Enroll at Birney
Birney Enrollment Information Night, Wednesday, March 8
Join us on Wednesday, March 8 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. to learn more about Birney Elementary. This event will include introductions from school leaders and staff, academics, our school culture, unique programs we offer, and information about the choice enrollment process.
Enroll in your neighborhood school anytime during the school year.
Choice Enrollment for Grades 1-12
Apply to attend a school other than your neighborhood school for the 2022-2023 school year. The application window open October 25, 2021 and close January 21, 2022.
Birney is home to three Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs (DHH) for Preschool to fifth grade. There is a Pre-school through fifth-grade program that provides students with dual-language (American Sign Language and English) instruction. There is also a Listening and Spoken Language preschool focusing on oral English development. In addition, Birney offers a special education program and HeadStart preschool. Teachers emphasize Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) to build a learning environment that teaches and rewards positive interactions. Birney recognizes that all students need to feel safe and supported to succeed academically. Research-based instruction is at the heart of classroom teachings with a fully implemented workshop model for English Language Arts and Math Studio practices.
Choice Enrollment 2023-2024 School Year
We recommend families start by checking out their neighborhood school. If your neighborhood school isn't the best fit, you can apply to attend another school in Tacoma Public Schools through our choice enrollment process.
Kindergarten: Choice Enrollment closes on March 17, 2023.
Grades 1-12: Choice Enrollment closes on February 3, 2023.
New Student Enrollment
Families new to Tacoma Public Schools need to complete an online enrollment packet.
New Student Application
Kindergarten Jump Start August 22-24, 2023
Students will meet their teachers, classmates, and get ready for the first day of school!
Family Guide to Kindergarten Readiness
Help prepare your child for kindergarten by exploring tips and videos for reading readiness, math readiness, social and emotional readiness, and language readiness on the Tacoma Public Schools website.