Top 10 Best Tacoma Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 110 public schools serving 49,348 students in Tacoma, WA (there are 31 private schools, serving 6,002 private students). 89% of all K-12 students in Tacoma, WA are educated in public schools (compared to the WA state average of 91%).
The top ranked public schools in Tacoma, WA are Lowell Elementary School, Narrows View Intermediate and Sherman Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Tacoma, WA public schools have an average math proficiency score of 31% (versus the Washington public school average of 50%), and reading proficiency score of 41% (versus the 59% statewide average). Schools in Tacoma have an average ranking of 1/10, which is in the bottom 50% of Washington public schools.
Minority enrollment is 65% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the Washington public school average of 50% (majority Hispanic).

Best Tacoma, WA Public Schools (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Lowell Elementary School
(Math: 84% | Reading: 85%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
810 Mr. Dahl Dr
Tacoma, WA 98403
(253) 571-7200
Grades: K-5
| 339 students
Rank: #22.
Narrows View Intermediate
(Math: 76% | Reading: 81%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
7813 44th St W
Tacoma, WA 98466
(253) 566-5630
Grades: 5-7
| 676 students
Rank: #33.
Sherman Elementary School
(Math: 69% | Reading: 81%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
4415 N 38th St
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 571-5488
Grades: K-5
| 422 students
Rank: #44.
University Place Primary
(Math: 75-79% | Reading: 70-74%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
2708 W Grandview Dr
Tacoma, WA 98466
(253) 566-5620
Grades: PK-4
| 469 students
Rank: #5 - 65. - 6.
Browns Point Elementary School
(Math: 69% | Reading: 75%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1526 51st St Ne
Tacoma, WA 98422
(253) 571-7600
Grades: K-5
| 397 students
Rank: #5 - 65. - 6.
Rainier Elementary School
(Math: 69% | Reading: 75%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
2410 Stryker Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98433
(253) 583-5220
Grades: PK-5
| 546 students
Rank: #77.
Curtis Junior High School
(Math: 65% | Reading: 78%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
3725 Grandview Drive West
Tacoma, WA 98466
(253) 566-5670
Grades: 8-9
| 875 students
Rank: #88.
Curtis Senior High School
(Math: 61% | Reading: 82%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
8425 40th W
Tacoma, WA 98466
(253) 566-5710
Grades: 10-12
| 1,345 students
Rank: #99.
Washington Elementary School
(Math: 67% | Reading: 75%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
6501 S 10th St
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 571-5738
Grades: PK-5
| 359 students
Rank: #1010.
Naches Trail Elementary School
(Math: 69% | Reading: 73%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
15305 Waller Road East
Tacoma, WA 98446
(253) 800-8700
Grades: PK-6
| 412 students
Rank: #1111.
Stanley Elementary School
(Math: 60-64% | Reading: 75-79%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1712 S 17th St
Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 571-4500
Grades: PK-5
| 323 students
Rank: #1212.
Jefferson Elementary School
(Math: 65-69% | Reading: 70-74%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
6501 N 23rd St
Tacoma, WA 98406
(253) 571-2261
Grades: PK-5
| 285 students
Rank: #1313.
Beachwood Elementary School
(Math: 70-74% | Reading: 65-69%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
8890 Concord Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98433
(253) 583-5260
Grades: PK-5
| 326 students
Rank: #1414.
Point Defiance Elementary School
(Math: 66% | Reading: 71%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
4330 N Visscher St
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 571-6900
Grades: PK-5
| 329 students
Rank: #1515.
Chester H Thompson Elementary School
(Math: 69% | Reading: 68%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
303 159th St E
Tacoma, WA 98445
(253) 800-5800
Grades: PK-6
| 632 students
Rank: #1616.
Science And Math Institute
Magnet School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 80-84%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
5501 N. Pearl St
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 571-2300
Grades: 9-12
| 600 students
Rank: #17 - 1817. - 18.
Skyline Elementary School
(Math: 65-69% | Reading: 65-69%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
2301 N Mildred St
Tacoma, WA 98406
(253) 571-7800
Grades: PK-5
| 303 students
Rank: #17 - 1817. - 18.
Sunset Primary
(Math: 65-69% | Reading: 65-69%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
4523 97th Ave W
Tacoma, WA 98466
(253) 566-5640
Grades: PK-4
| 588 students
Rank: #1919.
Mason Middle School
(Math: 57% | Reading: 74%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
3901 N 28th St
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 571-7000
Grades: 6-8
| 689 students
Rank: #2020.
Tacoma Open Doors
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: 80-89% )
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
1818 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 571-3270
Grades: 9-12
| 317 students
Rank: #2121.
Evergreen Primary
(Math: 67% | Reading: 64%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
7102 40th St W
Tacoma, WA 98466
(253) 566-5680
Grades: PK-4
| 548 students
Rank: #2222.
Crescent Heights Elementary School
(Math: 62% | Reading: 66%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
4110 Nassau Ave Ne
Tacoma, WA 98422
(253) 571-5500
Grades: K-5
| 387 students
Rank: #23 - 2423. - 24.
Downing Elementary School
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 65-69%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
2502 N Orchard St
Tacoma, WA 98406
(253) 571-7133
Grades: PK-5
| 246 students
Rank: #23 - 2423. - 24.
Grant Elementary School
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 65-69%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
1018 N Prospect St
Tacoma, WA 98406
(253) 571-5400
Grades: PK-5
| 317 students
Rank: #2525.
Fife High School
(Math: 42% | Reading: 83%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
5616 20th St E
Tacoma, WA 98424
(253) 517-1100
Grades: 10-12
| 870 students
Rank: #2626.
Tcc Fresh Start
601 S 8th St
Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 571-1033
Grades: 9-12
| 0 students
Rank: #2727.
