Our Vision

A Tacoma where every child succeeds

in school, career, and life.

Our Vision

A Tacoma where every child succeeds

in school, career, and life.

POVERTY IS NOT DESTINY


OUR COMMUNITY-BUILT GOAL


By the Class of 2020, WE WILL increase, by 50%, both the graduation rate of Tacoma Public Schools students and those who complete a college degree or technical certificate. Success will require measuring and closing gaps in access, opportunities, and achievement for all students from cradle to college and career.

WHY IT MATTERS

More than two-thirds of the experiences and learning opportunities that shape a child’s life occur outside the classroom. Graduate Tacoma aligns with parents and educators in a community-wide approach that helps ensure every child has access to quality learning opportunities.

ONE COMMUNITY:
A BETTER WAY FORWARD


OUR MISSION


Graduate Tacoma is building and strengthening Tacoma’s collective impact movement to help EVERY child achieve success from cradle to college and career by aligning goals, data-to-action strategies, resources and community partners.

HOW IT WORKS

It takes everyone working together - parents, educators, and the community - to help every child achieve success.

Redefining the City of Destiny

OUR STORY


In 2010, just over half of Tacoma students (55%) were graduating. USA Today featured Tacoma schools under the shameful headline of “Dropout Factories.” That’s when the Tacoma community came together like never before. Together, we demanded a better way forward. Graduate Tacoma is a Tacoma-wide movement built on high expectations and shared responsibility – aligning parents, educators and community in common purpose. Collectively, we are informed by transparent data that drives community-wide action. And always, we are guided by an unwavering belief in the potential of every child.

WHO WE ARE

Today, the community-wide movement is nearly 200 Community Partners strong from every neighborhood in our city. We are parents and educators, early learning and higher education, youth and community service, business and labor, civic and philanthropic, local government and communities of faith.

Spotlight

2016 Community Impact Report: Turning Data into Action

The 2016 Student & Community Impact Report isn’t just a technical report that we release once a year. It’s a transparent guide that informs our community’s aligned movement to improve student success every day.

Read our 2016 Impact Report and learn more about Graduate Tacoma’s progress.

FEATURED EDITORIAL IN TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE

“What a refreshing change of pace to see Tacoma Public Schools defy challenges and make progress toward moving more students into gowns and mortarboards – not  just high school graduation, but also college.”

Read The News Tribune editorial.