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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

2018-2019 Teacher Impact Awards

Teachers are essential to the success of every child in Tacoma.

The Foundation for Tacoma Students wants to support the work of our amazing educators by providing awards that tie to our indicators.

Any certified teacher in Tacoma School District is eligible to apply for the 2018-2019 Teacher Impact Awards.

Receive up to $500 as an individual teacher, $1,000 as a team, or $2,000 as a school. Deadline to apply is Friday, September 28.

APPLY TODAY!
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Cradle to Career Luncheon and Event 

YOU are Graduate Tacoma! 

JOIN US as we acknowledge, amplify, and express deep appreciation to the community partners that serve Tacoma students each day from cradle to career.

LEARN ABOUT the many ways you can contribute to the community-wide movement to help every child achieve success.

ENJOY the performances of Tacoma students as they showcase their talents and share their future goals.

This is one event you do not want to miss. Be sure to register early and secure your spot to this highly anticipated Cradle to Career Luncheon and Event! 

Register Today!

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 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.