Home 2018-02-07T16:26:43+00:00

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.

WATCH US WORK

THE LATEST FROM GRADUATE TACOMA

86 percent grad rate cookies

TPS Grad Rate Increases for 7th Year in a Row!

The graduation rate for Tacoma Public Schools’ Class of 2017 is 86.1%! Read more about what The News Tribune had to say about how Tacoma has worked together to steadily make improvements for student success!

READ THE EDITORIAL

Talk to Your Counselor Today!

Or visit WAOpportunityScholarship.org. Applications are due February 28. Note: Scholarships are for Bachelor’s Degrees in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math from one of Washington’s 65 colleges or universities. More than 150 majors apply!

GET THE APPLICATION

COLLEGE TOOLKITS: DOWNLOAD NOW!

Graduate Tacoma college toolkits put students on track for college and career! Download our updated toolkits for middle schoolers, freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors by clicking below!

Learn More

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 more than 240 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.