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Point Defiance Elementary School

Point Defiance Elementary has a strong basic skills program which uses a variety of instructional methods, materials and enrichment activities in self-contained classrooms. It is one of ten schools in Washington to be selected to participate in the "Creating Model Links: Linking Environmental Education and Education Reform" program.


 5th to 6th Grade Transition


Tacoma School District is the proud recipient of a grant provided by the RAIKES Foundation to support  students and families in the transition from 5th to 6th grade in the Mason/Truman region. The RAIKES Foundation is dedicated to the belief that regular participation in high quality programs leads to better personal, social and academic outcomes and higher self-esteem.

The focus of the grant for the 2011-12 school year will include:

  • Implementation of the AVID program in 5th and 6th grades  OVERVIEW OF AVID
  • Strong collaboration between teachers  in the Mason/Truman regions
  • Increased communication with families about successful transition to middle school

Contact Information: Mason 253-571-7000 | Truman 253-571-2245

Article: Putting Middle Grades Students on the Graduation Path: A Policy and Practice Brief


 School Information

Address 4330 N. Visscher St.
Tacoma, WA 98407 
Phone 253-571-6900
Fax 253-571-6922

 School Map

For driving directions to Point Defiance, click on the green marker.



Olga Lay
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