Explore North and West Tacoma

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Middleschool_Transition.jpgDowning Elementary

Downing views partnerships with parents and community as key to student success. Teachers set high standards and expectations for all students and themselves. Using research and student data, teachers meet regularly to collaborate and develop lesson plans. Teacher collaboration is essential to helping every student reach their potential. Downing has also implemented a school-wide Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) model, which helps to create a safe and positive learning environment. Downing offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program in grades three through five with mixed-aged classrooms.​

​​2502 North Orchard St. Principal: Olga Manos www.DowningEagles.org 
​253-571-7100 Students: 335
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: No
Before and after school care: Champions provides before and after school care onsite. And the Boys and Girls Club, located next door, provides before and after school 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.

Middleschool_Transition.jpgGeiger Montessori

Montessori is an educational approach that emphasizes self-directed learning. Geiger offers preschool through fifth grade classes. 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. Additionally, Geiger features a focus on peace with children encouraged to peacefully resolve conflicts and interact with the world. Geiger also offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program in grades three, four and five.​

​​7401 South 8th St. Principal: Neil O'Brien​ www.GeigerOrcas.org 
​253-571-6800 Students: 464 ​​Geiger Innovative School page
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: No
Before and after school care: The YMCA provides before and after school care onsite. *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.jpgGrant Center for Expressive Arts

Grant Center for the Expressive Arts develops high academic achievement and positive social skills by integrating the arts into all core subject areas. The approach provides opportunities for self-expression and collaboration. All K-5 students perform at a school event during the school year. The school has two pottery kilns and a dance studio. Grant offers a quiet place called “The Nest” for children on the Autism spectrum. A team of specialists runs the room as a quiet area where students can settle down if they get too stimulated, work on assignments and learn support strategies for the classroom. And Grant offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program in grades three, four and five.

Grant is slated for a completely new school building with construction expected to start in June 2018.

1018 North Prospect St. Principal: Steve Holmes​ www.GrantGrizzilies.org 
​253-571-5400 Students: 383 ​​Grant Innovative School page​
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: No
Before and after school care: The YMCA provide before and after school care onsite. *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.jpgJefferson Elementary

For more than 109 years, Jefferson has helped students become their best. Academics, citizenship, sportsmanship and respect for mankind are the focal points of student development. Jefferson offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program in grades three, four and five. Teachers demonstrate strong teamwork across all grades and with non-teaching staff. Instruction is personalized and small learning environments increase student contact with teachers. Through this approach, students feel respected and connected with staff and are engaged in learning. Jefferson is a caring and supportive school.​

4302 North 13th St. Principal: Avance Byrd​ www.JeffersonBruins.org 
​253-571-4000 Students: 306
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: Dress code ​​
Before and after school care: The Boys and Girls Club provides transportation to after school (only) 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.jpgLowell Elementary

Keeping a close watch on student progress, Lowell identifies issues and helps students early on to ensure academic success. Individual plans are developed, and students receive the support they need in the classroom. Lowell also has a special focus on the transition from elementary to middle school. In fourth and fifth grades, teachers teach one subject that they are passionate about. Students have three rotations a day. This approach allows teachers to focus on their subject at a deeper level and prepares students for middle school where they will have more than one teacher. Lowell is part of the Whole Child Initiative, a partnership between Tacoma Public Schools and the University of Washington Tacoma. This school-wide Positive Behavior Support (PBS) model helps to create a safe and positive learning environment. The Lowell PTA provides a strong partnership and support for all students. Additionally, the once-a-week Highly Capable JAWS program is offered in grades three, four and five.​

​​810 Mr, Dahl Drive. Principal: Renee Rossman​ www.LowellLeopards.org 
​253-571-7200 Students: 436
Grades: K-5 Uniforms: No
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 year school 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.jpgPoint Defiance Elementary

The idea that “if you read, you will succeed” is instilled in all Point Defiance students. Teachers keep students engaged and motivated by recognizing and rewarding hard work. All teachers and staff work in collaboration, reviewing student data together and setting high expectations. Point Defiance also provides two Highly Capable programs for grades three, four and five—GATE and SAIL are both five-day-a-week, fulltime programs. SAIL focuses on the top 1 percent and is offered at three Tacoma schools. And Point Defiance’s strong PTA partners with the school to enhance and support the learning experience of every student.

​​4330 North Visscher St. Principal: Lisa Boyd​ www.PtDefiancePolarBears.org 
​253-571-6900 Students: 457 ​​
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: No
Before and after school care: Champions provides before and after school care onsite. *Placement into before and after care is through the care provider and there may be cost associated with care.*
 

Athletics: During the 2017-2018 year school 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.jpgSherman Elementary

The team at Sherman works to stay on the cutting edge of science and technology and in 2015 received “innovative school” designation from the district for incorporating a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning model throughout the school. To maximize the STEAM experience, Sherman has implemented project-based learning across all grade levels. Building on the multiple community partners already in place, Sherman provides a rich learning experience for all students. The five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program is offered in grades three, four and five, with students in mixed-aged classrooms. Sherman parents and guardians are viewed as partners in their children’s education; this spirit of collaboration can been seen through the active PTSA.​

​​4415 North 38th St. Principal: Anne Tsuneishi​ www.ShermanTigers.org  
​253-571-5488 Students: 416 ​​Sherman Innovative School page
Grades: K-5 Uniforms: Yes
Before and after school care: Champions provides before and after school care on-site. Our Innspiration daycare provides 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 year school 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.jpgSkyline Elementary

Collaboration among teachers and staff is essential to student success at Skyline. Teachers meet often to determine if students need more help or if they need more of a challenge. Instruction is provided in large groups, small groups and one on one to meet individual student needs. In grades three through five, Skyline offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program. Additionally, there are numerous special education programs, including Peer Inclusion preschool, where special education and general education students learn together. Skyline staff members are caring and dedicated to meeting the needs of all students in a safe and inclusive learning environment.​

​​2301 North Mildred St. Principal: Regina Rainbolt​ www.SkylineSkyHawks.org​ 
​253-571-7800 Students: 398
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: No
Before and after school care: Champions provides before and after school care onsite. *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.jpgWashington Elementary

Washington promotes high expectations for student achievement and behavior. Teachers and staff focus on the whole child and strive to build strong relationships with families. Washington works to ensure the staff meets the academic, social and emotional needs of student. Washington's Highly Capable students are clustered within each classroom and all teachers have recieved training on differientiated instruction to meet individual student needs. Partnerships with parents and guardians and the community are essential to the success of students. Washington has an active PTA and parent volunteers who enhance the learning experience of all students and bring a wide-range of extracurricular activities after school.​

​​2615 North Adams St. Principal: Ed Schau​ www.WashingtonHoytCougars.org 
​253-571-5700 Students: 490 ​​
GradesK-5  (Preschool at Hoyt) Uniforms: Yes
Before and after school care: Champions provides before and after school care onsite. *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.jpgWhittier Elementary​

Whittier has transitioned to a Preschool to third grade school . Additionally, Whittier is in the application phase for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program. During this phase Whittier will use the IB curriculum but has not yet received certification from the international organization. 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. Whittier also focuses on character development and creating learners who are: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk takers, balanced and reflective. Whittier students may continue their IB education at Wainwright Intermediate or Giaudrone Middle School. Also Whittier offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program in third grade.​

​​777 Elm Tree Lane Principal: Donna Basil​ www.WhittierPanthers.org
​253-571-7500 Students: 546 (PreK-5)
GradesPreK-3  (Preschool) Uniforms: No
Before and after school care: Champions provides before and after school care onsite. *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.