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From school to school you will find unique learning environments and programs that are connecting with students to ignite a passion for learning. Explore our elementary schools by region, visit an open house or schedule a tour and find the right fit for your student.
North & West Tacoma
Due to building capacity, Byrant grades 1-5 (K, 6, 7. 8are open) is closed to choice enrollment at this time.
Bryant Montessori is Tacoma's only public, preschool through eighth-grade Montessori program and one of the few in Washington. Montessori is an educational approach that emphasizes self-directed learning. Classrooms are mixed age, with Children’s House (age 3-Kindergarten), Lower Elementary (Grades 1-3) and Upper Elementary (Grades 4-5). Students work uninterrupted for long periods of time on tasks they choose from a range of options with the teacher facilitating progress. The approach aims to cultivate concentration, leadership, self-motivation and a sense of community. Bryant also offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program in grades three, four and five.
Athletics: During the 2017-2018 school year soccer, golf, basketball, flag football, volleyball and baseball will be offered. Registration occurs prior to each season and scholarships are available. *Please note registration is through our community partners.
DeLong staff think of themselves as more than a school; they are a second home where all students feel welcome and where engaging learning happens. In addition to K-5 general education classrooms, DeLong offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program in grades three, four and five, a full-time English Language Learner classroom, two Learning Resource Center classrooms and one Therapeutic Learning Center classroom, which supports the academic and emotional needs of special education students in a small group setting. Teachers engage in weekly planning meetings by grade level and work together to create plans to address individual student needs. DeLong has an involved PTA that bring community partners and fun activities to DeLong students throughout the year.
4901 South 14th St.
Principal: Eric Konishi
Before and after school care: The YMCA provides before and after school care on site, and the Boys and Girls Club provides before and after school care off-site with transportation. *Placement into before and after care is through the care provider and there may be cost associated with care.*
Franklin is part of the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative, a partnership with Tacoma Public Schools and the University of Washington Tacoma. Through the Whole Child Initiative, Franklin teachers and staff receive guidance, support, and tools, including the implementation of a Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) model. PBIS rewards and recognizes positive behavior and helps to create a safe, positive and nurturing environment for all students. Teachers use data and research to make decisions and create lesson plans. Franklin offers the once-a-week Highly Capable JAWS program in grades three through five.
McCarver provides its students with an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. The IB program is inquiry-based and focuses on six core subjects. The students learn language, math, science, social studies, arts and personal, social and physical education. Teachers use interdisciplinary units to teach topics. McCarver also focuses on character development and creating learners who are: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. McCarver students may continue their IB education at Wainwright Intermediate School or Giaudrone Middle School. McCarver also offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program for grades three, four and five. In addition to its unique instruction, McCarver has an innovative housing partnership project, operated by the Tacoma Housing Authority, which provides housing subsidies to a limited number of low-income McCarver families if they commit to keeping their child at McCarver for elementary school and being actively involved in their child’s education.
Stanley is located in Tacoma's Hilltop, one of Tacoma’s most revitalized neighborhoods. Staff is committed to the success of every student as evidenced by academic rigor, high expectations for all and relentless and urgent instruction of state standards. Stanley focuses on the whole child by offering a variety of academic and social support services. And Stanley was recognized in 2010 and 2012 as a Washington State School of Distinction.
1712 South 17th St.
Grades: PreK-5 (Preschool)
Principal: Julia Heacox
Before and after school care: The Boys and Girls Club, located next door, provides after school (only) care. *Placement into before and after care is through the care provider and there may be cost associated with care.*
Athletics: During the 2017-2018 school year soccer, golf, basketball, flag football, volleyball, and baseball will be offered. Registration occurs prior to each season and scholarships are available. *Please note registration is through our community partners.
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