Tacoma School District

601 S 8th
Tacoma, WA 98401-1357
(District boundaries shown in map)
4/
10
Bottom 50%

Top Rankings

Tacoma School District ranks among the top 20% of public school district in Washington for:

Category
Attribute
Diversity
Most diverse schools (Top 1%)
Community Size
Largest student body (number of students) (Top 1%)
For the 2024 school year, there are 69 public schools serving 28,676 students in Tacoma School District. This district's average testing ranking is 1/10, which is in the bottom 50% of public schools in Washington.
Public Schools in Tacoma School District have an average math proficiency score of 22% (versus the Washington public school average of 50%), and reading proficiency score of 32% (versus the 59% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 65% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the Washington public school average of 50% (majority Hispanic).

Overview

This School District
This State (WA)
# Schools
69 Schools
2,554 Schools
# Students
28,676 Students
1,081,849 Students
# Teachers
1,522 Teachers
63,220 Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
18:1
18:1

District Rank

Tacoma School District, which is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 300 school districts in Washington (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-2019 school year.
The school district's graduation rate of 80% has decreased from 83% over five school years.
This School District
State Average (WA)
#195 out of 306 school districts
(Bottom 50%)
This chart display the overall district rank of Tacoma   School District, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
(18-19)
40%
50%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Tacoma   School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of WA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
(18-19)
53%
61%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Tacoma   School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of WA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
(18-19)
90%
84%
This chart display public school graduation rate of Tacoma   School District and public school graduation rate of WA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.

Students by Ethnicity:

0.78
0.68
# American Indian Students
239 Students
13,580 Students
% American Indian Students
1%
1%
# Asian Students
2,476 Students
92,008 Students
% Asian Students
9%
9%
# Hispanic Students
6,369 Students
273,267 Students
% Hispanic Students
22%
25%
# Black Students
3,748 Students
50,542 Students
% Black Students
13%
5%
# White Students
10,118 Students
539,033 Students
% White Students
35%
50%
# Hawaiian Students
1,021 Students
14,335 Students
% Hawaiian Students
4%
1%
# Two or more races Students
4,630 Students
95,978 Students
% of Two or more races Students
16%
9%

Students by Grade:

# Students in PK Grade:
978
19,133
# Students in K Grade:
2,062
78,032
# Students in 1st Grade:
1,999
74,636
# Students in 2nd Grade:
2,051
78,568
# Students in 3rd Grade:
2,118
79,256
# Students in 4th Grade:
2,022
78,860
# Students in 5th Grade:
2,048
79,997
# Students in 6th Grade:
2,067
80,030
# Students in 7th Grade:
2,100
83,057
# Students in 8th Grade:
2,224
85,096
# Students in 9th Grade:
2,339
87,205
# Students in 10th Grade:
2,183
84,558
# Students in 11th Grade:
2,089
82,586
# Students in 12th Grade:
2,396
90,835
# Ungraded Students:
-
-

