When people with kids are buying a home in Tacoma, schools are often a major factor in choosing a neighborhood. It can be overwhelming to know where to begin, especially if you’re relocating to the area.
1. Familiarize yourself with Tacoma neighborhoods.
Check out our clickable neighborhood map and neighborhood guide that includes median home price by neighborhood. Get a feel for which districts might be a good fit for you and your family.
Tacoma Public Schools also offers an interactive map and you can search by grade level and location.
2. Check out education data (with a critical eye)
Beware: statistics don’t always tell the whole story. Numbers can perpetuate discrimination. Websites like Zillow often promote Greatschools ratings. While Greatschools says information drives equity, we should consider Greatschools ratings with a grain of salt. Check for progress scores on Greatschools, because those numbers show which schools do the best overall job teaching students.
Check out this local data source from the Washington State Department of Education. Tip: they also have growth scores for schools.
3. Connect with other Tacoma parents.
The best way to figure out how a school feels is to talk with other parents because they also had to make this tough decision. Connect with people who can answer your questions and paint a more holistic picture of a school experience. Prepare a list of your priorities for schools and ask about those. Reach out to Marguerite – she would love to get you connected to locals who love their schools.
If you’re unable to connect with parents at the school, reaching out to the principal for information and a tour is a great way to get to know a school’s culture and strengths. For more about this, check out our interview with Tacoma Public Schools Superintendent Carla Santorno.
4. Check out our list of schools in Pierce County.
There is a wide variety of amazing educational opportunities in Pierce County. It can be challenging to search and compare with so many different districts, public, and private schools! We did the hard work for you and gathered this list together to make your research a little easier.
Private Schools in Pierce County
Charles Wright Academy – University PLace
Annie Wright Schools – Tacoma
Community Montesori – Tacoma
Seabury School – Tacoma
Religious Schools in Pierce County
Life Christian Academy – Tacoma
Puget Sound Christian School – Tacoma
Heritage Christian School – Tacoma
Bellarmine Preparatory High School (Catholic) – Tacoma
Lakewood Lutheran School – Lakewood
Sound Christian Academy – Tacoma
Concordia Christian School (Lutheran) – Tacoma
Holy Rosary School (Catholic) – Tacoma
Covenant High School – Tacoma
St Francis Cabrini (Catholic) – Lakewood
Northwest Christian School – Puyallup
Cascade Christian Schools – Frederickson, Puyallup, McAlder
Lighthouse Christian School – Gig Harbor
Tacoma Christian Academy – Tacoma
Want to dive deeper into Tacoma schools?
Additional resources on finding a good school for you in Tacoma:
Listen to our interview with Carla Santorno, the beloved Superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools
Tune in to our chat with T’wina Franklin, Director and Board Legislative Representative for the University Place School District
Resources for buying a house in Tacoma:
Marguerite Martin, Founder of MoveToTacoma.com is a real estate agent in Tacoma, WA . As a real estate “Matchmaker,” she specializes in connecting real estate clients to the perfect agent in Tacoma and across the country. Learn more at Meet Your Guide.