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Student & Family Handbook

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North Thurston Public Schools is committed to excellence: preparing students for rewarding careers, fulfilling lives, and compassionate global citizenship.


  • High-quality teaching is essential to student achievement.
  • Compassionate attitudes and actions create a culture of service.
  • Student voice increases engagement and belonging in our community.
  • Investing in our staff is critical to student success.
  • Healthy relationships are built on collaboration, respect for diversity, accountability, and trust.
  • Family and community partnerships are essential to meet the needs of our students.


In North Thurston Public Schools, our vision is clear: All students empowered and future-ready. Through our strategic planning process, our community defined five visionary goals for student success:

Goal 1 — Success in the Early Years

Every student will engage in meaningful learning opportunities that foster curiosity and joy of learning while developing the academic and social skills to meet/exceed standards by the end of Grade 3.

Goal 2 — Responsible, Resilient, Empowered Learners

Every student will feel safe as an empowered, responsible, and resilient learner, open to and accepting cultural diversity and perspectives, and empowered to advocate for and pursue their own educational passions.

Goal 3 — Critical Thinkers and Solution Seekers

Every student will demonstrate skills in creative and evaluative reasoning, communication, and collaboration to address challenges in a socially just and democratic society.

Goal 4 — Continuous Growth — All Subjects, All Students

Every student will demonstrate continuous growth towards meeting/exceeding rigorous learning standards.

Goal 5 — Preparedness for Post-Secondary Success

Every student will successfully navigate the critical transitions in their personalized learning trajectory, and will graduate from high school prepared for success in college, career, and postsecondary experiences.

Read our entire Strategic Plan for details on our goals and progress >>


This handbook sets forth the written rules and regulations of North Thurston Public Schools regarding student conduct, discipline, corrective actions and rights. This handbook provides an overview of the types of misconduct that will result in disciplinary action. In addition to these rules and regulations, each school in the district provides rules and procedures regarding the administering of discipline at that school.