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Tacoma Public School District

Public School District – Tacoma , Washington

The Tacoma Public School District is the third largest district in the state of Washington, leading the way in piloting the newest programs for students. Tacoma’s high schools offer outstanding academic curriculums that are supplemented by unique and varied extracurricular and sports programs, including the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme and six foreign language courses.

Each school’s campus is unique to the needs of the students who attend, with updates and modernizations regularly. All of Tacoma’s high schools have their own athletic facilities and various academic buildings.

All schools offer a wide variety of sports, clubs, and arts courses. Wilson High School has the most successful and comprehensive Athletic Program within Tacoma Public Schools.
Stadium High School has the largest Art department in the district. Unique opportunities include the nationally recognized Hilltop Artists in Residence glassblowing program.

Tacoma, Washington is a beautiful, mid-sized port city located on the Puget Sound, only an hour south of Seattle. With many cultural, entertainment, dining, sports and recreation options for international students to enjoy, Tacoma is the perfect blend of natural surroundings and urban living.

Area Population: 199,637
City Website: City of Tacoma

Estimated Fall Start Date: Early September Estimated Spring Start Date: Early January
Estimated Fall End Date: Late December Estimated Spring End Date: Mid-June

Special Comment
The Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) is the third largest district in Washington State and has been a "lighthouse" district for many years and often leads the way for the state's 296 districts in piloting new programs and implementing innovative ideas.

Important Note:
Classes and sports in the Tacoma Public School District vary per school. Availability for some classes and sports will vary and depend on student enrollment.

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Foreign Languages

  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Band
  • Ceramics
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • Drawing
  • Glass
  • Orchestra
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Theater

AP Courses

  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Chemistry
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language and Composition
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Statistics
  • US Government and Politics
  • US History
  • World History


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country Running
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Waterpolo
  • Wrestling

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

  • Amnesty International
  • Anime
  • Chess
  • Fishing
  • French Language
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • German
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Junior State of America (JSA)
  • Key Club
  • Knowledge Bowl
  • Math
  • Mock Trial
  • National Honor Society
  • Russian
  • Spanish Language
  • Student Council
  • TV Production Club

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Partial List of College and University Acceptances

Evergreen State College, Hard University, Occidental College, Pacific State University, University of Washington, Washington University - St. Louis, Western Washington University, Whitman University, Yale University

Closest International and Local Airports: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
For Details Visit Website:   Tacoma Public School District

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