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SAMi – Tacoma’s High School at Point Defiance Park

Tacoma’s Science and Math Institute is a unique high school situated in Point Defiance Park, one the largest city parks in the nation. The school, founded in 2009, focuses on four principles: community, empathy, balance and thinking.

The SAMI Adventure from Casey Madison on Vimeo.

Science and Math Institute (Tacoma)

Tacoma Science and Math Institute (also known as SAMi), is a public high school in the Tacoma Public Schools district. It is located in Metro Parks Tacoma in Tacoma, Washington. The school offers an integrated inquiry-based curriculum for students in grades 9-12 that combines the arts, science, math, and environmental and marine studies. It operates in partnership with local science organizations, including Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and local universities.[2] SAMI also operates in partnership with other local schools, including Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA).”

Located at Point Defiance Park, SAMI students study amidst more than 702 acres of natural old growth forests, saltwater beaches, and spectacular views, with endless possibilities for recreation, hands-on learning, and science and math education. Students take classes at the marine center, zoo, and aquarium as part of their normal schedule, as well as in classrooms and labs built in and around the natural forest and marine facilities.

InTec School of Spokane Washington: A former Army Center like Fort Lawton.

“Here is what our students are saying about their time here at InTec: “It is a wonderful learning environment,” “I love the creativity and how you can change an idea to make it your own,” “I like how we don’t sit in a classroom . . . we actually do stuff,” “It really helps you with your education. It’s very one-on-one,” “It’s independent and you get a different learning experience,” “I like hands on work, so it’s perfect for me.””

Spokane chose to create a high school at a former Army Reserve Center.

Will Seattle rise to the occasion and create one too?

Spokane Army Center Gets New Life: As a School

The former Walker Army Reserve Center is loaded with options for the East Valley School District.

The reserve center closed and was declared surplus by the Defense Department in 2007 when a $31 million Armed Forces Reserve Center was built at Fairchild Air Force Base.


There are two major pressures on capacity available in our school buildings:

Our goal is for the task force to include parent/guardian, family, and community members who represent the diversity of Seattle Public Schools and who can provide valuable insight and perspective regarding the future of facilities for the students of Seattle Public Schools.

East Valley School District readies tech plans for former Army center – from The Spokane Journal

“East Valley School District could take control of the former Walker U.S. Army Reserve Center, located at 3830 N. Sullivan, by June or earlier, based on an estimated timetable of a governmental process to transfer the surplus property.

Because of the plan we submitted, the department of education is willing to give us a 100 percent public benefit conveyance, which means no cost to the district. But it placed limitations on how we would use the property.

In the seven years since effectively it’s been surplused by the Army, there’s been some water damage. The Army has gone in and fixed that. We’ll have to do a pretty rigorous examination of what the condition of the building is”

Don’t shoehorn ‘downtown school’ into Seattle Center – from The Seattle Times (06/07/2017)

‘As Washington begins a historic era of school construction and investment, Seattle and other cities must prioritize land for these essential buildings. Squeezing a “downtown school’ onto a small lot by Seattle Center is a poor start.

Seattle has these needs, plus thousands of new students expected to arrive in the next few years at schools that are now overcrowded.

Murray’s education plan says nothing about new schools, and his land-use plan says little about siting them.

My biggest objection, though, is that Seattle has a far better site in the service area that it’s offering to developers — the former Army Reserve training center by Discovery Park in Magnolia. The 29 acres are perfect for a school, but City Hall would prefer to see a smorgasbord of 200 housing units.”

K-5 Resident Density Map

This density is increasing, the city’s growth is not slowing down. The city expects to grow by 120,000… we must be forward thinking about school planning and adequate infrastructure. If overcrowding and capacity issues are not addressed, the problems would reasonably expand to teachers, strikes can affect the district, and we will all regret our missed opportunities.

BHS to add four portables to cope with growing student population

“According to the BHS Talisman, the population will rise from 1,818 to 1,904 for the 2017-18 school year, meaning the school will be outgrowing its current campus. Two of the portable classrooms will be placed on the north end of the school, with the other two likely installed outside the commons, where an astroturf planter is currently located. Funding for the portables will come from the Seattle School District.”