About Federal Way Public Schools

Our District

  • Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) believes when parents and caregivers send their precious children to our schools, they do so in trust that they will learn, grow and succeed. When our community and taxpayers invest in our schools, they place us in stewardship of Federal Way’s most valuable resource — our children.

    In FWPS, we are committed to each scholar having a voice, a dream and a bright future. FWPS is guided by a strategic plan with five big, bold goals that journey from the early years and persist to graduation. 

    Our approximately 3,000 staff members are committed to the academic and social emotional success of our scholars. FWPS ranks in the top 10 in the state for newly National Board Certified Teachers including 30 newly certified teachers in 2017, the district’s largest number in recent years.

    What you will find in FWPS is an advancement of a college-going culture, increased partnerships with parents and community, expanded STEM access to all scholars and so much more.

    For the class of 2017, the FWPS graduation rate hit 83.1 percent, up 3 percent from 2016 and the highest graduation rate in the district’s recent history. Graduation rates have been on the rise for five years in a row.

    Additionally, FWPS class of 2015 is outperforming the state with the percent of high school graduates attending college, persisting two or more years and acquiring a degree. 

    In 2017, the community supported the passage of an unprecedented bond package of almost half a billion dollars — the largest bond measure in Federal Way Public School’s history and one of the largest in the region. The community continuously supports the two levies that support student learning including a technology levy and Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) levy. 

    The new Federal Way High School (FWHS) project offers scholars with enhanced learning environments to help them compete for, and succeed in, 21st Century jobs. For example, the district is partnering with companies like Boeing to offer manufacturing courses to ensure scholars are exposed to current industry practices.

    FWPS provides multiple STEM opportunities for each scholar from kindergarten through high school graduation. We currently have STEM/STEAM project based learning lighthouse schools at TAF@Saghalie 6-12, Woodmont K–8 and Nautilus K–8 with the goal of creating a STEM Region.

    For two consecutive years, FWPS hosted two successful STEM Exploration Nights with high levels of partnerships with 90+ booths representing local colleges, universities, apprenticeship programs, and local and national companies. As a result, 5,000 scholars from preschool through twelfth grade and their families attended the events to learn more about STEM career opportunities.

    This community is stronger, healthier, and more vibrant because of its support of Federal Way Public Schools. Schools can’t do it alone, and we believe building strong partnerships with parents, families and community is essential to scholar success.