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Helen B. Stafford Elementary, Tacoma School District

Cynthia Evans, Principal
www.tacoma.k12.wa.us/sites/schools/stafford/Pages/Default.aspx

Grade level: K-5
Free and Reduced Meals: 72.3%
Year school began to implement innovative practices: 2006


Helen B. Stafford Elementary promotes authentic learning through excellent instruction and community involvement. Stafford provides high-quality education supported by superior technology. Students are challenged to demonstrate mastery through performance, projects, technology, and the arts, as well as through traditional venues. Stafford integrates the arts as both an element for broadening student engagement, as a powerful method for leveling the playing field and boosting the self-confidence of ELL students, and as a method for enhancing learning and engagement for all students. Stafford also focuses on creating a climate in which students and families feel safe and supported. Many teachers at Stafford loop with students and are experienced in instruction at multiple grade levels, making for strong cross-grade level connections and enhanced knowledge of students’ needs and strengths.

Old Capitol Building, PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA  98504-7200  (360) 725-6000  TTY (360) 664-3631
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