Education K5 summer program curriculum will include Math Expressions, cultural activities, and events.

Serving approximately 25 students in elementary schools, grades 1-5.

For more information contact the Title VII Indian Education Program team.