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2112 S Tyler St

Tacoma, WA 98405

(253) 571-7300

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Grades: 9 - 12

School Type: Public

Student Enrollment: 1,151

Students Per Teacher: 23

Parent Reviews

13 Parent Reviews for Foss

A very nice caring wonderful school where every teacher cares about your well being and the counslers know your name and the principle is always there and so is the vice.

Posted by a student on 09/17/13

Our school was named after Henry O. Foss. He was an elected official, businessman and civic leader. Our school was built in 1973 and in 1982, Foss became the first school in Washington State to introduce the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. This program is one of great standards as well as ...  Read more

Posted by a student on 08/08/13

Foss has great teachers who work really hard to make a positive learning experience for the students.

Posted by a parent on 10/16/10

I came to Foss from Curtis high school, and I have to say, I was quite impressed. I had a wonder time there, and the teachers are amazing. A lot of diversity, which helped me a lot, and fairness in grades as well.

Posted by a student on 03/22/08

Foss is a large, diverse urban school with students from all backgrounds, economic status, ethnicity, country of birth, and academic ability. Teachers are committed and caring. When our son was struggling, every one of his teachers and his counselor came to a 7 a.m. conference with us to talk about ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 03/07/06

A very nice school, with great acedemics, but the students aren't the greatest, and there are many students in gangs.Parents are not very involved, but this school has many elective class choices.

Posted by a parent on 01/04/06

I think Foss is the best school in the surrounding area hands down (including all the private schools). Although the school has had some problems with student-administration relationships, I have throughly enjoyed my time here. I agree that the gates grant has overall lowered attention on certain aspects ...  Read more

Posted by a student on 10/17/04

I would like to say that the quality of Foss has greatly gone down. My son graduated in 2001 and he loved it. The people were great and Mr. Lange was the greatest. My daughter is a junior and she despises Foss. The principal is never there, her counselor doesn't even know her name and she has been ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 02/18/04

I think one of the best decisions I have ever made was to enroll my daughter in Foss. The Academic Standards set by the staff are wonderful. We also have completely enjoyed the Girls Basketball Program. The coaches are some of the best I have ever seen. They set the stakes and expectations high. Thank ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 02/14/04

Foss High School has good students and bad faculty. The principal and the staff needs to concentrate on the students and curriculum more than the construction of the building and meeting with each other. Quit talking and let's see some action being made.

Posted by a student on 01/22/04

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Test scores for Foss

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Test Year: 2012
Tacoma School District
* In 2011-2012 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

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Tacoma schools — Foss is located at 2112 S Tyler St, Tacoma WA 98405. 2112 S Tyler St is in the 98405 ZIP code in Tacoma, WA The school district for Foss is the Tacoma School District. Foss is a Public school that serves grade levels 9 - 12.
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