Puyallup schools welcome new students
Puyallup schools welcome new students
Posted on 09/17/2018
Puyallup schools welcome new students

Kindergartner Sebastian Nevarez looks forward to art at Stewart Elementary this school year. His brother Julian is excited to make new friends — as he is a fourth grader who is new to the school.

Stewart Elem family
Their mother, Glenda Nevarez, says her family moved to Puyallup recently from Lake Tapps. One of the main reasons for relocating was so her children could attend Puyallup schools. She also has a son who is new to Edgemont Junior High this year.

“My friends talk really highly about the schools, and the community has been nice and welcoming,” says Nevarez.

The Nevarez family is one of many welcomed by staff in recent weeks as they arrived to register new students. So far, there are more than 2,235 students who are new to the district this fall. Eighty-one percent of those are in elementary.

The housing market boom of the last few years can be seen in every corner of the district. Enrollment increased by more than 1,300 students between the 2012-13 and 2016-17 school years — most of the growth at the elementary level. Sixth graders are currently housed in Aylen, Ballou, Ferrucci, and Edgemont junior highs to accommodate overcrowding in elementary schools.

Four new or rebuilt elementary schools are set to open in the fall of 2019. The Hunt 12 classroom addition opened this September. These projects will increase capacity to house more than 2,500 additional students. The Pope Elementary remodel will be complete by fall 2020.

The voter approved 2015 School Construction and Facility Improvements bond addresses the need for elementary school classroom space. The bond funds replace Firgrove, Northwood, and Sunrise elementary schools, build a new elementary school west of Meridian on South Hill, remodel Pope Elementary, and added a 12 classroom addition to Hunt Elementary.

The 2015 bond projects are intended to relieve overcrowding from continued enrollment growth in the district’s elementary schools.


More information and continued updates can be found on the district’s Foundations For Our Future website.