Enroll at Whittier
Watch the 2021-22 Whittier Information Night recording to learn more about Whittier Elementary School. This recording includes introductions from school leaders and staff, academics, our school culture, unique programs we offer, and information about the choice enrollment process.
Enroll in your neighborhood school anytime during the school year.
Choice Enrollment for Grades 1-12
Apply to attend a school other than your neighborhood school for the 2022-2023 school year. The application window open October 25, 2021 and close January 21, 2022.
Whittier is a Preschool through third-grade school. Additionally, Whittier is in the application phase for the-International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program. During this phase, Whittier will use the IB curriculum but has not yet received certification from the international organization. The IB program is inquiry-based and focuses on six core subjects. The students learn language, math, science, social studies, arts and personal, social and physical education. Teachers use transdisciplinary units to teach topics. Whittier also focuses on character development and creating learners who are: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. Whittier students may continue their IB education at Wainwright Intermediate or Giaudrone Middle School.
Family Guide to Kindergarten Readiness
Help prepare your child for kindergarten by exploring tips and videos for reading readiness, math readiness, social and emotional readiness, and language readiness on the Tacoma Public Schools website.
Choice Enrollment 2023-2024 School Year
We recommend families start by checking out their neighborhood school. If your neighborhood school isn't the best fit, you can apply to attend another school in Tacoma Public Schools through our choice enrollment process.
Kindergarten: Choice Enrollment closes on March 17, 2023.
Grades 1-12: Choice Enrollment closes on February 3, 2023.
New Student Enrollment
Families new to Tacoma Public Schools need to complete an online enrollment packet.
New Student Application