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Tacoma Schools educate students up to age 21 in a variety of programs aimed at making them lifetime learners. Here are the answers to some common questions:

Ho​w do I enroll my child?

  • Determin​e the grade of you​r child based on past educational experi​ence. A student entering school for the first time must be five years old before September 1 for kindergarten, or six years old before September 1 for first grade.​
  • Go to your neighborhood school to enroll. Prepare for your school meeting by downloading the necessary enrollment forms. Take the completed forms with you to the school. You will need to complete a set of forms for each child you are enrolling.
    • Use the bus stop look up tool to find your neighborhood school, or call Enrollment Services at 253–571–1142.
  • Enrollment into a school other than your neighborhood school is based on space availability. Parents/guardians must provide transportation if they choose a school other than the neighborhood school. Find transfer applications on our forms webpage.

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

  • Submit a completed transfer application to the Enrollment Services office at 601 South 8th Street, Room 118.​ (Transfer Request-Current School Year or Transfer Request-Next School Year)
  • Transfers for the current school year are only implemented during the first 15 days of a trimester or semester.
  • Important deadline note: Transfer requests for the next school year must be submitted by January 9, 2015 for secondary schools, and March 1, 2015 for elementary schools.

What d​o I do if we are moving?

  • If you are moving within the boundaries of the Tacoma School District you may finish the school year at your current school, but you will become responsible for transportation to and from school. Please notify your school of any change of address.
  • If you prefer your child transfers to the new neighborhood school at the time of the move, first officially withdraw from your current school and then go to your new neighborhood school to re-enroll.
  • If you are moving outside of the Tacoma School District and wish to stay at your current school of attendance, you must obtain a release from your new school district and submit a non-resident application. Return the application to the Enrollment Services office at 601 South 8th Street, Room 118.
  • If you are moving out of state or out of the country go to your school and officially withdraw your child from Tacoma Public Schools.

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

  • Before a Non-resident can apply to attend a school in the Tacoma School District a release must be granted by the district of residence. Contact your resident school district for the release. Permission must be granted annually by the district of residence.
  • Once a release has been obtained complete the non-resident application and return it to the Enrollment Services office at 601 South 8th Street, Room 118.

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

  • We strongly encourage families to attend their neighborhood school. Research shows that strong neighborhood schools are an essential part of a vibrant and healthy community.
  • Whether you are wishing to attend another school in another district or pursue a G.E.D. or some other path to high school completion, please complete the Release to Attend Another District form. Return the form to the principal.
  • If you are seeking a renewal for a previously granted release, please complete the Release to Attend Another District form, obtain the principal's signature from your neighborhood school, and return the completed form to the Enrollment Services office at 601 South 8th Street, Room 118.

How do I e​nroll my child in an online or virtual school?

  • The Tacoma School District offers a complete four year high school program for students in grades 9-12. Please contact the Online Coordinator at the Re-Engagement Center at
    253-571-3270.

Are there ​any charter schools in Tacoma?

Yes, there are three charter schools opening fall of 2015. See their individual websites for more information:

​​​​​​​​​​​How do I ho​​me school my child?

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