Greetings Federal Way Public Schools families and community,
Our vision for exceptional schools means we are solely focused on providing highly effective learning environments where scholars feel known, cared about, challenged and successful in acquiring the skills and knowledge they need to persist to graduation and beyond.
As a mother and superintendent, I know a school district’s most important job is to keep our staff and scholars safe and engaged so they can learn at the highest levels, to be ready for college, career and the workforce. As a former classroom teacher, I also know safe and civil classrooms are essential to successful learning and effective teaching. And, as a member of the community, I know that school safety is everybody’s business. We count on one another and we need one another to be successful.
In reflecting on the last three years of our strategic plan efforts, we have made significant headway in many areas. For five years in a row graduation rates in Federal Way Public Schools have been on the rise, hitting 83.1 percent for the class of 2017 with one of the highest graduation rates in the region. We’re outpacing the region in our early learning indicators, and College Bound Scholarship sign up rates. Our retention rate for teaching staff is also on the rise with our latest numbers above 90 percent of our teachers returning for the 2018–19 school year. FWPS ranks second in the Road Map District for the percent of all high school graduates who directly enroll in a 2- or 4-year postsecondary institution. These are just a few examples of what happens when we focus and partner internally and externally on having the best school system.