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Tacoma Public School District

Public School District – Tacoma , Washington

Located at the foot of Mount Rainier and along the shores of Commencement Bay in Washington State, Tacoma is recognized as a livable and progressive international city. With a population of more than 201,700 residents, the city that incorporated in 1884 has grown from its historical roots as a home of sawmills and a bustling port that exported goods around the world to a center for international exports, the arts and healthy, affordable living. 66 miles of shoreline and many parks, including Point Defiance Park with a world-class zoo and aquarium, Seattle, ocean beaches and mountains are all within easy driving distance. The Tacoma Dome hosts sports and entertainment activities, and Cheney Stadium is home to a professional AAA baseball team.

People of all ages enjoy numerous museums, such as the Washington State Historical Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass; theater productions; art galleries; a fine library system; musical entertainment; and many local events.

Tacoma also has several universities: the University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Washington Tacoma.

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.

Community Information
Tacoma is 40 minutes south of Seattle and surrounded by beautiful west coast nature. Tacoma itself is the third biggest city in the state of Washington, and has many options available for cultural, shopping or sport diversions.

Estimated Start Date: Autumn-Early September, Spring- Early January
Estimated End Date: Autumn-Mid December, Spring- Mid June

School Facts

Number Of Schools In District Accepting Students


Student Population


Number of Students

1,500- 1,900 per school



Teacher/Student Ratio


ESL Programs


IB Programs


Offer Diploma


Religious Affiliation


SAT Average


Foreign Languages

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


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

AP Courses

  • Art History
  • Biology
  • English Language and Composition
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Statistics
  • US History
  • World History


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

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

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

Partial List of College and University Acceptances

Pacific State University, Whitman University, Occidental College, Western Washington University, Yale University,Evergeen College, Washington University in St. Louis

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

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