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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 and implementing innovative and forward-thinking ideas. Tacoma’s high schools offer outstanding academic curriculum that are supplemented by unique and varied extracurricular and sports programs, including the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme and 7 foreign language courses. There’s something to pique every student’s interests.

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

Sports and Arts
All schools offer a wide variety of sports, clubs, and arts courses. Wilson High School has the most successful comprehensive Athletic Program within Tacoma Public Schools, while Stadium High School has the largest Art department. The Hilltop Artists in Residence glassblowing program is nationally recognized - it’s only one example of how Tacoma Public Schools “think outside the box”.

Community Information
Tacoma, Washington is a beautiful, mid-sized port city located on the Pugent Sound, only 40 minutes south of Seattle. With many cultural, entertainment, dining, sports and recreation options for the nearly 200,000 residents to enjoy, Tacoma is the perfect blend of natural surroundings and urban living.

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.

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: Mid-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
  • Calculus AB
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • 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
  • 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
  • Knowledge Bowl
  • Math
  • Mock Trial
  • National Honor Society
  • Russian
  • Spanish Language
  • Student Council
  • TV Production Club

School Location

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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