38 schools (21 elementary, 2 Kindergarten – 8th grade schools, 7 middle schools, 5 high schools, TAF Academy (6-12), Public Academy (6-10), and Internet Academy (K-12))
21,772 enrollment (8th largest in state)
2,689 staff members
Founded in 1929
Our service area encompasses 35 square miles
About the Community We Serve:
The district serves all of Federal Way and parts of three other cities – Auburn, Kent and Des Moines – and unincorporated King County.
Over 93,000 people live within Federal Way city limits, and, according to 2010 census data, 130,061 live within the school district boundaries, including the portions of Des Moines, Kent, Auburn and unincorporated King County served by the district.
The Chamber of Commerce includes about 550 members and business partners.
A Closer Look at Our Students Reveals:
66.6% are an ethnicity other than white
59.7% live in or near the federal poverty level (based on free and reduced lunch figures)
16.2% are transitional/bilingual, also known as English Language Learners
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Sally McLean was appointed Interim Superintendent by the Board Education in May, 2014. A veteran school administrator with nearly 30 years of experience, McLean is well respected in the district and the community. As Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, McLean had responsibility for all aspects of budget preparation and control, and oversees district and building-level enrollment projections, revenue, and spending forecasts.
The district implemented a Standards-Based Education system beginning in fall, 2011. Teams of teachers and administrators worked together to align the curriculum through the development of selected power standards. The standards endure beyond the test, are applicable in other disciplines, and are essential in the next level of students’ instruction. Students will have multiple opportunities and ways in which to demonstrate mastery.
The implementation of the Academic Acceleration policy, which automatically enrolls students who demonstrate ability into advanced classes, has had a positive impact on student achievement.
The district has updated its anti-harassment and bullying policies and procedures, and provided training to staff with an emphasis on intervening and reporting every time bullying is witnessed.
With 2007 construction bond dollars, the district has rebuilt five schools, including four elementary schools and a middle school. The new Panther Lake and Valhalla elementary schools opened in 2009. Lakota Middle School opened in 2010. Lakeland and Sunnycrest elementary schools opened in 2011. In addition, passage of the bond measure allowed the district to rebuild the district’s maintenance, transportation and nutrition services facilities in a location near Celebration Park. Finally, over $20 million in state match funding triggered by the passage of the bond measure provided vital upgrades to all district facilities built before 1990 except for Federal Way High School and the district’s central offices (ESC).
The district passed a six-year capital levy in November 2012 to rebuild the district’s oldest school, Federal Way High School, to improve security at schools across the district and to renovate playgrounds at 19 elementary schools. Demolition and construction on the high school began in early 2015. The other projects are ongoing.
High Impact Projects
The Board of Education implemented a new Policy Governance model of leadership in 2010, in which the Board tells administration the results they want to see, and allows the district to manage the work required to get there.
The district continues to host one of the largest school-based AmeriCorps teams in the country, whose 70 members focus on supporting AVID formal tutorials and tutoring one-on-one, in small groups, and in before- and after-school programs in the schools.
The district maintains an emphasis on professional coaching’s role in our staff’s development, based in part on the findings of theMcKinsey Report.
The district continues to focus on a district-wide math initiative that includes Algebraic Thinking in middle school.
The district has an innovative partnership with the Technology Access Foundation via a public school/provide foundation operating agreement. In addition, the district has contractual agreements with College Board to offer Advanced Placement (AP) and Pre-AP classes, Cambridge University to offer the Cambridge Preparatory Academy, and the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer IB the Middle Years and IB Diploma programs.
The design and construction and facility upgrades of 31 schools and district facilities over six years was fulfilled on time and under budget through a 2007 construction bond.