Tacoma Flex

Tacoma Public Schools high school students can increase the flexibility in their schedule by taking some classes online through Tacoma Flex. The rest of their classes would be taken in person at their high school.

Students can take up to two online courses at the beginning and/or end of their school day. All online courses are taught by Tacoma teachers and housed in the district’s Edgenuity learning management platform.

Register to take courses

Complete the Tacoma Flex course request form to select the courses you would like to take virtually. Form submissions will be sent to your school's counselor to evaluate and schedule. Students and families should check their email regularly for updates. When FLEX courses are scheduled, students will receive instructions through their TPS email account.

Enrollment Request 

Tacoma Flex accepts all enrollments through a personalized approach that collaboratively explores each unique circumstance in partnership with their parent/guardian and enrolled school. Please complete the course request form and your school counselor will contact you to let you know about your enrollment request. 

complete Tacoma FLEX Course Request form

Why choose Tacoma Flex?

Tacoma Flex is an ideal opportunity for students who have jobs or family commitments that the traditional in-person school schedule does not allow for. It also gives the flexibility to offer courses that may not be accessible in existing schedules. There is a growing body of research that suggests that teenagers' health benefits from a later in-person start time to school - consider taking FLEX courses in the morning! Please note:

  • Parental consent is required to participate.
  • Alternative school bus transportation is not provided for students who opt to participate, although they will receive ORCA cards to access public transportation.

Is Tacoma Flex right for you?

Do the items below describe you? If so, Tacoma Flex could be a good fit! Talk with your parent or guardian and look at the course offerings below to help make your decision. If you'd like to learn more or have questions, please email tacomaflex@tacoma.k12.wa.us.

  • I work well independently.
  • I can set a schedule and complete my work.
  • I can learn in an online setting and use email and Microsoft Teams to communicate.
  • I can ask for help when I need it.

How many classes can I take with Tacoma Flex?

  • Students at Foss, Lincoln, Mount Tahoma, Oakland, Silas and Stadium high schools can take up to two Flex classes if they don't cause a break in their in-person schedule. 
  • Students at SOTA, SAMi and iDEA can take one period of early dismissal or one period of late arrival per day. They can take up to two total periods of Tacoma Flex classes.

Explore our course offerings

A Note About AP Courses
Please note that all Flex AP students will take the AP exam in May through the Flex program and not at their home school. Students wanting to take AP courses through Flex should enroll in the full year through Flex. Students will only be able to transfer an AP course to Flex mid-year if they earned a C or better in the A section of the course at their in-person school. 

English Language Arts

  • English Language Arts 1,2,3 & 4
  • AP Language/Composition
  • AP Literature/Composition

Mathematics

  • Algebra 1 and 2
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Trigonometry/Statistics
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Statistics
  • Geometry
  • Financial Algebra

World Languages

  • Spanish 1,2 & 3
  • Spanish Heritage
  • AP Spanish Language/Culture
  • American Sign Language 1,2 & 3

Social Studies

  • World History
  • US History
  • WA State History/Gov
  • Civics
  • Contemporary World Problems
  • AP US Gov & Politics
  • AP Human Geography

Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • Environment Field Biology
  • Forensic Science
  • Physics
  • Anatomy & Physiology

Career & Technical

  • Exploring Computer Science
  • Game Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Algebra
  • ProStart Culinary
  • American Sign Language 1, 2, & 3
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Psychology

Electives

  • Drawing 1,2
  • Art History
  • Music Appreciation 1/2
  • Health
  • Lifetime Sports
  • Physical Education A
  • Physical Education B

Learn More

If you'd like to learn more or have questions, please email tacomaflex@tacoma.k12.wa.us.

Student talks about benefits of Tacoma Flex

I choose to use Tacoma Flex to help me take part of my classes online because I value my time highly and have other obligations outside of being a student and caring for my younger sibling. I am grateful for the chance to take some of my classes online because I am also preparing for the CNA exam. I'm glad that after totally committing to this program, the word ‘regret’ never crossed my mind.”

- Jaeda, Lincoln High School student

Learn More

If you'd like to learn more or have questions, please email tacomaflex@tacoma.k12.wa.us.