Category Archives: Education


Wanted: Friendly families to host international students


Pierce College is seeking caring, English-speaking families to host international students who have traveled from around the world to attend classes and experience American culture.

Families wishing to be hosts must begin the application process immediately.

homestay_2799-300x213Students have basic to advanced English language skills and take classes at both Puyallup and Fort Steilacoom campuses. Most students are college-age but may be older or younger. And, while students may come from all over the globe, most are from Asia. They look to their host families to help them learn American culture.

“Hosting is a life-changing experience for the host and the student,” said George Scheffe, Pierce College international housing manager. “You, the host, can help influence and shape the destiny of a student, simply by sharing life together. The student will enrich and change your world view of their country and ours.”

Host families should live within a 45-minute public bus ride, with no more than one transfer, to the Fort Steilacoom or Puyallup campus.

Students pay hosts $600 a month to offset expenses. In exchange, host families provide each student:
– A private, furnished room, including a bed, bedding, desk, lamp, closet or drawer space;
– Three meals a day, including a home-prepared dinner that the host eats with the student;
– Use of a washer and dryer; and
– A friendly welcoming atmosphere.

Family members must also pass a background check, arrange for a home visit, provide a list of references and attend an orientation session.

“We welcome you to become a part of our international community,” Scheffe said.

To learn more, call George Scheffe at (253) 964-6593 or email

Annie Wright Schools Offers Scholarships to Boys & Girls Entering 1st, 3rd Grades


Annie Wright Schools are offering scholarships to new boys and girls who enroll in Grades 1 or 3 for Fall 2016. Interested families can contact Day School Admissions Director Joy Phelps for more information at 253.284.8602 or visit

Learn more about Grades 1 & 3 at

Learn more about Grades 1 & 3 at

Annie Wright Schools celebrates record enrollment this year with many classes already full for Fall 2016. Re-enrollment has remained strong over the last several years. Current families say they are staying because they love the International Baccalaureate curriculum, program and community provided by Annie Wright Schools.Annie Wright Schools are two schools on one campus. Annie Wright Day School serves boys and girls in Preschool through Grade 8, while Annie Wright Upper School offers all-girls day and boarding programs for Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.

Founded in 1884, Annie Wright Schools are nestled in the beautiful North End neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington. Our historic campus includes an indoor pool, two gyms, science and technology labs, art and music studios, theater, outdoor gardens, play areas, athletic fields and open spaces.

Open Doors program provides path for all students to achieve success


LAKEWOOD – A new Clover Park School District re-engagement program is having a big impact on students who didn’t succeed in a traditional class setting. The Open Doors program – co-located at Clover Park High School – is for students aged 16-21 who are credit deficient and provides flexible learning opportunities in a classroom or online.

Senior Zach Milligan was on the verge of being homeless before joining the Open Doors program. The program connected him with partner resources and he now has a steady place to live and can learn at a pace that fits his schedule.

Senior Zach Milligan meets with supervisor of secondary initiatives Jennifer Clement to discuss his academic progress. Milligan is part of the Clover Park School District’s Open Doors re-engagement program.

Senior Zach Milligan meets with supervisor of secondary initiatives Jennifer Clement to discuss his academic progress. Milligan is part of the Clover Park School District’s Open Doors re-engagement program.

“This program helped me settle down so I can come here and learn,” said Milligan. “The flexibility of the program allows me to learn at my own pace.”

Milligan has enlisted in the U.S. Navy and will join the Navy once he receives his diploma, which he’s expecting to earn in June.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Carrington has also benefitted from the Open Doors program and plans to graduate this year. He took some time off from school for personal reasons.

“This program is the best thing that’s happened to me for a while and it’s helped me to get my life back on track,” said Carrington. “I’d like to be a paramedic or firefighter so I can help people and make a difference.”

When Open Doors started this school year, there were fewer than 20 students enrolled. Now, more than 140 students are enrolled in the program. Students can attend class with instruction that includes computer-based and teacher-led curriculum in the morning, afternoon or all day depending on their work or home life. The district also provides an online-only option through Graduation Alliance for students who can’t attend class in person. All students meet weekly with a counselor who checks in with them to see how they’re doing.

“We meet them wherever they’re at in life and counsel them on their best learning options,” said Jennifer Clement, supervisor of secondary initiatives. “Whether it’s in person or online, we want to make sure each student has a chance to graduate when they’re finished.”

The program is funded through Washington’s 1418 Open Doors legislation, which assists districts with providing flexible and individualized educational opportunities for youth who have faced challenges being successful in traditional school environments.


Clover Park School District’s (CPSD) secondary schools have received the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) Career Guidance Award of Excellence for the second straight year. In addition to individual schools being recognized, CPSD was one of three districts statewide recognized as having a cohesive, districtwide program. The award recognizes schools that operate highly effective and inclusive guidance and counseling programs. CPSD’s secondary schools, Clover Park and Lakes High Schools, Harrison Preparatory School and Hudtloff, Lochburn, Mann and Woodbrook Middle Schools, received awards. Only 34 schools throughout the state were recognized with this award.

“The mission of Clover Park School District is to teach each child what he or she needs to know to succeed and contribute to the community,” said Brian Laubach, CPSD’s deputy superintendent. “The High School and Beyond Plan and comprehensive career guidance program are foundational to this mission. The High School and Beyond Plan helps students plan for and succeed at the next stage of their lives.”