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Score an Excellent Education in Puyallup and Sumner, WA

Local students enjoy access to incredible education opportunities throughout the region.

By Kevin Litwin on March 15, 2023

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Here are some facts and stats on the several excellent academic options available to young people (and their parents) in the Puyallup/Sumner region:

The Schools in Puyallup and Sumner

All Saints Catholic School

Students: 18 months to eighth grade

Who they serve: Located in the Puyallup Valley, it draws students from several surrounding parishes.

Did you know? Students receive a Chromebook that allows technology to play a key role in their education.

Cascade Christian Schools

Students: Infants through 12thgrade

Enrollment: About 1,500 students

District: There are five Cascade Christian campuses that serve families in all sections of Pierce County.

Did you know? Founded in 1991, CCS is incorporated and classified as an independent, interdenominational school district.

Puyallup School District

Students: Kindergarten through 12th grade

Enrollment: 22,500

District: 22 elementary schools, seven junior high schools, three high schools and an alternative school

Staff: More than 2,000 full-time employees and about 500 substitute personnel

Superintendent: Dr. John Polm

Did you know? The district was organized in 1854, becoming the third school district formed in Washington.

Sumner-Bonney Lake School District

Students: Kindergarten through 12th grade

Enrollment: More than 10,000

District: Serves Sumner, Bonney Lake and Edgewood as well as unincorporated areas of east Pierce County

Superintendent: Dr. Laurie Dent took office in July 2016 and has served the district since 1998.

Did you know? Dent is also a two-time Boston Marathon finisher.

Northwest Christian School

Students: Preschool through eighth grade

Who they serve: Students who attend NCS hail from throughout Pierce County along with several surrounding communities.

Did you know? Northwest Christian is a member of the worldwide system of Seventh-day Adventist education, which has served Puyallup Valley for more than 60 years.

The Colleges in Puyallup and the Region

Clover Park Technical College

Where: The main campus is in Lakewood, but Clover Park has a smaller campus at Thun Field in Puyallup for students interested in aviation training.

What: Community college

Enrollment: 3,500 full-time students and 18,000 part-time students

Did you know? Areas of study offered are aerospace & advanced manufacturing, science, technology & engineering and more.

Pierce College Puyallup

Where: Two main campuses in Puyallup and Lakewood

What: Community college that also offers several dual-credit classes to high school seniors

Enrollment: About 17,000 students

Did you know? Its sports teams are the Raiders.

University of Puget Sound

Where: Tacoma, 10 miles northwest of Puyallup/Sumner

What: A liberal arts university

Enrollment: 1,200 students

Did you know? The scenic campus is made up primarily of Tudor-Gothic brick buildings.

University of Washington Tacoma

Where: Overlooks the Port of Tacoma and Mount Rainier

What: A permanent campus of the University of Washington system that offers 35 undergraduate majors and 12 graduate programs

Enrollment: 5,040 students

Did you know? On-campus housing is available for up to 290 students.

Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center

Where: Puyallup

What: An ag-based campus with 6 acres of certified organic farmland

Enrollment: 12 graduate students

Did you know? The university’s research recently resulted in a new red raspberry variety called Cascade Premier that took more than 10 years to perfect.

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