Programs & Activities

Tacoma School District offers a second plus chance to students (ages 16-21) who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out of high school. Washington state law makes this possible under the provisions of ESSHB 1418, an Open Doors Youth Re-Engagement Program. Our programs will provide instruction, laptop and required academic skills, assessments at no cost to the students. Our programs provide an individualized approach as alternative pathway for students to realize their full potential and obtain their diploma.

Willie Stewart Academy Diploma Program - OPTION 1

Students who participate in the Tacoma School District diploma program must attend 10 hours of class per week and can do the bulk of their classwork on the laptop away from the classroom.

Instructional Hours are AM or PM session; 9:30-12:00 or 12:30-3:00.

Contact: Helen Rivera hrivera@tacoma.k12.wa.us

Willie Stewart Academy GED Program - OPTION 2

Students who participate in the Tacoma School District GED program must attend class 10 hours per week. GED prep classwork can be done on laptop away from the classroom.

Instructional Hours are AM or PM session; 9:30-12:00 or 12:30-3:00.

Contact: Helen Rivera hrivera@tacoma.k12.wa.us

Tacoma Community College FRESH START - OPTION 3

Each quarter, students work Tacoma Community College academic advisor to select classes that are required for the Washington State Diploma, certificate programs and two-year degree options.  These classes are available throughout the day and evening, either face to face, online or hybrid at the Tacoma Community College location.

Learn More on TCC Website

Contact: Tatyana Jones tjones@tacomacc.edu

Goodwill GED Program - OPTION 4

Students can work with our community partner, Goodwill on GED prep classes and have options for attendance.  This program is designed for ages between 16 and 24. It provides hands-on and classroom education as an alternative pathway for students to realize

Contact: Gina Marie Irvin GinaMarieI@goodwill.org

Graduation Alliance Diploma Program - OPTION 5

Students who participate in the Tacoma School District Graduation Alliance work online to complete courses for diploma.

Contact: Anele Roberts anele.roberts@graduationalliance.com