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

Willie Stewart Academy GED Program - OPTION 2

Our GED program provides students with the ability to receive instruction, study skills, career guidance, social emotional support and the ability to foster positive relationships with caring teachers and adults, while working toward the attainment of a GED certification.
We recognize that our students come from a wide-range of life circumstances, therefore we strive to maintain wrap-around services which can include: mental health, drug and alcohol counseling, and community outreach. Our goal is to allow for student to engage in learning in an individualized approach that will help them be successful in obtaining and preparing for the General Educational Development (GED) Tests. 

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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.

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Contact: James Keniston

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

Graduation Alliance Diploma Program - OPTION 5

Students who participate in Tacoma Reengagement work online to complete courses for diploma.

Contact: Anele Roberts