Authentic student learning must extend beyond the classroom and campus. Since its’ inception in 1996, TAF has been a stalwart partner of community, industry, and higher education as a means to bring essential relevance, adult relationships, and rigor to the learning process.
In 2005, we formalized a framework for the role of a school as part of a larger ecosystem of student-learning supported by adult partnerships from across a diverse spectrum of institutions and backgrounds. Guided by this model, we made history in 2008 by becoming the first public-private STEM school (non-charter) in the nation focused on serving students of color and those from low-income backgrounds, TAF Academy.
Today, we continue our legacy of innovative partnership throughout all of our work. We invite you to join us in our mission toward college and career readiness for each of our students in STEM and beyond.
TAF takes the best instructional and programmatic practices learned from our TAF Academy school and make it available to our school partners
Our collaborative work with likeminded organizations adds value to student learning in and beyond the classroom in STEM and beyond
TAF leverages our corporate partner's investment of time, resources, opportunities to prepare tomorrow's STEM leaders
TAF values higher education as a destination for our students as well as the value provided through their research and outreach
Through our STEMbyTAF School Transformation program we provide support in the key elements of our pedagogy:
We take the best instructional and programmatic practices learned from our TAF Academy school and make it available to schools where students have been historically underserved and unprepared for a college ready path. Our transformation work focuses primarily on creating the academic environment that will promote the highest level of student learning, and it is also mindful of our part in meeting the strategic goals that our partnering districts have established.
One of the most powerful ways to serve a community is to have nonprofit organizations collaborate. TAF enjoys collaborating with many organizations. These organizations in particular have a long term partnership with TAF:
Washington ranks 4th in the country in the number of technology-based corporations, but falls to 46th when it comes to participation in science and engineering graduate programs. Less than five percent of post-secondary STEM degrees are earned by students of color.
Partner support helps us change this, empowering students to make important contributions in Washington State’s technology, engineering, and biological-and physical-science sectors. The end result is increased diversity and competitiveness in Washington State’s businesses, and healthier, more economically-robust communities.
Our college and university partners provide everything from college fair information to student teachers. Our ongoing partners include: