Middle Schools

Middleschool_Transition.jpgBaker Middle School

Baker teachers and staff came together to find ways to help more students succeed. They set a bold goal for themselves to become the first school in the country to have their entire staff National Board certified. By challenging themselves to improve their craft and deepen their knowledge, teachers are starting to see improvement in student achievement. This prestigious certification is akin to the certifications that doctors and lawyers receive. It takes at least a year to earn National Board certification and only teachers with three years of classroom experience are eligible. So far, half the Baker staff earned certification with the others still in process. Additionally, programs such as the Bulldog Center after school provides students with healthy activities and academic support.

8001 S. J St. Principal: Amy Latimer www.BakerBulldogs.org
253-571-5000 Students: 700 ​​Baker Innovative School page
Grades: 6-8 Uniforms: Yes
Athletics: Baseball, Baske tball, Cross Country, Fastpitch, Football, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
 

 

Middleschool_Transition.jpgBryant Montessori

Bryant Montessori is Tacoma’s only public, pre-school through the 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 grades 6-8 together. 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. Middle school students also complete 36 hours of community service and participate in field studies.

717S. Grant Ave. Principal: Heather Johnson www.BryantMontessori.org
253-571-2800 Students: 448 (113 Middle) ​​Bryant Innovative School page
Grades: PreK-8 Uniforms: No
Athletics: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fastpitch, Football, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling (Note: Participation in athletics takes place at Jason Lee Middle School)

 

 

Middleschool_Transition.jpgFirst Creek Middle School
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Due to building capacity, First Creek is closed to choice enrollment at this time.

First Creek creates a smooth transition from elementary to middle school. Sixth Grade students have two core teachers a day and longer blocks of class time. This promotes strong relationships between students and teachers in a supportive and nurturing environment. By eighth grade students are in a more traditional middle school class model preparing them for their high school transition. Additionally, community partner organizations provide wrap-around services onsite to help students and their families. The goal is to remove obstacles to student achievement while providing a central point for services. This includes counseling for mental health and drug and alcohol issues, parent support groups, staff-student mentor groups, college preparatory programs and several youth enrichment clubs. This blend of academic rigor and family support helps students develop the academic skills and character traits to become college-and-career-ready.

1801 E. 56th St. Principals: Tammy Larsen
www.FirstCreekEagles.org
253-571-2700 Students: 759 ​​First Creek Innovative School page
Grades: 6-8 Uniforms: Yes
Athletics: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fastpitch, Football, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
 

 

Middleschool_Transition.jpgGiaudrone Middle School IB Logo.jpg

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program at Giaudrone Middle School consists of eight integrated subject groups. Students are required to study at least two languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education, and technology. A sense of ownership and responsibility for education is exactly what Giaudrone aims to cultivate with the school’s adoption of the IB program. The challenging curriculum encourages students to make connections between subjects and the real world. After students leave Giaudrone, they have the option of continuing their IB education at Foss IB World School.

4902 S. Alaska St. Principal: William Harris www.GiaudroneHuskies.org
253-571-5811 Students: 632 Giaudrone Innovative School page
Grades: 6-8 Uniforms: Yes
Athletics: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fastpitch, Football, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
 

 

Middleschool_Transition.jpgGray Middle School Grey_sun.png

Gray Middle School’s mission is to prepare and cultivate the potential of every student for college and career by providing a challenging curriculum that connects students’ lives and their futures in a safe, supportive, nurturing environment. Teachers and staff make extra effort to acknowledge and honor student achievement and good citizenship. There are four key values Gray Middle School continually teaches, models and emphasizes. These values are referred to as “The Pilot Way.” Like the points on a compass, it will always guide students in the right direction. Respectful, Responsible, Safe and Kind is “The Pilot Way!” Gray also has a strong partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, providing students and families with quality and convenient afterschool programs throughout the school year and summer.

6229 S. Tyler St. Principal: Shaun Martin www.GrayPilots.org
253-571-5200 Students: 605 ​​
Grades: 6-8 Uniforms: Yes
Athletics: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fastpitch, Football, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
 

 

Middleschool_Transition.jpgJason Lee Middle School

Jason Lee Middle School is an AVID college prep school. The school’s mission is to help students realize their potential by providing rigorous academics, equitable opportunities, and programs that allow for student creativity in a diverse community where all are accepted, valued and supported. Utilizing a “looping approach,” teachers stay with students in core classes (math, language arts, science, social studies) for three years. The Bobcat Learning Center after-school program supports enrichment, clubs and tutoring for all students. Glass blowing classes and high school credit courses are also offered.   

