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Excellence in Education

Auburn School District

Auburn School District is renown for providing quality educational programs to all students by well-trained, highly educated staff. The district and the communities it serves work together to ensure the continuation of these high standards of service. The district encompasses a 62-mile area bridging two counties, King and Pierce. Auburn School District serves approximately 70,500 residents in Auburn, Algona, Pacific, Lake Tapps, and unincorporated areas of King County.

Auburn School District is committed to providing its 14,085 students with a relevant education. By extending the school day for primary students, the district has provided opportunities for increased learning. Middle-school students benefit from the teaming approach in teaching. The district provides comprehensive course offerings of advanced placement, honors, career and technical education, and basic skills classes for high school students. 

The consistency of providing effective educational programs is the trademark of the district. As Auburnís student population becomes more diverse and the standards of student achievement become more rigorous, the district continues to deliver an individualized, relevant education for all students.

The districtís 890 certificated staff members receive student-focused training to enrich their instructional skills. Auburn School District has historically been committed to low class sizes and has had great success in recruiting the most competent teachers to its classrooms. The 770 classified staff members provide tremendous support for the instructional program as well as student transportation, school safety, child nutrition, and maintenance.   

The Auburn School District has three comprehensive high schools (grades 9-12), one alternative high school (grades 9-12), four middle schools (grades 6-8), and 12 elementary schools (grades K-5). Auburn Mountainview, Auburnís newest comprehensive high school, opened on schedule in the fall of 2005. In 2005, the community approved bonds to build two new elementary schools, Lakeland Hills Elementary School, which will open in the Lakeland area in the fall of 2006 and another school that will open on Lea Hill in the fall of 2007. In February 2006, the community also approved a replacement educational and operations levy that will ensure the continuation of excellent programs and services to local student. 

Private Schools

Auburn has several excellent private schools including the Buena Vista Seventh-Day Adventist Elementary School and Auburn Adventist Academy, Holy Family Catholic School, Valley Christian School, and Green River Montessori School.

Green River Community College

Green River Community College has been preparing students for university transfer and training students for the workforce since 1965.  The college is committed to improving lives through quality education and training programs. Green Riverís workforce of approximately 700 dedicated educators and staff recognize that student success is the collegeís highest priority.       

Located on Auburnís Lea Hill, Green River is well-known for highly regarded programs such as teacher training, aviation, automotive technology, broadcasting, math, and science.  The college offers more than 40 professional technical training programs that prepare students for real jobs with real wages.  In addition, Green River has a strong university transfer program and the collegeís Associate in Arts Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) allows students to transfer in with junior status to the majority of 4-year colleges and universities in the state. 

The college also has a large program in Adult Basic Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages.  Many of these classes are offered at the collegeís downtown Auburn Center, which is located at 110 2nd Ave. SW.  More than just credit classes, Green River has a wide variety of non-credit and personal enrichment classes that appeal to all age groups and interests.

Most appealing to first-time visitors is Green Riverís unique campus environment.  The campus sits on 186 acres of forested property above the Green River.  New buildings mix with original architecture from the mid 1960s.  The Marv Nelson Science Learning Center, Technology Center, Bleha Center for the Performing Arts, and Kennelly Commons are some of the latest building projects on-campus.

More information on Green River Community College can be found at www.greenriver.edu or by calling 253-833-9111.

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