N.e. Tacoma Elementary School
(Math: 60-64% | Reading: 55-59%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
5412 29th St Ne
Tacoma, WA 98422
(253) 571-6933
Grades: PK-5
| 364 students
Rank: #2828.
Stadium High School
(Math: 45% | Reading: 74%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
111 N E St
Tacoma, WA 98403
(253) 571-3100
Grades: 9-12
| 1,541 students
Rank: #2929.
Clover Creek Elementary School
(Math: 58% | Reading: 59%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
16715 36th Avenue East
Tacoma, WA 98446
(253) 800-7800
Grades: PK-6
| 583 students
Rank: #3030.
Edison Elementary School
(Math: 57% | Reading: 59%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
5830 S Pine St
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 571-1700
Grades: PK-5
| 373 students
Rank: #3131.
Franklin Pierce High School
(Math: 44% | Reading: 73%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
11002 18th Ave E
Tacoma, WA 98445
(253) 298-3805
Grades: 9-12
| 1,145 students
Rank: #32 - 3332. - 33.
Geiger Montessori School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 60-64%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
7401 S 8th St
Tacoma, WA 98465
(253) 571-6800
Grades: PK-5
| 499 students
Rank: #32 - 3332. - 33.
Meriwether Elementary School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 60-64%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
10285 Compass Ave
Tacoma, WA 98433
(253) 583-5200
Grades: PK-5
| 284 students
Rank: #3434.
James Sales Elementary School
(Math: 55% | Reading: 59%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1301 113th Street S
Tacoma, WA 98444
(253) 298-4205
Grades: K-5
| 381 students
Rank: #3535.
Industrial Design Engineering And Arts
Magnet School
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 75-79%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
6701 S Park Ave
Tacoma, WA 98444
(253) 571-7906
Grades: 9-12
| 399 students
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Tacoma, Washington Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
3319 So Adams St
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 571-1387
Grades: 9-10
| 14 students
8425 40th St W
Tacoma, WA 98466
(253) 566-5600
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
South Divison And Liggett
Tacoma, WA 98433
(253) 583-5220
Grades: PK-5
| 340 students
8805 40th St W. Suite A
Tacoma, WA 98466
(253) 566-5649
Grades: 9-12
| 47 students
5501 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98406
(253) 571-2670
Grades: 9-12
| 9 students
1301 E. 34th Street
Tacoma, WA 98404
(253) 722-5883
Grades: 6-8
| 160 students
813 132nd St. S.
Tacoma, WA 98444
(253) 298-4000
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
1115 E Division Ln
Tacoma, WA 98404
(253) 571-1405
Grades: 6-8
| 341 students
714 S 27th St
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 571-3273
Grades: 9-12
| 33 students
North Division And Idaho Ave
Tacoma, WA 98433
(253) 583-5260
Grades: PK-5
| 337 students
Home Based (Closed 2015)
Alternative School
601 S 8th St
Tacoma, WA 98401
(253) 571-5100
Grades: PK-12
| 242 students
2601 S 35th St Suite 100
Tacoma, WA 98409
(866) 800-0017
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
5802 20th St East
Tacoma, WA 98424
(253) 517-1135
Grades: 10-12
| 34 students
1801 E 56th St
Tacoma, WA 98404
(253) 571-2080
Grades: 6-8
| 392 students
3702 East Mckinley Ave
Tacoma, WA 98404
(253) 571-4340
Grades: PK-5
| n/a students
1818 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 571-1387
Grades: 9-11
| 12 students
11110 Pacific Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98444
(253) 537-0211
Grades: 7-12
| 129 students
1321 Martin Luter King Way
Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 945-2000
Grades: 9
| 1 students
3319 S Adams St
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 571-1387
Grades: 9-12
| 290 students
3319 S Adams
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 571-1387
Grades: 9-12
| 156 students
Park Avenue Center (Closed 2014)
Special Education School
6701 South Park Ave
Tacoma, WA 98408
(253) 571-2600
Grades: K-12
| 32 students
1818 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 571-3273
Grades: 9-12
| 196 students
1818 Tacoma Ave So
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 571-2191
Grades: 9-11
| 36 students
4415 N 38th St
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 571-2255
Grades: PK-5
| 335 students
1301 E 34th Street
Tacoma, WA 98404
(253) 444-6759
Grades: K-8
| 220 students
2136 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Tacoma, WA 98405
(509) 258-4534
Grades: K-8
| n/a students
409 Puyallup Ave
Tacoma, WA 98421
(509) 258-4534
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
3319 So Adams St
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 571-2645
Grades: 9-12
| 23 students
3717 Grandview Drive W
Tacoma, WA 98466
(253) 566-5600
Grades: K-12
| n/a students
3319 So Adams St
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 571-1387
Grades: 9-12
| 10 students
2601 S 35th Street Suite 100
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 591-6888
Grades: K-12
| 6,245 students
2601 S. 35th St., Ste. 100
Tacoma, WA 98407
(866) 548-9444
Grades: K-12
| n/a students
2601 S 35th Street Suite 100
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 964-1068
Grades: 9-12
| 335 students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Tacoma, WA?
The top ranked public schools in Tacoma, WA include Lowell Elementary School, Narrows View Intermediate and Sherman Elementary School.
How many public schools are located in Tacoma, WA?
110 public schools are located in Tacoma, WA.
What percentage of students in Tacoma, WA go to public school?
89% of all K-12 students in Tacoma, WA are educated in public schools (compared to the WA state average of 91%).
What is the racial composition of students in Tacoma, WA?
Tacoma, WA public schools minority enrollment is 65% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the Washington public schools average of 50% (majority Hispanic).

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