Tacoma Public Schools


Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) is one of the largest districts in Washington State serving approximately 30,000 children in preschool through grade 12. The district has 35 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, 10 high schools and 4 early learning centers. 19 schools are designated as innovative. TPS has nearly 5,000 employees and is one of the largest employers in Tacoma.


We believe that every student, staff and community stakeholder should be treated equitably. Our focus is to eliminate disparities among all groups. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Vision: The vision of the Office of Academic Equity and Access is to provide a quality education. This includes appreciation and respect for human individuality and for cultural similarities and differences that contribute to the success of every student.

Mission: The mission of the Office of Academic Equity and Access is to implement policies, procedures, and practices that advance equity.

Purpose: The goal of the Office of Academic Equity and Access is to support the implementation of equitable practices throughout Tacoma Public Schools. The Equity Lens is a tool to (a) provide a common vocabulary and protocol for evaluating policies, programs, practices and decisions for equity and (b) produce policies, programs, practices and decisions which result in more equitable outcomes.


Every Student, Every Day.​​

We believe all employees should be empowered to use professional judgment to deliver best practice that is flexible, relevant and meaningful. We strive to create a culture and atmosphere where collegiality, respect, and candor are the norm. That is the philosophy behind our Whole Educator model and the programs and benefits we offer to support our team members.

Carla Santorno, a national award-winning superintendent, has led an academic improvement effort that has increased the Tacoma Public Schools graduation to 89.3 percent for the class of 2018.

She stays close to teachers and strives to provide them the support they need to effectively educate Tacoma’s students. Connecting with all the players in the district – from parents to teachers, food service workers, bus drivers and custodial staff, is a part of her vision to create an aligned focus from classroom to classroom and school to school.

Carla Santorno






Get In Touch


Central Administration Building
601 South 8th Street
Tacoma, WA 98405​​

Telephone: 253-571-1000

School Hours: M-F: 8am – 4:30pm

Non-Discrimination Policy

​”The Tacoma School District affirms the inherent dignity and the equal rights of every student. It acknowledges the need to provide for every student a quality education that includes appreciation and respect for human individuality, cultural differences, and similarities that contribute to our democratic nation as a whole. Every student deserves a respectful learning environment in which their racial, ethnic, religious, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or disability diversity is valued and contributes to successful academic outcomes. Learning and work environments are enriched and improved by the contributions, perspectives and presence of diverse participants. The district is committed to the success of every student in each of our schools.”

Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.