Enroll at Downing

Downing Enrollment Information Night, Wednesday, March 1

Join us on Wednesday, March 1 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. to learn more about Downing 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.

Enroll A New Student Online

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.

Learn More & Apply


Why Downing

Downing student wearing mask gives thumbs up

Downing views partnerships with parents and community as key to student success. Teachers set high standards and expectations for all students and themselves. Using research and student data, teachers meet regularly to collaborate and develop lesson plans. Teacher collaboration is essential to helping every student reach their potential. Downing believes in the whole child approach to positive behavior interventions which help to create a safe and positive learning environment. Students know that being SAFE, RESPECTFUL and RESPONSIBLE are three aspects that we believe in for school and in life. Downing offers the five-day-a-week Highly Capable GATE program in grades three through five.

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.

Family Guide to Kindergarten Readiness


Apply to attend a school other than your neighborhood school

  • Entering Kindergarten Fall 2023: Application closes March 17, 2023

  • Entering Grades 1-12 Fall 2023: Application closed February 3, 2023

Submissions will not be accepted after the application closes. 

Choice Enrollment Application

New Student Enrollment­­

Families new to Tacoma Public Schools need to complete an online enrollment packet.

New Student Application