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Whittier Overview

777 Elm Tree Ln, Tacoma, WA 98466 , Tel: +1 (253) 571-7500 Tacoma School District

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Whittier Ratings & Reviews

February 06, 2018 Submitted by a parent
Former Panther here and now a Mom of a Kindergarten student. My whole family lives in Fircrest and both my nieces have also attended Whittier and are now in 8th and 10th grade. I was so excited for my son to start school here but itΓÇÖs not the same as it once was. The boundaries have been revised since the opening of Wainwright and the demographics of Whittier have changed in a negative way. My sons teacher is phenomenal but his classmates have so many behavior issues that heΓÇÖs not getting the full experience he deserves. Lunch and recess are a nightmare for him due to bullying and my once school loving son hates going to school. As I mentioned before his teacher is awesome but the school overall is suffering and itΓÇÖs sad to see my son have this experience. ItΓÇÖs gotten so bad that I am transferring him to Sherman next year to get away from children who call him a little b*** h and punch him at lunch time. Whoever revised the boundaries of Fircrest did a disservice to everyone in the community, my son included.
November 15, 2017 Submitted by a parent
I have a high performing second grader and a special needs preschooler who is on his second year of peer modeling this year and we have had the best experience. My oldest's teachers have been caring and my child is excited to tell me what she has learned every day. I especially love the newsletters that come home every week that let me know what is going on that week and all special dates for the month. She said she can't decide if her favorite teacher was her teacher last year or this year. The both teach as if every child was their child and they wanted them to succeed.My son is in the peer modeling special education pre-school and has an IEP. This is his second year at Whittier and he has been improving so much. He is now excited to go to school and has the language skills to tell me how his days went and what he did at school. His teachers are very educated at working with special needs and are always ready with new ideas to try in order to make learning and participating with the group fun and comfortable for him. I am confident he will be ready to go to mainstream kindergarten next year and be successful and happy to do so.I have also had experience working with the principal and she is always readily available, addresses concerns, and identifies good work. We have had a great experience at Whittier and would recommend it to any family. They do a great job of meeting all the needs of families and have excellent communication. Thanks Whittier!!
May 12, 2017 Submitted by a parent
Whittier use to be the best school in the Tacoma district but has gone down hill over the last couple of years. I have three children who have all attended and my youngest is currently in 2nd grade. I have to walk her to her line in the morning due to constant bullying by some of children. The things I have witnessed on the playground (usually only one person on duty for over a hundred children) are shocking. Children swearing, hitting, and berating each other and this happens in the classroom as well. There are also a lot of kind and polite children too but they are ignored in order to tend to the behavior problems. All of the teachers are excellent but even in my conversations with them, they express how the dynamic of the school has changed and how they barely get anything done because their class is chaotic all day. I have heard this has a lot to do with classes be inclusive, and while I agree it's important for to include every child in general ed, it's not fair to the students who are missing out on important instruction time because the teacher has to deal with one or two students all day. Just today while walking my daughter to her line a little boy was smashing another kids lunch sack on the ground while he cried. I went to inform the duty but she was dealing with a boy who was down in valet parking using construction cones to throw at cars. I think it might be time to look into private school.
January 01, 2016 Submitted by a parent
I love this school, I went to Whittier, followed by my niece and now my daughter! The staff are incredible. They really went above and beyond for my niece who had serious behavior issues due to problems at home. They made a huge impact in managing her and helping to prepare her for her future. They are understanding and always communicate everything and put whats best for the child first. Teachers have spent thier lunch and stayed after for both girls making sure they are learning what is needed. They have helped us with resources and I always feel my child is in good hands when i drop her off. We moved to puyallup for two years, during that time I commuted (about 2-3 hrs a day) the girls to and from everyday to ensure they stayed at Whittier. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I cannot say enough on how great they are!! Thank you to all the staff and the Fircrest community!
October 18, 2015 Submitted by a parent
My son has wonderful teachers, they really care about the children. It's only October and they have already had some amazing activities/events: Autumn Craft Fair, Rollerskating, Clifford the Big Red Dog helping with the crosswalk, Pie Sale Fundraiser, low priced pictures, and more! My son looks forward to going to school EVERYDAY! Also, my son seems to learn something new every time he goes to school. Thank you Whittier for being such an amazing school!
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Average Rent in Fircrest, Pierce County, WA

  • Fircrest, Pierce County, WA Average Rental Price, August 2018$1,186/mo
  • Studio$975
  • 1 Bedroom$1,040
  • 2 Bedrooms$1,230
  • Studio$1,022
  • 1 Bedroom$1,098
  • 2 Bedroom$1,286

Fircrest, Pierce County, WA Apartment Rent Ranges

  • $501-$7004%
  • $701-$1,00025%
  • $1,001-$1,50059%
  • $1,501-$2,00012%

Fircrest, Pierce County, WA Education Statistics

  • No High School1%
  • Some High School23%
  • Some College31%
  • Associate Degree9%
  • Bachelor Degree23%
  • Graduate Degree14%

Apartments and homes for rent near Whittier

Your child’s education is your top priority. We know that because—well, you’re looking at this page, aren’t you? If you think your kid would feel right at home at Whittier, and you are contemplating moving closer so the little rascal will never miss a class, we have some good news for you and your family. Commute will never be an issue if you pick an apartment within 5 miles of Whittier, and that should not be hard as you can currently choose from 149 apartments for rent available in this part of Tacoma. Not familiar with rent prices in the area? The cheapest apartment near Whittier is currently at Morningtree Park, renting for $895 per month, but if $3,131 is still within your budget, check out the more luxurious offers at Village at Seeley Lake. Or just do what most other parents do and go for the middle ground—that’s where you get the best value for money most of the time.

Things you should know about Whittier

Before you start packing, make sure Whittier is really the best option for your child. To recap, Whittier is a well-known public PK-5 school in Tacoma. It is located at 777 Elm Tree Ln, Tacoma, WA 98466 and it is the second home of 498 students. Please note that available apartments near a given school are filtered by proximity, not by attendance zone. We advise parents to visit the schools in person and contact the admissions offices for further information on school performance and attendance zones before making a final decision.

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