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Middleschool_Transition.jpgArlington Elementary

Arlington is dedicated to creating a safe community that enriches and inspires the academic, social, physical, and emotional development of every child and celebrates diversity. Arlington hosts four preschool programs to fit the needs of early learners and their families. Programs include Peer Inclusion, Title I, Head Start and ECEAP. Research drives instruction. A challenging literacy, mathematics, and science curriculum enables students to explore and master concepts and strategies. Arlington offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program for grades three, four and five.

​​7202 S. Pine St.  Principal: Wendy Pye-Carter​ www.ArlingtonTigers.org
​253-571-3200 Students: 359
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: No
Before and after school care: Tacoma Public Schools provides transportation to the Boys and Girls Club before and after school. *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.jpgBirney Elementary

Birney is home to three Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs (DHH) for Preschool to fifth grade. There is a Pre-school through 5th 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.​

​​1202 South 76th St. Principal: Ronel Balatbat www.BirneyAllStars.org
​253-571-4600 Students: 470
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: No
Before and after school care: The Boys and Girls Club provides transportation to after school (only) care offsite. *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.jpgEdison Elementary

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. 

​​5830 South Pine St. Principal: Henry Smith www.EdisonEagles.org
​253-571-1700 Students: 529 ​​Open House: February 10, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: Yes
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.jpgFern Hill Elementary

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.​

​​8442 South Park Ave. Principal: Scott Monson​ www.FernHillFalcons.org
​253-571-3888 Students: 329 ​​
Grades: K-5 Uniforms: Yes
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.jpgManitou Elementary

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.​

4330 South 66th St. Principal: Abbie Barabe​ www.ManitouParkBulldogs.org
​253-571-5300 Students: 667 ​​
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: No
Before and after school care: The Boys and Girls Club, located less then five blocks away, 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.jpgMann Elementary

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 within the general education classrooms while still meeting each student’s unique needs. This collaboration builds a caring school community where the staff care 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.​

​​1002 South 52nd St. Principal: Taj jensen www.MannMustangs.org​
​253-571-6300 Students: 552
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.jpgReed Elementary

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 brings student and teacher focus on positive behavior and creates a fun and safe learning environment for all students. 

​​1802 South 36th St. Principal: Kate Frazier​ www.ReedJaguars.org
​253-571-6400 Students: 494
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: No
Before and after school care: No on-site 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.jpgStafford Elementary

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.

​​1615 South 92nd St. Principal: Shannan Graves​ www.StaffordLions.org
​253-571-4300 Students: 559 ​​Stafford Innovative School page​​​
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool) Uniforms: Yes
Before and after school care: No on-site 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.jpgWhitman Elementary

Relationships 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.

​​1120 South 39th St. Principal: Tracy Allen www.Whitman-Wildcats.org
​253-571-7272 Students: 484 ​​
GradesPreK-5  (Preschool)​ Uniforms: No
Before and after school care: No on-site before and after school 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.