Our Location and FacilitiesLocated just south of the State Capital (Olympia), Tumwater School District encompasses 117 square miles. Tumwater is the third largest district in Thurston County, serving over 6,000 students. We currently operate ten schools buildings, along with transportation, maintenance, food service and District Office facilities. We have an Early Childhood Learning Center that serves our district preschoolers that qualify for services, six K-5th grade elementary schools, two 6-8th grade middle schools, two 9-12th grade 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. To see a list of our schools, please go to the "Choose Your School" section in the top banner of our website and click on the down arrow.
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.
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. Students also have the opportunity to participate in team and intramural athletics as well as numerous club offerings. New Market Skills Center career and technical programs and Secondary Options alternative high school offer additional options.
Our PartnershipsWe 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 high quality educational programs.