Rigorous and Relevant Experiences, Rooted in STEM and Project-Based Learning.
TAF Academy is a 6th-12th grade STEM-focused public neighborhood school that prepares students for college and careers through a project-based curriculum. One of our primary goals is to enlist students as active participants in their own education, ensuring each student 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 nation’s 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.
Read: How TAF Academy Works [PDF].
TAF Academy serves a diverse student population in a historically low-performing area, and encourages participation by female and ethnic minority students who typically have been underrepresented in STEM fields. We hold high expectations for each students and personalize support for them to be college-ready by graduation. During their time at TAF Academy, students have access to numerous opportunities to expand their learning and experiences through the engineering and design labs, innovation challenges, various competitions, and interactions with STEM organizations and professionals.
Male vs. Female Student Ratio
Since TAF Academy opened in 2008, the school has received numerous awards for excellence and innovation on both state and national levels.
Innovative School Designation | 2014
Washington State’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
School of Distinction | 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Center of Educational Effectiveness
Intel School of Distinction | 2011
Early Innovator Award | 2011
Partnering for Excellence Award | 2011
Ashoka Changemakers and Carnegie Corporation for Teacher-Scientist Partnership (TSP) Program
There are no barriers to entry (entry tests) to enroll in TAF Academy. 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 for pick up at the TAF Academy (26720 40th Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032) or Federal Way Public Schools District Office (33330 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, WA 98003).
For more information about registration, please view:
TAF Academy Application
Federal Way Public School Choice Enrollment Opportunities
Back in 2008, when TAF Academy opened, there was a lot of speculation of whether a school of its kind could survive and thrive. Now, nine years later, TAF Academy is seeing the fruits of its labor. Alumni from our first graduating class in 2012 have completed college and are entering their careers, we’ve grown our corporate and community partnerships to support student STEM immersion, and our STEMbyTAF model of learning is being recognized as an ideal within the project-learning space.
We opened TAF Academy because we were frustrated that our then after-school program students didn’t have the access to a high quality public education. We felt that our efforts were being thwarted because students were not able to practice leadership and tech skills full-time. When Federal Way Public School District agreed to our partner management of TAF Academy, we knew we would finally have the type of influence in students and education that could really make a difference.
Our commitment to our demographic hasn’t changed, but we knew we needed to think bigger and penetrate the system on a larger scale to have a lasting effect. The exposure that are students are privvy to, allow for opportunities that are preparing them for successful careers in STEM or otherwise. Our focus on college and career readiness, technology education, leadership and confidence coupled with our dedicated foundation and school staff make for a strong launching pad for our students.
“TAF Academy’s mission is to prepare every student for college and for life through a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focused curriculum. Our goal is to enlist students as active participants in their education and help them cultivate a keen awareness of their important role in the world.”
Are you interested in visiting TAF Academy to see how our students are learning, firsthand? Reach out to us, and we’ll show you around. Tours are scheduled Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.
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