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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Grades: PreK-5 (Preschool)
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