We’ll reach more kids, and affect more change in a new community that mirrors our own, where minority students make up the majority of the student body, and capacities to learn and thrive are endless.
“We’re creating a new school with an old heart and soul. We’re increasing access to a 21st century education through our STEMbyTAF academic model.”
– Trish Millines Dziko, TAF Co-founder & CEO
TAF Academy is a 6th-12th grade public neighborhood school managed in partnership with the Federal Way Public School district. It is also the only school in Washington state to be co-managed by a nonprofit (TAF). Since opening in 2008, the school has received numerous awards for innovation and its commitment to project based learning practices and STEM curriculum. TAF Academy students benefit from the foundation’s cultivation of strong corporate relationships which provide students with STEM industry experience through internships, innovation challenges, and more.
Despite the school’s success, TAF Academy has been in portables on the campus of another junior high for the last almost 10 years. Additionally, space has been limited and therefore interested students have been wait-listed. In an effort to offer the STEMbyTAF model to more students, TAF and the Federal Way Public Schools district came up with a solution that benefits both our TAF Academy students and existing Saghalie students. Now, we’ll be able to bring our model to more kids, and create more opportunities.