District Revenue and Spending

The revenue/student of $19,713 is higher than the state median of $19,148. The school district revenue/student has grown by 7% over four school years.
The school district's spending/student of $20,094 is higher than the state median of $19,607. The school district spending/student has stayed relatively flat over four school years.
This School District
This State (WA)
Total Revenue
$565 MM
$20,715 MM
This chart display total revenue of Tacoma   School District and median value from total revenues of all school districts in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending
$576 MM
$21,212 MM
This chart display total spending of Tacoma   School District and median value from total spendings of all school districts in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Revenue / Student
$19,713
$19,148
This chart display average revenue per public school student in Tacoma   School District and average revenue per public school student of all school districts in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending / Student
$20,094
$19,607
This chart display average spending per public school student in Tacoma   School District and average spending per public school student of all school districts in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Best Tacoma School District 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.
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: #33.
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: #44.
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: #55.
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: #66.
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: #77.
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: #88.
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: #99.
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: #1010.
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: #1111.
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: #1212.
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: #13 - 1413. - 14.
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: #13 - 1413. - 14.
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: #1515.
Tcc Fresh Start
601 S 8th St
Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 571-1033
Grades: 9-12
| 0 students
Rank: #1616.
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: #1717.
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: #1818.
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: #1919.
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: #2020.
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
Rank: #2121.
Bryant Montessori School
(Math: 49% | Reading: 61%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
717 S Grant Ave
Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 571-2800
Grades: PK-8
| 257 students
Rank: #2222.
Mann Elementary School
(Math: 46% | Reading: 63%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1002 S 52nd St
Tacoma, WA 98408
(253) 571-6300
Grades: PK-5
| 344 students
Rank: #2323.
Fern Hill Elementary School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
8442 S Park Ave
Tacoma, WA 98444
(253) 571-3888
Grades: PK-5
| 278 students
Rank: #2424.
Meeker Middle School
(Math: 43% | Reading: 62%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
4402 Nassau Ave Ne
Tacoma, WA 98422
(253) 571-6500
Grades: 6-8
| 636 students
Rank: #2525.
Helen Stafford Elementary School
(Math: 56% | Reading: 44%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1615 South 92nd St
Tacoma, WA 98444
(253) 571-4300
Grades: PK-5
| 424 students
Rank: #2626.
Special Services
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
601 S. 8th Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 571-1224
Grades: 1-12
| 24 students
Rank: #2727.
Fawcett Elementary School
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 55-59%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
126 E 60th St
Tacoma, WA 98404
(253) 571-4700
Grades: PK-5
| 338 students
Rank: #2828.
Lyon Elementary School
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
101 E 46th St
Tacoma, WA 98404
(253) 571-4800
Grades: PK-5
| 304 students
Rank: #2929.
Tacoma School Of The Arts
(Math: 20-24% | Reading: 65-69%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1102 A St, Suite 200
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 571-7900
Grades: 9-12
| 618 students
Rank: #3030.
Dr. Dolores Silas High School
(Math: 31% | Reading: 61%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1202 N Orchard St
Tacoma, WA 98406
(253) 571-6000
Grades: 9-12
| 1,132 students
Rank: #3131.
Wainwright Intermediate School
(Math: 36% | Reading: 55%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
130 Alameda Ave
Tacoma, WA 98466
(253) 571-2152
Grades: 1-8
| 370 students
Rank: #3232.
Whitman Elementary School
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
1120 S 39th St
Tacoma, WA 98408
(253) 571-7272
Grades: PK-5
| 318 students
Rank: #3333.
Truman Middle School
(Math: 36% | Reading: 51%)
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
5801 N 35th St
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 571-5600
Grades: 6-8
| 527 students
Rank: #3434.
Delong Elementary School
(Math: 39% | Reading: 49%)
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
4901 S 14 St St
Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 571-5800
Grades: PK-5
| 342 students
Rank: #3535.
Whittier Elementary School
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
777 Elm Tree Ln
Tacoma, WA 98466
(253) 571-7500
Grades: PK-5
| 344 students
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Frequently Asked Questions

How many schools belong to Tacoma School District?
Tacoma School District manages 69 public schools serving 28,676 students.
What is the rank of Tacoma School District?
Tacoma School District is ranked #284 out of 300 school districts in Washington (bottom 50%) based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data for the 2018-2019 school year. This district ranks in the top 20% of Washington school districts for: Most diverse schools (Top 1%) and Largest student body (number of students) (Top 1%)
What is the racial composition of students in Tacoma School District?
35% of Tacoma School District students are White, 22% of students are Hispanic, 16% of students are Two or more races, 13% of students are Black, 9% of students are Asian, 4% of students are Hawaiian, and 1% of students are American Indian.
What is the student/teacher ratio of Tacoma School District?
Tacoma School District has a student/teacher ratio of 18:1, which is higher than the Washington state average of 17:1.
What is Tacoma School District's spending/student ratio?
The school district's spending/student of $20,094 is higher than the state median of $19,607. The school district spending/student has stayed relatively flat over four school years.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • District size: 69 schools
  • Grades: 01-12
  • Enrollment: 28,676 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 65%
  • : 90% (Btm 50% in WA)
  • : Bottom 50%
  • : 40% (Btm 50%)
  • : 53% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), WA Dept. of Education

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