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Tacoma, WA
Students enrolled: 394

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1018 North Prospect St
Tacoma, WA 98406

(253) 571-1402
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February 28, 2015
Grant is a wonderful school for our intelligent, sensitive, artistic 1st grader. The environment is very caring and made up of teachers and administrators that take pride in their students/school and are engaged in what they are doing. Grant provides the same curriculum as all Tacoma grade schools but with an additional layer of arts curriculum. There is a permanent music teacher, dance teacher and art teacher in addition to their classroom teacher and KE instructor. Principal Holmes is an intelligent, forward thinking leader of an experienced, enthusiastic group of educators. The parents/PTA are also some of the warmest, most caring people I have met. Apologies for gushing, but this is as good a public grade school as you could hope for.

- submitted by a parent

February 07, 2015
Our experience at Grant was very disappointing, so much so that we withdrew our child from the school and placed her in a different school. We were unhappy with the quality of the instruction, the lack of communication with parents and the overall level of chaos in the classroom. I applaud the school's commitment to the arts. However, for us, this was not enough to turn a very negative general educational experience into a positive one.

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2015
My sons bully has been getting away with his behavior since it was brought to the teacher and the principles attention two months ago. They lost his Lifetouch pictures and have been very disrespectful and unprofessional with handling it. No notice at all for award assemblies and concerts. The counselor had no idea who my son was or remember the situation when I asked her if she had followed up with him two months after I was in her office crying about an extreme situation that my son was dealing with. None of these issues were resolved or addressed even remotely professionally. I hope this review helps any of those that are looking to put their child in a school where they are loved and looked out for. This is certainly not the place for that.

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August 12, 2012
I have four kids who go to this school. We love the parent involvement and the arts focused learning. My kids go to school and rarely come home having had a bad day. Jennifer Cooper is a great principal and knows each of my kids and has handled any problems that come up with great leadership and respect. My only negative is that there are some teachers still on staff who really should retire as it is clear they don't have the patience and endurance to keep up with the kids anymore. The younger teachers are just fabulous and have had great experiences with them as a parent. My kids have really enjoyed learning from the younger teachers.

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July 20, 2012
We didn't have a good experience at Grant and ended up changing schools half way through first grade. There was a lot of bulling and the teaching staff was ok. Our son's Kindergarten teacher left in the middle of the year with no reason expressed and his first grade teacher was a formula teacher. Our first report card was identical to every other students and I didn't like how much homework was given daily. It created issues afterschool when my child just wanted to play. I do like Jen Cooper and hope she makes changes.

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2010
Great families, involved teachers. This is more than a school -- it's a real learning community.

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June 01, 2010
As a former Grizzly, I will soon be sending my daughter to Grant. I am encourage by all the wonderful reviews. I also remember Grant being a great, wonderful place to learn. I am so happy to see that Grant is still greatly involved in the Arts. I will never forget my first orchestra class with Mr. Johnson so many years ago. :)

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April 20, 2010
This school changed my childrens lives before i moved them to Grant they hated school and they are learning so much and are excited to go to school everyday.the staff truly care about each child individually.

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April 09, 2009
This is the best elementary school in Tacoma. Great teachers and a fresh approach keep it interesting for the kids while supplying a solid foundation in the basics. Adding in the arts focus makes it one of the most desirable schools in Tacoma.

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February 19, 2009
I myself went to Grant along with my 6 brother and sisters. I have nothing but great memories from that school. I now am a mother of 2 boys who first tried another school and were not happy. I transfered them to Grant and have been overjoyed to raise them in the school I was raised in. The staff are very friendly and patient. The neighborhood is safe, and there is a overwhelming sense of family when you are there. Everyone looks out for everyone. Grant offers over 40 art classes and after school clubs including an in school daycare for us working moms. How convienent can you get! I encourage any child to attend this wonderful school. GO GRIZZLIES!!!

- submitted by a parent

February 12, 2009
I am constantly amazed at the way arts are infused into the curriculum at Grant-- you would never think of a dance studio as a place to learn about clouds or the state of matter (as well as a great way to refresh the kids minds and bodies). Going into the school my biggest fear was that math and science would be pushed aside that is NOT the case. While other elementary schools don t offer ballet, tap dance, violin, ceramics, drama or visual arts, Grant does!

- submitted by a parent

February 12, 2009
Grant Center for the Expressive Arts is an excellent school. Not only is there a strong focus on reading and math, you'd be hard-pressed to find a school that focuses on the arts. They have a wonderful curriculum that embeds many forms of art such as visual, theater, dance, music and so much more. The teachers are involved and wonderful and the parent participation/involvement is very high. This school went from near closing a few years back to rapidly growing and waiting lists. The principal is a fair and honest leader and inspires the children to do great things. The school offers a variety of before and after school enrichment classes that are teacher and volunteer taught ranging in subjects such as hip hop, creative movement, science, art, tap dance, ballet and more! This school offers a very well-rounded education and a great mix of cultural and socio-economic diversity.

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September 10, 2005
I have been extremely pleased with Grant in terms of parent involvement, enrichment activities, and academic progress. I am concerned about math and science, but this is a district curriculum problem, rather than school specific. We have a new principal this year.

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September 10, 2005
My children have received a top notch education so far and are getting plenty of enrichment activities. I thoroughly enjoy this school.

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September 10, 2005
I loved Grant when I went there.

- submitted by a student

June 17, 2005
This is a FANTASTIC school! It has a real sense of community among the teachers, staff, parents and students. Since it is a school for the performing arts, the students are encouraged to take part in many different electives ranging from jewelry making and ballet to baseball and guitar. I would reccomend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2005
Grant is a fantastic school, offering a wide assortment of programs for children encouraging learning through the arts. Parent involvement is high. One concern we have is the math program, which is used throughout the Tacoma school district. We would like to see more math homework and science homework.

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May 30, 2005
We have been at Grant for three years. One child will move to 3rd grade next year and the other to 1st. Our experience has been exceptional and we love our school. Our principal is gifted at working with children from all types of backgrounds. Her leadership and guidence creates a family atmosphere where learning is fun and all are welcome. The teachers truly care about the children. Each one that I have interacted with is truly committed to the school as a community. This is a magnet school with an emphasis on the expressive arts. The school encourages high parent involvement. If you and your child want to be part of a caring, active, educational community and get exposure to the expressive arts, this is your school.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2005
Achedemics: My son thrived at Grant. Their ability to somewhat cator to students needs and learning methods was great. He came out an excellent reader (testing well above his age) and received an award for his 4th grade WASL testing. Grant is focused on art and music, much moreso than sports. If your child enjoys art and music, Grant is definitely the place for them to go. The PTA program at Grant is not the best. The PTA push for membership in the beginning, but then do not communicate much once you have joined.

- submitted by a parent

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1018 North Prospect St, Tacoma, WA  98406
(253) 571-1402
Last modified Grant is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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