Welcome to North Thurston Public Schools!
"All Students Empowered and Future-Ready" is our vision for North Thurston Public Schools, informing our decisions and day-to-day actions from early learning to 12th grade. Located one hour south of Seattle, NTPS has a proud tradition of excellence in education and community support. With 2,000 high quality dedicated staff and teachers, we strive to prepare all 14,500 students for rewarding careers, fulfilling lives and compassionate global citizenship. Together with our community, we support our students’ physical, social/emotional and academic needs to help them become college and career ready upon graduation.
As you visit our website you will learn that we have a lot to offer in terms of a quality education. Our 13 elementary schools, 5 middle schools (including a performing arts magnet school), 3 comprehensive high schools and one high school of choice work hard to hold both compassion and high expectations for their students. NTPS is the largest and most diverse District in Thurston County, serving African American, Pacific Islander, Asian, Native American, Hispanic and other populations. We celebrate this diversity, along with our military families who make up 19% of our student population.
We hold a deeply-rooted belief that all students can learn and grow; therefore, we embrace the responsibility to ensure the success of each and every student. Our youngest learners begin with us in an integrated preschool program (Meadows, Mountain View and Seven Oaks) and continue on to our full day kindergarten program, now available in all of our elementary schools. We also have a Family Partnership Center which provides services to families with children birth to 3 who qualify. Our strong partnership with families begins at an early age.
We are proud of our students’ success. Our recent State assessment results show that in virtually all grade levels (Gr 3-11) and subject areas (Math, English Language Arts, and Science), our students meet or exceed state averages. Thanks to community support we are able to offer a wide range of academic, enrichment, intervention, and support programs for all our students. We recently implemented highly-capable programming in each of our middle schools in sixth grade, and expanded our Advanced Placement program to more than 31 courses at the high schools. We also partner with South Sound Community College and the New Market Vocational Skills Center for our junior and senior students.
Of course, we could not do all we do for kids without the support of our community. In 2014, voters overwhelmingly approved a historical $175 million bond, providing for the renovation of existing facilities, safety and technology upgrades and the addition of a new middle school to accommodate our growing student population! Our levy dollars currently make up about 20 percent of our operating budget, providing for smaller class sizes, teachers in the areas of Art, Music and P.E., and professional development for our staff. We also enjoy strong relationships with more than 50 local businesses through our Partners in Education (P.I.E.) program. Further, our students benefit from local youth services ranging from the Boys & Girls Club of Lacey to YMCA for before and after school care.
Thanks for your interest in North Thurston Public Schools. Enjoy visiting our website and give us a call if you’d like to schedule a visit to one of our schools!
Debra J. Clemens, Ph.D., Superintendent
North Thurston Public Schools