- Message from the Principal
- School Information and Schedule
- General Expectations
- Processes and Procedures
Washington High School is a special place for me and my family. I have spent my entire 20-year career at WHS, and there’s no other place I’d rather work or send my own children. We have a dedicated staff and an incredible group of students, and I’m confident that, as you participate in our school community with us, Washington High School will be a special place for you as well.
What sets WHS apart from other schools is our culture and climate. Our school was recently recognized as the sixth most diverse high school in the state. As such, we strive to create a sense of inclusion and belonging, and while we still have room to grow, we take pride in knowing that nearly 90% of our students report being proud to be part of our school and almost 85% say that they enjoy coming to school. That hasn’t always been the case, so we realize how important that is. We recognize that, before students are ready to learn, they need to feel like they are safe and that they make a difference.
As critical as it is to create a culture of belonging, we recognize that it is not sufficient. Students need to be engaged in meaningful, rigorous work each class period. Our teachers focus on high-quality instruction for all and participate in continual professional development to ensure that we do this with the proper balance of support and student accountability. Collaboration is a critical component to everything we do instructionally. Our teachers are adept at planning and delivering quality instruction, assessing student learning, and making instructional decisions based on data. The result is a graduation rate close to 90% and regular recognition as a positive outlier, related to student achievement, when compared with similar schools. We recently learned that WHS was recognized once again by US News and World report as being in the top 40% in the nation, and not another school like us in the area ranks as high.
Washington High School offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities related to athletics, clubs, activities, JROTC, and performing arts. We recognize the essential role that such pursuits play and are dedicated to offering significant opportunities for growth and achievement to all of our students through these activities. I encourage you to learn about the many offerings that are available and see if one is right for you.
I recognize how important each stake holder is to the success of our school. As parents and families, I hope you visit this website regularly to check on important updates and upcoming events. Check your student(s) academic progress regularly, and reach out to their teachers with questions. Students use the resources on this site to ensure that you are making the necessary progress toward a fulfilling high school experience and a promising future. Go PATS!
|Main Office||7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.|
|Early Release Wednesday||7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.|
|Counseling Center||7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.|
|Early Release Wednesday||7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.|
|Health Room||7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.|
|Early Release Wednesday||7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.|
Washington High School
12420 Ainsworth Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98444
Main Office (253) 298-4700
Fax (253) 298-4715
Counseling Center (253) 298-4734
Fax (253) 298-4716
SAFE & CIVIL SCHOOLS MISSION STATEMENT AND PAT’s TRAITS
- We will honor and celebrate diversity
- We will collaborate and communicate with the school community to create engaging lessons and a learning focused environment
- We will provide and implement interventions for every student in need
- We will recognize and celebrate academic success
- we will assist students in creating post-secondary plans
- We will attend and acknowledge student performances, activities and athletics
Washington High School Expectations
The Associated Student Body is comprised of all Washington High School students. Student government is formulated through the Associated Student Body. Washington High School ASB cards will be sold throughout the year. The revenue obtained from the sale of student activity cards is used to finance the student activity program.
Should a student refuse to hand the teacher the phone, the teacher must state that refusal to hand over the phone will result in a two-day suspension. If the student still does not hand over the phone, the teacher will send the student to the main office and call/email the information. If a teacher does not state clearly that refusal will result in a two-day suspension, the student may only receive ISS.
1) Washington State Law makes school districts responsible for students from the time they leave their home until they return. In order to abide by this law, students must remain under the supervision of school personnel. Therefore, the Franklin Pierce School District policy regarding closed campus is as follows:
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2) Student records are the property of the district but shall be available in an orderly and timely manner to students and parents. “Parent” includes the State Department of Social and Health Services when a minor student has been found dependent and placed in state custody. A parent or adult student may challenge any information in a student record believed inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student. Student records shall be forwarded to other school agencies upon request. A high school student may grant authority to the district, which permits prospective employers to review the student's transcript. Parental or adult student consent shall be required before the district may re-lease student records other than to a school agency or organization, except as otherwise pro-vided by law.
3) A grades report, transcript, or diploma shall not be released until a student has made restitution for damages assessed as a result of losing or damaging school materials or equipment. If a student has transferred to another school district that has requested the student's records but the student has an outstanding fee or fine, only records pertaining to the student's academic performance, special placement, immunization history, and discipline actions shall be sent to the enrolling school. The content of those records shall be communicated to the enrolling district within two school days and copies of the records shall be sent as soon as possible. The official transcript will not be released until the outstanding fee or fine is discharged. The enrolling school shall be notified that the official transcript is being withheld due to an unpaid fee or fine.
All students must maintain satisfactory citizenship in school for the year in office and must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA or better to be eligible to hold or run for an office. The Student Council will consist of:
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