Tumwater School District

Continuous Student Learning in a Caring, Engaging Environment

Continuous Student Learning in a Caring, Engaging Environment

Our District

Our Location and Facilities
 
Located just south of the State Capital (Olympia), Tumwater School District encompasses 117 square miles, extending far beyond Tumwater city boundaries.  Tumwater is the third largest district in Thurston County, serving over 6,000 students.  We currently operate 10 schools buildings, along with transportation, maintenance, food service and District Office facilities.  We have six preschool-grade 6 elementary schools, two grade 7-8 middle schools, two grade 9-12 high schools and Secondary Options alternative school.  Tumwater is also the home district for New Market Skills Center, which provides career and technical education for a consortium of 25 high schools in ten local districts.  

Our Mission and Focus

Each day our staff of just under 800 employees carries out our mission to provide “Continuous Student Learning in a Caring, Engaging Environment.”   Our academic focus is to help each child succeed by setting achievement goals and then using data to closely monitor progress and adjust instruction.  To do this we encourage and support staff collaboration and professional development.    We strive to create a safe, supportive environment in which all students feel connected and valued, while growing academically.

Our Programs

Tumwater schools provide a comprehensive curriculum emphasizing mastery of the basics in reading, writing, and mathematics, along with science, history, the arts, professional-technical education and foreign languages.  We have a tradition of providing effective programs to meet the diverse needs of our learners.  Our programs provide a wide range of offerings from basic skills classes to Advanced Placement (AP) college preparatory classes.   Diverse opportunities are available to support student goals, including New Market Skill Center career and technical programs and the Secondary Options alternative high school.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in team and intramural athletics as well as numerous club offerings. 

Our Partnerships

We partner with families, community members, non-profits and local businesses to increase student opportunities and success.  We appreciate our community’s support and work to continue to earn our reputation for providing quality education for kids.