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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Tacoma School District is a public school district located in Tacoma, WA. It has 30,260 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 40% of students are at least proficient in math and 52% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
52%
Percent Proficient - Math
40%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1110
1,209 responses
Average ACT
25
127 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
30,260
Free or Reduced Lunch
59.7%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$77,781
Teachers in First/Second Year
6%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$18,237/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    53%
  • Support Services
    43%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$51,631
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,080
National
$949
Median Home Value
$318,379
National
$184,700

Tacoma School District Reviews

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This school district needs to work on a lot of things, during my whole education experience teachers have presented themselves in a very tired and or poorly way, they aren't invested anymore and I think some of these old teachers should be replaced with graduates who can positively stimulate student and make their days better, but no. Instead they yell, scold, and shame. You should know that school are sometimes a students escape, they go there to be happy but when there's such a negative experience there's no possible way to have that. The bathrooms are not sanitary enough, you walk in and the ground has toilet paper all over it, the mirrors aren't clean, the sinks have some kind of grim in it, sometimes there aren't soap for weeks on end, not even hand sanitizer, there's no ventilation so it smells gross, the toilets are infested with germs. Don't even get me started with the visual art programs, they barely exist. Everyone is so focused on sports and music and that's why the tea..
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Tacoma School District has well-planned academics for each level that students are at. Diversity is as good as it can be though there could be more chances to diversify the teachers. The teachers that I have had experience with have been very pleasant, though that depends on how you treat them back. Further, some teachers have a one-strike policy and do not give students that act out a chance to better themselves. Additionally, sports are lacking at certain schools and there should be coaches brought in to support that as sports continue to be many students outlet. College readiness could also be improved by handing out pamphlets with people to talk to about scholarships, college options, financial aid, major selections, etc. because I am often feeling lost and have no idea who to seek help from. The best part of Tacoma Public School District is the STEM and music departments that continue to give students a creative and intellectually engaging outlet.
My experience with Tacoma school District was for the most part really good! I’ve been in this district my whole life and am now a graduate from Lincoln High school! The school and district took very good care of things when I need help or something needed to change which I personally really appreciated! All the districts have their flaws and areas they struggle, but for me as a student I felt well cared for and heard by those around me!