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Federal Way Public Schools
Federal Way, Washington
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District Profile
Superintendent:Rob Neu
Graduation rate:73.7%
Number of schools:37
Budget: $213.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Tony Moore
Board members:5
Term length:4
Federal Way Public Schools is a school district in Washington that served 21,347 K-12 students during the 2012-13 school year. The district is the eighth largest in the state by enrollment.[1] Federal Way Public Schools has operated since opening its first school in 1929.[2]

About the district

Federal Way Public Schools is located in King County, Washington
Federal Way Public Schools is located in the City of Federal Way in King County, Washington. The population of Federal Way was 89,306 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


Federal Way lagged behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (25.4%) fell below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Federal Way's median income at $55,846 while the state median income was $58,890. Federal Way had a poverty rate of 15.4% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Federal Way (%) Washington (%)
White 57.5 77.3
Black or African American 9.7 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 1.5
Asian 14.2 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 2.7 0.6
Two or More Races 6.6 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 16.2 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 68.7 28.3
2008 70.0 28.0
2004 65.0 33.7
2000 60.0 34.4

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]


The current Superintendent of Federal Way Public Schools is Rob Neu. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2010. Neu previously served as the Superintendent of Waterford School District in Michigan for three years. On May 28, 2013, the Federal Way Board of Education approved an annual salary of $240,000 for Neu for the 2013-2014 school year.[6]

School board

The Federal Way Board of Education consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Members represent geographic districts but are selected by citywide votes. Each member can be compensated $50 per day for district matters with maximum compensation of $4,800 per year.[7]

Federal Way Board of Education
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Geoffery Z. McAnalloy 1 2013 2017
Claire Wilson 2 2011 2015
Danny Peterson 3 2011 2015
Carol Gregory 4 2013 2017
Tony Moore 5 2008 2015

School board elections

See also: Federal Way Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the School Board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013 while three seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.


The Federal Way Public School District's budget is published on its website.[8]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $174,812,368 85.4% $9,679,399 4.7% $17,369,487 8.5% $0 0% $2,921,413 1.4% $204,782,666
2012-2013 $183,048,374 85.8% $11,172,844 5.2% $17,865,235 8.4% $0 0% $1,301,547 0.6% $213,388,000
2013-2014 $191,846,514 85.5% $12,139,622 5.4% $18,914,990 8.4% $0 0% $1,562,874 0.7% $224,464,000
Averages: $183,235,752 86% $10,997,288.33 5% $18,049,904 8% $0 0% $1,928,611.33 1% $214,211,555.33

Teacher salaries

Federal Way Public Schools employed 1,239 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at 15, 30, 45, 90 and 135 quarter credits. The current schedule also creates higher starting and maximum salaries for teachers with graduate degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2012-2013 school year:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 34,237 39,002
B.A. 15 35,162 41,363
B.A. 30 36,120 43,877
B.A. 45 37,080 48,517
B.A. 90 40,161 58,014
B.A. 135 42,145 60,871
MA 41,047 58,051
MA 45 44,128 61,788
MA 90/Ph.D. 46,115 64,531


Teachers in Federal Way Public Schools are represented by the Federal Way Education Association (FWEA). The current president of the FWEA is Jason Brown.[10]

Schools in district


The district served 21,347 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 1.9% decrease in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 21,760 -
2009 21,737 -0.1
2010 21,530 -1.0
2011 21,525 -
2012 21,347 -0.8

District schools

Federal Way Public Schools operates 37 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Federal Way Public Schools
Adelaide Elementary School
Brigadoon Elementary School
Camelot Elementary School
Career Academy at Truman
Decatur High School
Enterprise Elementary School
Federal Way High School
Federal Way Public Academy
Green Gables Elementary School
Illahee Middle School
Kilo Middle School
Lake Dolloff Elementary School
Lake Grove Elementary School
Lakeland Elementary School
Lakota Middle School
Mark Twain Elementary School
Meredith Hill Elementary School
Mirror Lake Elementary School
Nautilus Elementary School
Olympic View Elementary School
Panther Lake Elementary School
Rainier View Elementary School
Sacajawea Middle School
Saghalie Middle School
Sherwood Forest Elementary School
Silver Lake Elementary School
Sequoyah Middle School
Star Lake Elementary School
Sunnycrest Elementary School
TAF Academy
Thomas Jefferson High School
Todd Beamer High School
Totem Middle School
Twin Lakes Elementary School
Valhalla Elementary School
Wildwood Elementary School
Woodmont Elementary School

Academic performance

The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction published a state report card for 2011-2012 assessing subject proficiency levels and year-to-year progress for each district. This report card relies on data from the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) and High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to determine if each district meets Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) goals in reading and math. The goal for each district is to meet proficiency goals at all grade levels and student demographics by the 2013-2014 school year.

Federal Way Public Schools met the state goal of 95% participation across all grade levels. The district did not meet AYP goals for reading at the elementary school level and failed to meet AYP math and reading scores among middle school students.[12]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 63.3 61.4
4 67.1 51.6
5 70.8 67.5
6 67.9 52.7
7 67.3 56.1
8 68.1 52.1
10 76.9 -

Adequate Yearly Progress

AYP Achievement, 2011-2012
Grade Meet Reading AYP? Meet Math AYP?
Elementary School No Yes
Middle School No No
High School Yes Yes

Contact information

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Federal Way Board of Education
33330 8th Avenue South
Federal Way, WA 98003
Phone: (253)945-2003

Website evaluation

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Background Checks

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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Washington school district websites

Last rated on May 15, 2012.

The good

  • Administrative Officials
    • Officials are listed with contact information.[13]]</ref>
  • Elected Officials
    • Board members are listed with contact information.[7]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting dates, agendas, minutes, and video are posted.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Collective bargaining agreements and salary schedules are available.[9]
  • Public Records
    • Public records policy is posted.[14]
  • Taxes
    • Tax levy information is posted.[15]
  • Academics
    • Academic performance is noted.[16]
  • Background Checks
    • Background check policy is provided.[17]

The bad

  • Contracts
    • Vendor contracts and bids are not posted.
  • Public Records
    • Request form and contact information not available.
  • Audits
    • Audits are not posted.
  • Budget
    • Budgets are not available.

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