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JBLm Education and Academics in Pierce County

For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools system in Pierce County, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children in the county as well.

To be enrolled in a Washington school, a child must be at least 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should bring the following to the school office: proof of current address, a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, the child’s previous school records and immunizations records. Check with the school for additional requirements. Required immunizations for a child enrolling in kindergarten are as follows: four or five doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; three or four doses of polio; two doses of measles, mumps and rubella; three doses of hepatitis B; and two doses of varicella. For more details on Washington’s minimum vaccine requirements for students, visit the Washington State Department of Health’s website at www.doh.wa.gov.

In 2011, Washington, along with many other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity, adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. At present, national Common Core State Standards exist only for English language arts and mathematics, though Washington has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.

CHARTER SCHOOLS

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. For more information or a listing of charter schools in Washington, visit the Washington State Board of Education at www.sbe.wa.gov/charters.php.

HOME SCHOOLING

For an introduction to home schooling in Washington, visit the State of Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction website at www.k12.wa.us/PrivateEd/HomeBasedEd. Here you will find information on home-school rules and regulations.

Washington Homeschool Organization

P.O. Box 66960
Seattle, WA 98166
425-251-0439
http://washhomeschool.org

Washington Homeschool Organization is a statewide, nonprofit membership organization that serves the diverse interests of home-based education in Washington. The organization’s website provides information on home schooling in Washington, curriculum resources, local support group contacts and more.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

To search for local private schools in Washington, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at www.nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch. Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type and more.

Choosing a School

Choosing the right school is very important, so be sure to research each one before deciding. Contact the school by phone or by visiting its website, which is a valuable source for school district statistics and curriculum. Talk to people in the area, especially friends and colleagues who already live there.

If the school shows promise, schedule a visit and bring a list of written questions about student-teacher ratios, computer availability, extracurricular activities, sports programs, music programs, gifted programs and grading standards.

Discuss the potential school with your child: what they like and what they didn’t like. Your family’s ability to readily adapt to a move and to find happiness in your new home may depend, in part, on how happy your children are in their new school.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Auburn School District

915 Fourth St. NE
Auburn, WA 98002
253-931-4900
www.auburn.wednet.edu

Auburn School District serves residents in Auburn, Algona, Pacific, Lake Tapps and unincorporated areas of nearby King County. The district has approximately 16,000 students with 14 elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools and one alternative high school.

Bethel School District

516 176th St. E
Spanaway, WA 98387
253-683-6000
www.bethelsd.org

The Bethel School District in southeast Pierce County has an enrollment of more than 18,000 students. The district has 16 elementary schools, six middle schools, three senior high schools, an alternative high school, an elementary online academy, a school of choice and a skills center.

Carbonado Historical School District

427 Fourth St.
Carbonado, WA 98323
360-829-0121
www.carbonado.k12.wa.us

The Carbonado Historical School serves children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Clover Park School District

10903 Gravelly Lake Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
253-583-5000
www.cloverpark.k12.wa.us

Clover Park School District, south of Tacoma, serves Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord communities. The district serves more than 12,000 students with 16 elementary schools, four middle schools, two senior high schools and a preparatory school.

Dieringer School District

1320 178th Ave. E
Lake Tapps, WA 98391
253-862-2537
www.dieringer.wednet.edu

Dieringer School District’s two elementary schools and middle school serve unincorporated areas of Pierce County.

Eatonville School District No. 404

200 Lynch St. W
Eatonville, WA 98328
360-879-1000
www.eatonville.wednet.edu

Eatonville School District has an enrollment of approximately 1,820. The district consists of two elementary schools, a middle school, a high school and a STEM school for K-8 students.

Fife Public Schools

5802 20th St. E
Tacoma, WA 98424
253-517-1000
http://district.fifeschools.com

The Fife school district is in the Puyallup Valley. The district includes Fife, Milton, a portion of Edgewood, part of the Port of Tacoma, and the unincorporated areas of Trout Lake, Jovita and Fife Heights. The district has one primary school, one elementary school, one intermediate school, one middle school, one junior high school and one high school. The district enrolls approximately 3,500 students.

Franklin Pierce School District No. 402

315 129th St. S
Tacoma, WA 98444
253-298-3000
http://fpschools.org

Franklin Pierce School District serves unincorporated areas of Pierce County just south of Tacoma. The district’s 7,500 students are served by an early learning center, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools and two alternative school programs.

Orting School District

121 Whitesell St. NE
Orting, WA 98360
360-893-6500
www.ortingschools.org

Orting School District serves the Orting valley community with a primary school, elementary school, middle school and high school. The district has approximately 2,300 students.

Peninsula School District

14015 62nd Ave. NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
253-530-1000
https://psd401.net

The Peninsula School District has an enrollment of nearly 9,000 students. The district has eight elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, an internet academy and a community transition program.

Puyallup School District

302 Second St. SE
Puyallup, WA 98372
253-841-1301
www.puyallup.k12.wa.us

The Puyallup School District has 21 elementary schools, seven junior high schools, three senior high schools and an alternative school, all of which serve more than 22,250 students.

Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1

511 Chambers St.
Steilacoom, WA 98388
253-983-2200
www.steilacoom.k12.wa.us

Steilacoom Historical School District is the oldest organized school district in Pierce County. The district serves the communities of Steilacoom, DuPont and Anderson Island, as well as portions of Lakewood and unincorporated Pierce County. More than 3,000 students are enrolled in six facilities: a primary school, three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.

Sumner School District

1202 Wood Ave.
Sumner, WA 98390
253-891-6000
www.sumnersd.org

Sumner School District serves nearly 9,000 students with child care and preschool programs, eight elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools and alternative programs.

