About Us

Franklin Pierce School District was established in 1949 and has a history of forward thinking that helps to make our district one of the most innovative districts in the county. Our 1,000 employees proudly serve 7,500 students from preschool to grade 12 in a variety of settings including an early learning center, eight elementaries, two middle schools, two traditional high schools, and two alternative school programs. Over 60 of our teachers are National Board Certified. 65 percent of our teachers hold a master’s degree of higher. Two of our principals were recently recognized as principals of the year. Five district administrators have recently served as presidents of their respective professional associations, and one served as president of their national association.

The District strives to meet the learning needs of all students, to prepare our students for success beyond high school, to provide safe and caring schools that promote learning and to increase family and community involvement. We work hard to create programs to help improve the learning of all of our students. Our comprehensive curriculum focuses on basic skills, challenging college preparatory classes, elective subjects and vocational/technical programs. Our foundation in academics is producing some strong results. In 2013, Washington High School’s on-time graduation rate was 87%, and Franklin Pierce High School’s was 93%.

Franklin Pierce School District is located in south Pierce County between majestic Mount Rainier and the Pacific Ocean. We are fortunate to be located in a county that has many things to offer: well-respected institutions of higher learning like Pacific Lutheran University, University of Washington-Tacoma Branch, University of Puget Sound and City University, as well as numerous community colleges and vocational-technical colleges. World-renowned museums like the Glass Museum, Washington State Historical Museum, and Lemay Family – America’s Car Museum. A variety of fine dining experiences, churches of many denominations, and quality hospitals are just minutes away from the District.


Our community has a strong history of supporting our district’s local funding measures to help maintain and renovate schools, provide instructional technology, and provide additional staffing to support student learning at all levels. We also benefit from community and business partnerships including, but not limited to, Rotary, Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, community coalitions, community associations, and a wide variety of businesses that serve our community.