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Tacoma, WA
Students enrolled: 422

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4330 North Visscher St
Tacoma, WA 98407

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(253) 571-6900
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May 04, 2015
The best school my son went too. Too bad we moved... Recommend it for everyone

- submitted by a parent

October 04, 2014
Horrible! Some of the teachers are bullies and if you stand up for your kids they center your child out and bully them!

- submitted by a community member

June 13, 2014
Pt. Defiance Elemantary School is horrible.Some teachers are good,but some are bad.the The teachers always have favorites.They always say things to their favorites and never pay attention to the other kids. Also, my child, who is going to be a fourth grader, had a very rude third grade teacher. The teacher would always ignore the students. I do not reccomend this school.

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2014
this school has a awesome kindergaten teacher mrs.riggio but it seemslike the 5th grade teacher dont quit help out with the kids that need help luckly my daughter has found a new middle school that willing to help with what she didnt get in 5ht.

- submitted by a parent

November 14, 2013
This school is horrid... I wish I had seen this site before I decided where to move!! My sons third grade teacher is rude, pushy and inattentive. My son hates school and has never ever hated school!

- submitted by a parent

October 02, 2013
Not impressed with this school thus far. While a focus on reading is wonderful it shouldn't be the only focus. Cannot believe the lack of attention paid to math and science. Only three weeks into school and my child has been injured twice with not so much as a leter sent home. I will be looking for a new school.

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2013
My son just started kindergarted this year and his teacher is so rude and pushy. I can't talk to her about his progress at all without her changing the subject or cutting me off so I don't get to say anything.. I don't feel comfortable leaving him there with her, I feel as though she does not like him and treats him differently than the other children. Currently looking at otherschools to possibly go to.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2012
Pt. Defiance is a blessing for our family!!! So far three of our kids have attended and the great teachers at Pt. Defiance have taught them sooo much, they all excel in most subjects and are happy to wake up everyday and go to school. The oldest now is in middle school and continues to excel with a 3.9 GPA. I believe that what makes this school great is that principal, teachers and parents all CARE!!! Academics is a priority but to make kids welcome and noticing their hard work is just as important in this school. Our fourth child is going to attend this year and is also getting Mrs. Jacobs!!! My kids like her very much for a kindergarden teacher. In first grade Mrs. Hanson helped my kids with strong math and reading skills!!!! I believe she gave my kids a strong start for the rest of school life!!! Mr. Pittrof is a great fourth grade teacher, my child has never had a boring day in his class, so is Mrs. Watt for fifth grade and Mrs. Ancich for second grade! So far I haven't met a teacher that was not great. Thank You Pt. Defiance for such a great school and to Principal Olga Lay for always making sure our kids get the best education and a great environment to be in.

- submitted by a parent

April 12, 2011
My son came to Pt. Defiance after not having a successful experience at another school. My son is medicated ADHD and very challenging. I met with Mrs. Lay (the Principal) and explained to her my concerns regarding my son. She was caring and kind and placed my son in Mrs. King's classroom. He is a completely different child. He likes going to school, wakes up happy, and when I told him he will not have Mrs. King next year he was upset. I have spoken to several teachers at Pt. Defiance and the love they have for their children is unlike anything else I have seen anywhere aside from private schools. The teachers treat every child like they are the most important person in the world. I have seen teachers show patience with even the most difficult child. I can honestly say that Pt. Defiance is like a private school without the tuition.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2010
Point Defianace is a great elementary school. The school welcomes parent involvement and has a high family turn out at all the events. We have been involved with the school for 3 years. My daughter started kindergarten with Mrs Riggio and she is such a GREAT teacher. I have seen several kids transfer out of Point Defiance when they move to a different area and have ended up returning to the school because they missed it so much. We have nothing but great things to say about all the staff and teachers!

