District Mission Statement

Committed to Excellence: Providing every student the academic and life skills necessary to succeed in a diverse world.

About North Thurston Public Schools

North Thurston Public Schools was founded in 1953, 13 years before the City of Lacey. What began as a small rural district has continued to grow, and we are now educating over 14,500 students each year and expected to reach over 19,000 by 2034. With 13 elementary schools, 5 middle schools (including a performing arts magnet school), 3 comprehensive high schools and one high school of choice, the District is the largest in Thurston County and the 23rd largest of Washington State. The student population is the most ethnically-diverse in the South Sound region, serving African American, Pacific Islander, Asian, Native American, Hispanic and other populations.
The District is located one hour south of Seattle and encompasses 74 square miles serving Lacey and northeast Thurston County.
To learn more about North Thurston Public Schools, please view our Brochure.

A Map of Our District

Fast Facts

Over 14,500 students enrolled (PreK-12th grade)
2,000 Employees
22 schools consisting of:
  • 13 elementary schools
  • 5 middle schools (including a performing arts magnet school)
  • 3 comprehensive high schools 
  • 1 high school of choice
  • 18 Washington Achievement Awards
  • 6 Schools of Distinction Awards
  • 100+ National Board-Certified Teachers
Ethnic diversity
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native 1.4%
  • Asian 6.9%
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 2.3%
  • Asian 6.9%
  • Black/African American 5.2%
  • Hispanic/Latino of any race(s) 18.9%
  • White 51.7%
  • Two or more races 13.7%
+$173.8 million annual budget