Message from the Superintendent
Dear North Thurston Families,
Fall is always an exciting time full of new learning, new teachers and new friends. For the Class of 2014, this is a time to plan for the future and graduation. For others, this may be a new school and a different way of doing things. Whatever the case, I can assure you that our district keeps student learning at the center of all we do.
With 21 schools and 14,000 students, our district continues to be the fastest growing and one of the most diverse in Thurston County. With this steady increase in enrollment, our facilities planning efforts remain focused on creating ample space and a safe student learning environment for all neighborhood schools.
Over the past several years we have also witnessed continued academic success for all students. The recent state achievement scores showed that once again, NTPS students are showing great progress, especially in math and science. We saw increases in 16/21 areas and all-time high scores in 8 areas. Our graduation rate was also an impressive 85% for on-time graduation -- 8 points higher than the state and higher than our neighboring districts.
How did we do it? By putting kids first! Our staff is relentless in digging deeper into the data right down to the student level. Through collaboration and professional development, we are figuring out how best to support each and every student through targeted instruction and interventions. We are also lucky to have more than 2,000 community and family volunteers assisting in this effort.
I am confident that the year ahead is going to be another positive one for North Thurston Public Schools. Together, our commitment to excellence can help make 2013-14 one of our best years yet.
Last Modified on October 7, 2013