TAF Academies

The STEMbyTAF model in action.

Students at our TAF Academies don’t just learn to store information for later — they learn to apply their knowledge in real-time through project-based STEM learning and connect it to the world around them.

TAF operates two public neighborhood STEM schools where traditionally underrepresented students are given the opportunities and access to explore STEM careers, embrace their cultural identities, and achieve academic success. At our academies, we empower our students to be active participants in their own education. 

Through our successful STEMbyTAF model developed at our pilot school TAF Academy, we provide rigorous and relevant learning experiences that encourage student-led learning, college and career readiness, STEM literacy, leadership skills and confidence to launch students into their futures. 

During their time at the TAF Academies, students have access to numerous opportunities to expand their learning and experiences. Students receive an education that rivals private schools, free of cost — having access to  engineering and design labs, maker spaces, innovation challenges, various competitions, and interactions with STEM organizations and professionals.

Each student leaves our schools with the knowledge and experience to use STEM as a tool for positive social change starting in their own community. They are prepared to lead and create the world they envision — personally, locally, communally, and globally.

Proven results.

Our TAF Academies serve a diverse student population in historically low-performing areas where students are furthest from educational justice. We focus on encouraging students who typically have been underrepresented in STEM fields on the basis that every student deserves access to a high-quality public school education, regardless of race, neighborhood or income. Our high expectations for our students and personalized support creates college and career-ready, socially-aware citizens of society.
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Learning beyond the classroom.

We offer rigorous and relevant learning experiences rooted in STEM and Project-Based Learning for the future innovators, leaders, and creators of the world.

Jumpstart

In order to prepare incoming 6th-grade students for our TAF Academies, we offer a summer program to offer students a chance to get familiar with our STEMbyTAF model, meet other students, and build new skills that will help them in them into the school year and beyond

STEM Expo

Every year, students participate in for-months of STEM exploration, using scientific investigation and design-thinking to develop solutions to community challenges. This all school event, called the STEM Expo, culminates with students presenting their projects to industry professionals and the larger community

Career Experiences

Students need to learn how to be successful in corporate environments now. TAF works with corporate partners and industry professionals to provide students with paid high school internships, mock interviews, innovation challenges, workshops, and more

TSP Program

A program built in collaboration with Amazon, the Teacher Scientist Partnership (TSP) brings professional support to teachers and supplements student curriculum with industry experience in Web/Game Development, UX/UI, Machine Learning, and Programming>

Explore our academies.

We partner with public school districts to co-manage public schools and implement our STEMbyTAF model. Our journey operating public schools began in 2008 when we opened our pilot school TAF Academy. We realized our after-school programs could not close the disparity we saw among students of color alone. Opening our own school allowed us to develop and test our academic model.

After much success and eight graduating classes, with the support of Federal Way Public Schools, our small school of portables found a new home and grew to serve 700 students at TAF@Saghalie. Today, our TAF Academies include TAF@Saghalie in Federal Way, WA and Washington Middle School in Seattle, WA.