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The Tacoma Public Schools provides a wide variety of academic programs for students of all abilities and needs. The district has alternative programs for students who do better in the non-traditional classroom, a K-8 Montessori School and rigorous Highly Capable programs, a Middle Years program (pre-IB), an International Baccalaureate (IB) program and Advanced Placement classes.


The mission of the Curriculum and Instruction Department is to support high student academic achievement by providing standards-based unified K-12 curricula and materials grounded in effective instructional practices and designing professional development that supports building-based implementation plans.



Educational programs are designed to supplement, support and enrich core curriculum areas. To find out how, follow the links below, or contact Program and Learning Support at 253.571.1156.



The Research and Evaluation Department develops and supports the evaluation and understanding of district educational programs.

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