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Watch the 2021-22 Silas Information Night recording to learn more about Silas High School. This recording includes introductions from school leaders and staff, academics, our school culture, athletics, unique programs we offer, and information about the choice enrollment process.

Freshman Jump Start August 15-16

Join us from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for an exciting two-day summer program to help incoming 9th graders students feel comfortable, confident, and ready for the transition to high school. This is an opportunity for students to receive help finding classrooms, opening lockers, navigating the cafeteria, and they'll meet classmates and teachers.

  • Students are automatically enrolled in Jump Start when they enroll in high school
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all students

Transportation to and from Jump Start is available. 

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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.

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New Student Enrollment

Enroll a new student in Tacoma Public Schools by completing our online registration process in English or Spanish.

First time users will need to create an account in PowerSchool.

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Dr. Dolores Silas and Principal Ray unveil Silas High School signage
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By The Numbers






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Years Silas has been recognized as a School of Distinction  



Rate of Students Accepted to Next Institution 


Why Silas

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Silas High School staff, students and families create a school environment where all students have the opportunity to exhibit high standards of achievement and critical thinking skills, social responsibility and community contributions. Renovated most recently in 2017, Silas provides students with state-of-the-art classrooms and science labs, library, business education classes, an expanded athletic complex, a Career Center, and guidance and administrative offices. Silas is one of very few high schools in the country with a fully equipped glass blowing hot shop. The JROTC program is also recognized as one of the most awarded in the area. Silas won the School of Distinction Award seven years in a row, something that no other high school in Washington has accomplished. This honor is based on outstanding improvements in graduation rates. Now that graduation rates are where they should be, the focus is on equity — specifically on closing the opportunity gap with students of color and students with disabilities in accelerated classes and test scores.

Programs at Silas



Clubs & Activities


Rams in Action

Unveiling Silas High School

College Access Programs

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Silas High School building

Dr. Dolores Silas High School, formerly named Wilson High School, was built in 1958. In September 2006, a new addition was built which contains state-of-the-art classrooms and science labs, the library, our business education classes, an expanded Associated Student Body complex, the Career Center, and Guidance and administrative offices. Phase two of the construction was completed in the fall of 2017. The gymnasium and pool were also remodeled. New construction is ongoing for the performing arts and 400/500 wing. A new building houses Culinary Arts, the Autism program, and the Math department.  Silas is one of very few high schools in the country with a fully equipped glass blowing hot shop.