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Enrollment and Choice Services

At Tacoma Public Schools we recognize that every child is an individual with a unique learning style, personality and talent. That’s why we offer a variety of learning environments to fit every child’s need and why we offer CHOICE ENROLLMENT – meaning parents can select the school that is the right fit for their child.

Tacoma Schools educates students from age three to age 21 in a variety of learning environments aimed at providing individualized education that holds all students to high standards of achievement.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

At this time Mason MS, Truman MS, and First Creek MS are not accepting transfer applications. They continue to exceed building/program capacity and need to maintain space for students residing in their attendance areas.​​​​​​​​​​

Boundary Meeting Map.jpgBoundary Line Changes shift the home school for some students.

The decisions to move school boundaries was not made lightly. A team of parents and principals worked since September to redraw boundary lines between schools in West Tacoma to accommodate the opening of Wainwright Intermediate School, and their recommendations have been approved.

Parents/Guardians of students who are impacted by boundary changes will receive letters with detailed information.

New Boundary Map

Frequently Asked Questions​

If you have questions about the boundary changes please contact Enrollment Services: 

253-571-1142 or enrollmentservices@tacoma.k12.wa.us.​

Important Enrollment Dates: 2016 - 2017 school year

  1. ​​​​Kindergarten and Preschool registration opens January 19, 2016. 
  2. Elementary (grades K-5) Transfer or Choice Applications (selecting a school other than your neighborhood school) are due March 1, 2016.
  3. Middle School Transfer or Choice Applications (selecting a school other than your neighborhood school) are due January 29, 2016.

    5th Graders: The choice application deadline for incoming sixth graders has been extended to January 29, 2016. Letters will be mailed to families of current 5th graders in early January once the boundary changes related to Wainwright/Whittier are finalized.
  4. High School Transfer or Choice Applications (selecting a school other than your neighborhood school) are due January 8, 2016.
  5. SAMI, SOTA​, and iDEA (opening in the Fall of 2016) have a separate application process. Applications for the 2015-2016 school year freshman class are now closed for these schools.

How do I enroll my child?

W​h​at do I do if I want my child to attend a different school within the district?

W​hat do I do if we are moving?

How do I enroll my child if we live outside of the Tacoma School District boundary?

W​h​at do I do if I want my child to attend a school outside of the Tacoma School District?

How do I enroll my child in an online or virtual academy?

How do I home school my child?


Enrollment Statistics

These PDF documents​ contain statistical information relating to enrollment at Tacoma Public Schools.​