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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.

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THE LATEST FROM GRADUATE TACOMA

Paying for College Is Possible!

Do you need help completing your FAFSA or WASFA college financial aid forms? Attend a FREE workshop throughout October to meet with financial aid experts and get help paying for college! Free computer and printer use!

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WE’VE REACHED CAPACITY!

(Thank you, Tacoma!)

Our 2017 Cradle to Career Lunch on October 24 is sold out. This year’s theme? A focus on Tacoma Rising & Closing Gaps. We’re grateful for the support of our friends and partners as we bring the Graduate Tacoma message to the community. Questions? Call 253-272-1600.

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COLLEGE TOOLKITS: DOWNLOAD NOW!

Graduate Tacoma college toolkits put students on track for college and career! Download our newly updated toolkits for middle schoolers, freshmen, and seniors.

Updated toolkits for sophomores and juniors are coming soon (but you can download the 2016-17 version now)!

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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.