Day 41 of 365 Things To Do Around Gig Harbor: Appreciate Our Teachers

Day 41: Appreciate your teachers! Whether it’s an apple, a gift card or just a “thank you for all that you do!”, be sure to take the time today or tomorrow to thank teachers for making our Gig Harbor community a better place to live.

When families are looking for a place to call home, they consider the community. A large part of the community is the school district. The key to a good school district: Strong, active community members (parents, teachers and students) that recognize the importance of a good education and support that effort 100%. “It takes a village.”

Gig Harbor’s School district, The Peninsula School district, performs consistently above the state average on standardized test including the infamous WASL and SAT.

This is a great website: Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction . Here is a link to compare schools within districts or outside districts. It is just one tool and as we know, test scores are just one piece of the puzzle. So, they also offer up other valuable statistics.

(Gig Harbor Test Scores compared to other schools/districts

The Peninsula School District is comprised of fifteen schools and a total of 9,222 students.  Geographically, it covers a 120 square-mile area on two peninsulas. The Peninsula School District is considered one of the strongest and most innovative districts in the State of Washington.

Fast Facts

  • There are 64 National Board Certified teachers in the district (with 17 currently going through the process).
  • Our students have performed consistently above the state averages on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) in reading, writing and mathematics at all grade levels.
  • Our SAT scores in reading and mathematics are consistently higher than national averages.
  • 73% of our teachers have a master’s degree or higher. We currently have eight teachers/PEA members who hold doctorate degrees.

About Tom Tuttle

A licensed real estate agent practicing in the Pierce County area for the last 10 years. I pride myself on repeat/referral business and a level of customer service unparalled in the industry. Prior to real estate, I taught middle school Language Arts for 10 years in the Tacoma School District. I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a masters degree in Educational Technology. I thank you for taking the time to read my blog! Click or call: 253-686-3992
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