Registration is now open for our fifth annual Cradle to Career Luncheon, featuring the voices and performances of Tacoma students! Hear from a panel of community leaders and local expert Fay Hanleybrown of FSG as we discuss how our efforts today can build the tomorrow we dream for Tacoma kids. Our progress as a connected and coordinated city has the potential to become the bedrock to transforming systems.
The Foundation for Tacoma Students is thrilled to share the next phase of a one-time investment by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We are now accepting proposals to fund your organization in one of three areas: Community Partner Capacity & Capability; Data Capacity & Capability; or Postsecondary Access & Completion.
The Foundation for Tacoma Students seeks a community based organization or institution to serve as a community intermediary to help lead and coordinate efforts to improve postsecondary pathways for Tacoma students, with a focus on […]
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
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
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 265 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.
We take our community-built goal seriously
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.
Dig Deeper into our data and sources, and find ways you can get involved with your community: