Explore East Tacoma

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Middleschool_Transition.jpgBlix Elementary​

Blix offers Tacoma’s only K-5 Spanish immersion program, where students learn in both English and Spanish. One class per grade level is Spanish Immersion. Immersion promotes a strong foundation for lifelong bi-lingual language skills. Blix is also part of the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative, a partnership with Tacoma Public Schools and the University of Washington Tacoma. Through this initiative Blix receives support, guidance and tools that help teachers keep a pulse on every student’s academic, social and emotional needs. Blix has a strong culture of family and inclusion. Blix offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program for grades three, four and five.

​​1302 East 38th St. Principal: Jennifer Cooper​ www.BlixBlazers.org
​253-571-7400 Students: 512
Grades: PreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: No
Before and after school care: No onsite before and after school care available.
 

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.

Middleschool_Transition.jpgBoze Elementary

In 2015, Boze started a partnership with the Technology Access Foundation (TAF), a local nonprofit dedicated to helping students access a science, technology, engineering and math education preparing them for college-level study and professional roles in those fields. Boze teachers shape their classes around project-based learning, which gives students more freedom to work in teams on projects that interest them—and incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) applications. STEAM benefits every child enrolled at Boze. Every class completes projects that students present to the community. Boze purposefully added art to its STEM emphasis, at the request of teachers, to ensure another way to appeal to students’ interests. Boze offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program for grades three, four and five.

​​1140 East 65th St. Principal: Arron Wilkins​ www.BozeBobcats.org
​253-571-4688 Students: 447 ​​Boze Innovative School page
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: No
Before and after school careNo onsite before and after school care available.
 

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.

Middleschool_Transition.jpgFawcett Elementary

Every day students have an opportunity to learn and grow. Fawcett promotes an encouraging and caring environment with a focus on positive reinforcement for both academics and behavior. Teachers and students alike make the Falcon Commitment, “I respect myself and others. I am responsible, and I do the right thing. I am safe, and I am kind. I work hard and learn at all times. I am a Fawcett Falcon.” With this shared commitment, teachers get to know each student individually and tailor instruction to meet the unique needs of each student. Fawcett offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program for grades three, four and five.

​​126 East 60th St. Principal: Christian Jordan​ www.FawcettFalcons.org 
​253-571-4700 Students: 444
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: No
Before and after school careNo onsite before and after school care available.
 

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.

Middleschool_Transition.jpgLarchmont Elementary

Larchmont is a caring and diverse community where teachers and staff build positive relationships with students. Part of the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative, a partnership with Tacoma Public Schools and University of Washington Tacoma, teachers and staff receive guidance, support and tools. This includes the implementation of a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) model, which teaches and rewards students for positive interactions. Teachers also meet often to review and discuss student progress. Together they develop individual plans to ensure all students reach their potential. Larchmont offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program for grades three, four and five.

​​8601 East B St. Principal: Melissa Theines www.LarchmontLions.org 
​253-571-6200 Students: 420
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: No

Before and after school care: Immanuel Day Care, Tender Heart Day Care and the Boys and Girls Club provide transportation to before and after school care off site. *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.

 

Middleschool_Transition.jpgLister Elementary

Lister focuses on building a college-going culture, preparing every student to be college- and career-ready. College pennants, climb to college sayings and other fun visuals are on display throughout the school. In the classrooms teachers introduce students to various colleges and universities. Lister is part of the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative, a partnership between Tacoma Public Schools and the University of Washington Tacoma. This initiative provides the team at Lister with guidance, support and tools to tend to the social and emotional needs of students. Teachers meet weekly to review student data and together develop plans to support individual students. Lister also offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable SAIL program in grades three, four and five. SAIL serves the top 1 percent and is offered at three Tacoma schools. Lister also offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program for grades three, four and five. Lister partners with many community organizations to provide extracurricular activities and mentorships.

​​2106 East 44th St. Principal: Kristi Amrine​ www.ListerLions.org 
​253-571-2900 Students: 574 ​​
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: Yes
Before and after school care: The YMCA provides before and after school care on site. *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.

 

Middleschool_Transition.jpgLyon Elementary

Lyon has a special focus on building community and relationships. Using a “looping model,” students stay with the same teacher for two years. This builds strong relationships between students, teachers and parents. All fourth-grade students participate in the Exploratory Strings Program and receive a half-year of violin lessons. Lyon also houses two types of autism spectrum disorder self-contained programs in K-2 and 3-5.  Lyon has a sensory gym with equipment to help autistic students rebalance or meet their sensory needs. Using an inclusion model, some special education students receive individual support in general education classrooms with pull-out time to ensure all academic, social and emotional needs are met. Lyon offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program for grades three, four and five.

During the 2017-2018 school year, Lyon will be rebuilt, thanks to a 2013 voter-approved construction ballot issue. During construction of the new Lyon, students will be transported to the former McKinley Elementary site, 3701 McKinley Ave.

​​101 East 47th St. Principal: Anita Roth​ www.LyonLions.org 
​253-571-4800 Students: 393
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: No
Before and after school careNo onsite before and after school care available.
 

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.

Middleschool_Transition.jpgRoosevelt Elementary

Working collaboratively and respecting student diversity is at the heart of Roosevelt’s mission. Roosevelt is working to become a GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) school with 75 percent of staff already trained and others slated to finish in 2016. The ultimate goal of the GLAD model is to ensure that all students, English Language Learners and native English speakers, are able to read and write grade-level text and access academic content. Teachers at Roosevelt work together to review student data and create lesson plans based on individual student needs. Roosevelt offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program for grades three, four and five. Through community partnerships, students can access many enrichment activities and clubs that engage them and make learning fun. 

​​3550 East Roosevelt Ave. Principal: Steffanie Broyles www.RooseveltRams.org
​253-571-4400 Students: 335
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: No
Before and after school care: No onsite before and after school care available.
 

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.

Middleschool_Transition.jpgSheridan Elementary

Sheridan believes all students need individual and targeted instruction. Teachers and staff use a sophisticated system where time to help individual students is built into the regular schedule. With two, full-time English Language Learner teachers on staff, Sheridan is able to meet the unique challenges of students learning English. Sheridan offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program for grades three, four and five. Teachers at every grade level meet regularly to review student data and adjust plans as needed. These meetings build a culture of collaboration that helps all students achieve at high levels.

​​5317 McKinley Ave. Principal: Anna Griebel​ www.SheridanTigers.org​
​253-571-5900 Students: 657
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: Yes​
Before and After School Care: Love and Kindness daycare and Unity daycare provide transportation to before and after school care off-site. Tacoma Public Schools provides transportation to the Boys and Girls Club before and after school care off-site. *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.