Tacoma Public Schools

601 S. Eighth St.
Tacoma, WA 98405
253-571-1000
www.tacomaschools.org

Tacoma Public Schools is one of the largest districts in Washington. Approximately 30,000 children attend schools through the district. There are 35 elementary schools, nine middle schools, five high schools and 14 alternative learning sites.

University Place School District

3717 Grandview Drive W
University Place, WA 98466
253-566-5600
www.upsd.wednet.edu

University Place School District serves students with four primary schools, two intermediate schools, one junior high school and one high school.

White River School District

240 N. A St.
Buckley, WA 98321
360-829-0600
www.whiteriver.wednet.edu

White River School District has four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.

Yelm Community Schools

107 First St. N
Yelm, WA 98597
360-458-1900
www.ycs.wednet.edu

Yelm Community Schools is in southeast Thurston County, but a portion of the district extends into Pierce County. More than 5,500 students are served in six elementary schools, two junior high schools, one high school and one alternative school.

Universities/Higher Education

JBLM Education and Academics Universities Higher Education

Pierce County offers plenty of opportunity for continuing education. Use the following contact information to start your search for the school that is right for you.

Bates Technical College — Central/Mohler Campus

2320 S. 19th St.
Tacoma, WA 98405
253-680-7700
www.bates.ctc.edu

Bates Technical College — Downtown Campus

1101 S. Yakima Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98405
253-680-7000
www.bates.ctc.edu

Bates Technical College — South Campus

2201 S. 78th St.
Tacoma, WA 98409
253-680-7400
www.bates.ctc.edu

Brandman University — Fort Lewis Campus

6242 Colorado Ave., Room B-148
Fort Lewis, WA 98433
800-746-0082
www.brandman.edu

Brandman University — McChord Field Campus

851 Lincoln Blvd., Room 323
McChord AFB, WA 98438
800-746-0082
www.brandman.edu

Central Texas College — Fort Lewis Campus

6242 Colorado Ave., Room B-150
Fort Lewis, WA 98433
253-964-1070
www.ctcd.edu

Champions Centre College

1819 E. 72nd St.
Tacoma, WA 98404
253-475-6454, ext. 123
http://championscentrecollege.com

Charter College — Fife Campus

3700 Pacific Highway E, Suite 150
Fife, WA 98424
253-252-4200
www.chartercollege.edu

City University of Seattle — Tacoma Campus

1145 Broadway Plaza, Suite 150
Tacoma, WA 98402
253-896-3210
www.cityu.edu

Clover Park Technical College — Lakewood Campus

4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
253-589-5800
www.cptc.edu

Clover Park Technical College — South Hill Campus

17214 110th Ave. E
Puyallup, WA 98374
253-583-8904
www.cptc.edu

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University — Joint Base Lewis-McChord

851 Lincoln Blvd., Suite 350
McChord AFB, WA 98438
253-589-1728
http://worldwide.erau.edu/locations/tacoma

Everest College — Tacoma Campus

2156 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA, 98402
253-207-4000
www.everest.edu

Evergreen State College — Tacoma Campus

1210 Sixth Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98405
253-680-3000
http://evergreen.edu

Pacific Lutheran University

12180 Park Ave. S
Tacoma, WA 98447
253-535-7411
www.plu.edu

Pierce College — Fort Lewis Campus

6242 Colorado Ave.
Fort Lewis, WA 98433
253-964-6567
www.pierce.ctc.edu

Pierce College — Fort Steilacoom Campus

9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98498
253-964-6500
www.pierce.ctc.edu

Pierce College — McChord Field Campus

851 Lincoln Blvd.
McChord AFB, WA 98438
253-964-6606
www.pierce.ctc.edu

Pierce College — Puyallup Campus

1601 39th Ave. SE
Puyallup, WA 98374
253-840-8400
www.pierce.ctc.edu

Saint Martin’s University — Fort Lewis Campus

6242 Colorado Ave.
Fort Lewis, WA 98433
253-964-4688
www.stmartin.edu

Saint Martin’s University — McChord Field Campus

851 Lincoln Blvd., Suite 337
McChord AFB, WA 98438
253-584-3533
www.stmartin.edu

Tacoma Community College

6501 S. 19th St.
Tacoma, WA 98466
253-566-5000
www.tacomacc.edu

University of Maryland University College — Fort Lewis Campus

6242 Colorado Ave.
Fort Lewis, WA 98433
253-212-2399
www.umuc.edu

Libraries

JBLM Education and Academics Libraries

Public libraries in Pierce County offer learning, recreation, distance education, internet connections and other resources for users — all for free. In addition, school libraries that support the curriculum and offer internet access and other resources are in most public and private schools, and academic and special libraries are found in colleges and universities. The Washington State Library, www.sos.wa.gov/library, supports libraries in the state with resources, interlibrary loan and other assistance.

Residents can enjoy and make use of approximately 30 public libraries in Pierce County. Get information about services, hours and events by visiting the branches’ websites. For a full list of libraries in Washington, visit the Washington State Library website. The following public library systems are located near Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Pierce County Library System

3005 112th St. E
Tacoma, WA 98446
253-548-3300
www.piercecountylibrary.org

The Pierce County Library System has 20 locations throughout the county. Patrons have access to 1 million books, CDs and films, as well as numerous programs and events.

Tacoma Public Library

1102 Tacoma Ave. S
Tacoma, WA 98402
253-292-2001
www.tacomalibrary.org

The Tacoma Public Library has eight locations in the Tacoma area. Visit their website for more information on workshops and classes, digital media labs, the education and job center, learning tools and more.

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