The recent announcement by Tacoma School Superintendent Art Jarvis of his desire to close Foss High School would on the surface seem to be a problem affecting only those at Foss High School. This decision will affect all of the high schools.
Every parent with a child in a Tacoma high school needs to get involved. The four remaining schools will receive the Foss students if Jarvis gets his way. This will lead to overcrowding. As student population expands, so do the problems. Safety becomes a concern. Quality of the education suffers.
What about the upperclassmen? How do former school rivals come together in a cohesive unit? What about the bonds that have been formed between the students at Foss? What about those Foss students who have accepted the challenge to take on the most rigorous academic program the Tacoma School District has to offer? Where does this leave them?
Our family chose to pass on Stadium, our assigned school, to send our children to Foss, the district’s only International Baccalaureate Diploma School.
We are the proud parents of three Foss graduates. We will do everything in our power to have the last Medina graduate from Foss in 2012.