602 N. Sprague Ave. Principal: Christine Brandt www.JasonLeeBobcats.org
253-571-7700 Students: 591 ​​
Grades: 6-8 Uniforms: Yes
Athletics: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fastpitch, Football, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

 

ThriveColorLogo.jpgThrive at Jason Lee

Moving ignites learning. Thrive at Jason Lee is a new innovative school located in Jason Lee. At Thrive brain science research is used to combine fitness, education, and health to improve student achievement. Classrooms are active, rigorous and fun places to learn. Thrive's first class of sixth-grade students begins in the 2017-2018 school year.

Admissions and enrollment applications for the 2018-2019 school year will open in October 2017.

Middleschool_Transition.jpgStewart Middle School

The newly renovated Stewart Middle School kept its rich history while providing innovative 21st-century learning spaces. Students broadcast daily from the state-of-the-art studio, experiment in modern science labs and get creative in maker spaces. Teachers and staff provide a positive, learner-centered environment that fosters academic excellence, creativity and post-high school success Stewart has earned recognition as an AVID site of distinction. AVID, a college readiness program is offered school-wide, accelerating student learning and teaching essential organization and study skills.

5010 Pacific Ave. Principal: Kim Messersmith
www.StewartPanthers.org
253-571-2200 Students: 320
Grades: 6-8 Uniforms: Yes
Athletics: Baseball, Baske tball, Cross Country, Fastpitch, Football, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling 



 

Middleschool_Transition.jpgMeeker Middle School

Meeker Middle School is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) school, preparing students to meet the challenges of the 21st century through innovation, collaboration, creativity and problem-solving. Meeker has incorporated technological and curriculum changes to the meet the evolving needs of students and the workforce. Students are encouraged to find creative solutions to problems in all classes and advisory lessons. Meeker also offers an ongoing exchange program with a school in Invercargill, New Zealand.


4402 Nassau Ave NE Principal: Tim Berndt www.MeekerWolverines.org
253-571-6500 Students: 680 ​​Meeker Innovative School page
Grades: 6-8 Uniforms: Yes
Athletics: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fastpitch, Football, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
 

 

Middleschool_Transition.jpgMason Middle School

At Capacity.pngDue to building capacity, Mason is closed to choice enrollment at this time.

Mason Middle School promotes a safe, successful and rigorous academic community for diverse learners. Research-based learning strategies are continually adjusted to improve student performance and the instructional program. Teachers and staff create an environment that has a clear, articulated focus for student achievement providing a structured and developmentally appropriate curriculum. The staff strives for excellence as they work collaboratively and collegially toward goals set in the district and building initiatives.

3901 N 28th St. Principal: Patrice Sulkosky www.MasonMustangs.org
253-571-7000 Students: 842 ​​
Grades: 6-8 Uniforms: Yes
Athletics: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fastpitch, Football, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
 

 

Middleschool_Transition.jpgTruman Middle School
Truman Middle School sets high expectations for all students by increasing rigor through the strong “good habits” program, being part of a college-going culture and by interacting with staff that challenge and support them. Parents and community partners help Truman improve academic achievement and citizenship by their active participation in school life. Truman’s mission is to inspire integrity through teamwork and the promotion of academic excellence by nurturing relationships and sharing ideas that support a safe and civil learning experience for all.

5801 N. 35th St. Principal: Andre Stout www.TrumanTitans.org
253-571-5600 Students: 799 ​​
Grades: 6-8 Uniforms: Yes
Athletics: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fastpitch, Football, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
 

 

Middleschool_Transition.jpgWainwright Intermediate School

At Capacity.pngDue to building capacity, Wainwright is closed to choice enrollment at this time.

IB Logo.jpgThe brand new state-of-the-art building is Tacoma’s first intermediate school for grades four through eight. This shift is based on family and community feedback. To pair with the new Wainwright, nearby Whittier Elementary School shifted to a preschool through third-grade school. By restructuring grade levels at the two nearby schools, students will have a seamless transition from preschool through the eighth grade. Additionally, Wainwright and Whittier join the family of Tacoma schools offering an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. This rigorous and internationally accepted curriculum has a strong international dimension, draws content from educational cultures around the world and encourage students to become responsible active members of their community. After students leave Wainwright, they have the option of continuing their IB education at Foss IB World School.

For the 2017 – 2018 school year Wainwright will have grades fourth to seventh, adding a grade each year until 2018 – 2019 school year when the school will be fourth through eighth with a maximum of 450 students.

130 Alameda Ave, Fircrest Principal: Donna BasilWainwright Website
Grades: 4-8
Students: maximum 450
Uniforms: Dress Code
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Athletics: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fastpitch, Football, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling (Note: Participation in athletics takes place at Gray middle school.)