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2010
My daughter is in kindergarten with Mrs. Jacobs. She loves her teacher and principal. The curriculum is well rounded. She learned how to read and write, is doing math and science projects. We had an issue with a boy picking her. We addressed this with the principal and she immediately had a conversation with her and him. She listened to both kids, found the cause of the problem and came up with a plan to stop the situation. It worked and a few weeks later the 2 became friends. The PTA is wonderful with lots of family activates. The only complaint I have is the Music teacher. He seems to have a hard time handling a lot of children. Overall the school is great. If you choose to be involved in the school community you can make some great friends for yourself and your kid(s).

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2010
My daughter attended Point Defiance for kindergarten and first grade in 03-05. Bullying was a huge problem and never addressed. My daughter became so much happier after switching schools and was finally able to focus on learning instead of other children tormenting her. It seemed the only academic focus at the time was reading and AR points, so much so that the principal seemed obsessed and singularly focused on it. My daughter has now received a more balanced education and has discovered how much she enjoys math and science, in addition to reading. Leaving Point Defiance was a smart decision, and I'd hate to think where she'd be academically if she stayed there. The difference has been like night and day. Her current 5th grade teacher wishes she could clone her, but we only received negative feedback at PD. I'm now convinced it was the environment and not our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 12, 2010
Awesome school and great academics happening for kids

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2009
Point Defiance Elementary is the best elementary school in Tacoma. My child has attended since Kindergarten with Mrs. Riggio and I love it. We moved and another school was closer so I transfer my child to the other school and watched my child's personality, social skills and grades fall cause that school didn't care about there students and parents like this school. I trans my child back and drive there just for her to attend. That is how great this school has affect my child and she is back to herself again. Mrs. Lay is the most wonderful and caring principal I have met, and she is always somewhere in the school with her students and chatting with the parents. The Staff is just as wonderful. I will never leave this school again, I can't wait for my son to attend too!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 09, 2009
Awesome school...they care about kids and really make kids reach the high bar. The PTA has monthly events and it is a wonderful place for kids.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2008
Point Defiance has a very active PTA that helps plan family nights and events for everyone. This helps students be more active in school and want to participate. Reading and academics is stressed to the fullest. It is a great place for kids.

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2008
Pt. Defiance Elementary is not just a school, but a tight knit community where every child is made to feel important and loved. The staff is committed to excellence and makes it their mission to see that each child has the tools they need to succeed. They are led by an incredible principal who is rarely found in her 'office', she is in the halls, on the playground, reading to kindergarteners, making sure each child, teacher, and parent are given her full undivided attention. The academics are excellent, making sure each student is treated as an individual, from the one that needs extra help to read better to the one that yearns to be challenged. Parent involvement and commitment, coupled with this unbelievable staff make this school the best in Tacoma.

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2008
Pt. Defiance is the best school in Tacoma. It is a great North end school. The Teachers, Staff, Secretaries and Principal Lay always make my family feel welcome. The PTA is very strong and always planning activities for families. My children have attended since kindergarten and Mrs. Riggio is everyones favorite Teacher! Their are so many wonderful things about Pt Defiance I can't mention them all. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

January 05, 2005
Point Defiance Elementary has great staff members, however the Principal is in this job for herself esteem and not the children. She over runs the assemblies, takes credit for any thing her staff does. Mrs. Lay is not a team player, she needs to realize that she has a staff who is exceptional and very capable of doing their jobs with out her. Mrs. Lay does not care about the students only how she can look in the communities eys.

- submitted by a parent

December 01, 2004
Point Defiance staff is great! Mrs. Riggio, Mrs. Severson, Rose, Mrs. Ancich, and Jimmie Williams really care about their students. Students are respectful, polite, eager learners ready to meet any challenge. However I question the test scores. I have also seen better relationships with principals. Mrs. Lay does not seem to have the support of her staff at Point Defiance. If not for the staff I would take my child elsewhere. Parent involvement used to be much higher prior to Mrs. Lay's arrival.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2003
Very nice staff. Rose is a great person. She always has a smile on her face. Same with everyone in the office. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a community member

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Point Defiance
4330 North Visscher St, Tacoma, WA  98407
(253) 571-6900
Last modified Point Defiance is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Point Defiance Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top