Panther Lake School Information

School Information

  • Address: 34424 1st Ave S

                   Federal Way, WA 98003

    Phone: 253-945-3600


    Fax: 253-945-3636

    Principal: Tabatha Ritch

    Assistant Principal:Emily Smith 

    Counseling: Andrea Cravioto

    Family Liaison: Emiliano Sanchez

    Grades: K-5

    Year School was Built: 1960/Rebuilt 2009

School Mission Statement

  • At Panther Lake Elementary, we are committed to cultivating a safe learning environment that embraces cultural diversity, encourages scholars to take risks, and maintains high expectations for teaching and learning by: Providing culturally responsive instruction; fostering scholar voice; partnering with our community to broaden the learning experience for each scholar; and implementing school programming that develops the whole child in partnership with all stakeholders.

Our School Goals

  • Our school goals aligned with the district strategic plan:

    Goal 2- Whole Child: Thriving, Confident, Responsible Individuals

    · Point of Contact: Emily Smith and Andrea Cravioto

    · Proud Point: 84% of scholars at Panther Lake report having positive student-teacher relationships.

    Goal 4- Content Area Competency

    · Point of Contact: Tabatha Ritch

    · Proud Point: In 2021-2022, Panther Lake made 5% growth in Math when compared to pre-COVID testing scores

Community Involvement

  • Community Involvement

    We are excited about building strong relationships with our families. Our aim is to build a strong PTO here at Panther Lake and we welcome all who would like to volunteer. In an effort to transform Panther Lake, we have created multiple volunteer opportunities so all stakeholder voices are heard and valued.

    Federal Way Public Schools and Panther Lake are committed to keeping families informed, prepared and connected to their child's education and well-being.

    We are always open to new ideas and partnerships! If you would like to find out how you can share your funds of knowledge with our school or your child's class, please contact our Family Liaison, Emiliano Sanchez.

    Office Hours/Phone: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm M-F (253) 945-3627





  • School Data

    You can find the following data for all schools on Washington’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s website including scholar demographics, teacher information, free and reduced lunch rate, school funding and financial resources, and assessment data at

    Also, check out the FWPS Data Dashboard on our website: and click on the “Data Dashboard” icon at the top of the page.

  • Updated: 2/28/22