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Birney is home to three Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs (DHH) for Preschool to fifth grade. There is a Pre-school through fifth-grade program that provides students with dual-language (American Sign Language and English) instruction. There is also a Listening and Spoken Language preschool focusing on oral English development. In addition, Birney offers a special education program and HeadStart preschool. Teachers emphasize Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) to build a learning environment that teaches and rewards positive interactions. Birney recognizes that all students need to feel safe and supported to succeed academically. Research-based instruction is at the heart of classroom teachings with a fully implemented workshop model for English Language Arts and Math Studio practices. Birney offers the five-day a week Highly Capable GATE program for grades three, four and five.
At Edison teachers and students have a shared vision that every child is capable of success, no exceptions. Part of the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative, Edison in partnership with Tacoma Public Schools and the University of Washington Tacoma receives support, guidance and tools to help every student reach their potential. In third through fifth grades, Edison uses a common literacy model in grade level book clubs and cross-grade reading buddies. In K-5, students participate in daily writer’s workshops. Edison offers the five-day a week Highly Capable GATE program in grades three, four and five, with third and fourth graders together in a multi-age classroom. After-school mentor programs, such as the YMCA’s Brotherhood and Sisterhood, help shape tomorrow’s leaders.
Fern Hill’s teachers and staff believe quality instruction matters most in increasing student success. By providing a foundation for continual learning for teachers, students are better served. Teachers meet regularly in a team environment to review student data and create lesson plans. Fern Hill is a supportive, compassionate and academically challenging school environment where all students are held to high standards. For grades three, four and five, Fern Hill offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program. Additionally, Communities in School and a nutrition program through WSU provide academic support.
Strong community partnerships and collaboration bring unique and effective learning opportunities to Manitou Park. Part of the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative (a partnership with Tacoma Public Schools and the University of Washington Tacoma) Manitou Park teachers and staff receive guidance, support, and tools to meet academic, social and emotional needs of students. A three-year grant collaboration with Portland State University known as Math Studio provides additional training for third, fourth and fifth-grade math teachers. And partners such as Read2Me, Tacoma Urban League, and Teach253 bring support and mentoring to students. Manitou Park is also a Technology Focus School providing 30 tablets at each grade level and fourth-grade MineCraft design academic lessons. Manitou offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program for grades three, four and five.
At Mann teachers and staff come together to support the individual needs of each student. Using a co-teaching model, teachers work together to analyze student data and create specialized lessons. Co-teaching also allows Mann to integrate special education students into the general education classrooms while still meeting each student’s unique needs. This collaboration builds a caring school community where the staff cares for the academic, social and emotional needs of every student. Mann offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program for grades three, four and five.
Reed’s staff strives to be ever vigilant in ensuring that students from all racial, ethnic, socio-economic, language and challenged groups receive consistent messages of high expectations. Students are given every opportunity to succeed in the classroom through equitable instruction and assessment practices. Additionally, Reed is a secure building with video surveillance and a secure entryway. Implementation of a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) model has brought student and teacher focus on positive behavior and creates a fun and safe learning environment for all students.
Due to building capacity, Stafford is closed to choice enrollment at this time.
Stafford provides students with an arts-infused education. The teachers use art in all subjects to help students better understand concepts. Students don’t need to have a special talent for art. Teachers attend Arts Impact training and many have special skills in artistic subjects such as dance, music, and pottery. Stafford uses a literacy instruction model known as a Daily 5 / Café model. This framework allows time for teachers to work with students one on one or in small groups. Stafford offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program for grades three, four and five. Additionally, Stafford is a Technology Pilot School, which means fourth- and fifth-grade classes use tablets.
are key to student success. Whitman uses a “looping” model where students stay
with the same teacher for two years, which allows students, teachers and
parents to build a strong relationship and a foundation for academic success.
Whitman has also implemented a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support
(PBIS) model. Positive behavior is recognized a celebrated throughout the year
in many ways. The once-a-week Highly Capable JAWS program is offered in grades
three through five. Whitman strives to be the positive difference in the lives
of children so they will have the confidence and capability to achieve their
highest academic and social potential. Community partners also a play a key
role in student success, with more than 40 partners who provide students with additional
academic, social and emotional support.
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