• Population: 213,000
  • Located 40 minutes South of Seattle
  • Weather:
    • Summer/Fall: Warm and Temperate
    • Winter/Spring: Cool and Humid


  • Enrollment Restrictions: None
  • Minimum TOEFL: 50
  • Minimum IELTS: 215
District Highlights

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Tacoma was voted a top city for outdoor activities
  • Nationally recognized glassblowing program

Academics and Facts

  • Grades at Schools: 9-12
  • Total Students Per School: About 1,700
  • Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:20
  • Diploma Year Offered: YES
  • Choose High School in District? NO
  • High Schools Accepting Students: 6

District Profile

The Tacoma Public School District is the third-largest district in the state of Washing- ton. Tacoma’s high schools’ strong academic curricula include the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma and 6 foreign language options and are supplemented by interesting extracurricular and sports programs.


All of Tacoma’s frequently upgraded high schools have their own athletic facilities and various academic buildings.

Sports and Arts

The high schools in the district offer a wide variety of sports with students having the opportunity to compete in as many as 21 different sports. Tacoma District’s Wilson High School has a particularly successful and comprehensive athletic program.

For the arts, the district offers a number of courses in performing and visual arts including a unique and nationally recognized glassblowing program.

Awards and Accomplishments

One of the high schools in Tacoma District has won the state honor of the School of Distinction Award for 7 years running from 2011 to 2017.

Community Information

Tacoma, Washington is a mid-sized port city located on the Puget Sound, only an hour south of Seattle. With many cultural, entertainment, dining, sports, and recreation options for international students to enjoy, Tacoma is the perfect blend of natural surroundings and urban living.