TAF Academy is a national award winning school that prepares students for college and careers in STEM.

TAF Academy is a 6th-12th grade STEM-focused public neighborhood school that prepares students for college and careers via a project-based curriculum. One of our primary goals is to enlist students as active participants in their own education, ensuring each students has the knowledge and experience to use STEM as a tool for positive social change; starting in their own community.

When TAF Academy students graduate, they receive a diploma that meets all Washington State and district requirements, and are academically and culturally ready for our nations’ top colleges and universities.

TAF Academy opened in 2008 in partnership with the Federal Way Public School District. It is located in at 26720 40th Ave South Kent, WA 98032.

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  • Enrollment: 287
  • Female: 106, 41%
  • Male: 155, 59%
  • Free and Reduced (FRE): 50.8%
  • Special Education: 8%
  • Classroom Teachers: 15
  • Teachers with at least Master’s degree: 73.3%
  • Classes taught by teachers ESEA highly qualified: 93.9%

Student Demographics:

TAF Academy is proud to serve a diverse student body. We hold high expectations for each student and personalize support for them to be college-ready by graduation. View more data from OSPI here:

In just 7 years of operation, TAF Academy has won numerous national and state awards for excellence and innovation:

There are no barriers to entry (no entry tests) school.  Open enrollment for Middle School and High School happens throughout the month of February.

The TAF Academy informational application is listed below, however this must also be accompanied by the Secondary Change of School Enrollment Application (Form #5116.4) which is available at TAF Academy (26720 40th Ave South Kent, WA 98032) or can also be picked up at the Federal Way Public Schools District Office (33330 8th Ave. Federal Way, WA, 98003).

Additional TAF Academy Information:

TAF Academy offers free tours to prospective families and supporters several times per month on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Click below to view the tour schedule.

TAF Academy Tour Schedule [PDF]


Parents, please contact the TAF Academy office at 253-945-5190 to schedule your visit.

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One of our primary goals is to enlist students as active participants in their own education.

What Does it Means to Be College-Ready?

  • College Aware

    Be aware of your options. TAF Academy broadens your understanding of how STEM in nearly every industry. We then help you choose a college that fits your interests and goals.

  • College Eligible

    Getting to college is competitive. TAF Academy students demonstrate achievement across coursework and entrance exams to ensure the best chance of admission to the college of their choice.

  • College Prepared

    TAF Academy students learn through a project-based approach that prepares students for what is expected of them in college. Students learn to work independent and collaboratively toward solutions to real-world problems.

  • College Ready

    Nearly half of all Washington State graduates require some form of remediation once they get to college. TAF Academy students are prepared to be successful from the start and armed with necessary awareness to success.

Did you know that 0 % of TAF Academy graduates have been accepted to college?

TAF Academy students have been accepted at top colleges across our region and nation including:


Nila Griffin, TAF Academy Class of 2011

Bachelor of Science (BS), Family Resource Management Studies

University of Hawaii at Monao (Graduated 2014)

“I was genuinely impressed with what I saw: the students were poised, rehearsed, and there was some real passion for the topics they picked. I saw some great teamwork as well. Congratulations — whatever you’re doing is working.”
–Clyde McQueen, Engineering Director, Google Seattle

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