public charter school
Tukwila, WA 98168
Impact | Puget Sound Elementary is now enrolling rising kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders for 2019-2020!
Family Services: Free before and after school care, free transportation to and from school, access to a community park (Grand Opening scheduled in summer of 2018) and access to wrap around supports.
Teachers: We have a world class faculty. All teachers hold Bachelor’s degrees and valid Washington state teaching credentials. Many of our educators hold Master’s degrees.
Model: Every child is known, loved and guided by an adult mentor and a personalized learning plan, 1:1 student to laptop ratio, project based learning, and arts enrichment in a safe, focused school environment that balances high expectations with joy.
Uniforms: Uniforms and a Dress Code help maintain a school culture of unity and academic excellence. Our students wear uniforms to make it easier for families, avoid the inevitable distractions and status distinctions caused by clothing and ensure that our students are focused on learning. IPS will provide every family with at least one uniform.
Founding School Leaders
Carissa is a Washington state native who passionately believes in every child's right to an excellent education. She has served as a gap-closing elementary teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal and principal in high performing charter public schools throughout the country, including San Diego and New York. She has international experience in schools in Querétaro, Mexico and London, UK. Carissa holds an undergraduate degree from Willamette University and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Washington University. She is certified in Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development and endorsed in English as a Second Language. Throughout her career she has continued to hone her skills as an educator at Harvard Graduate School of Education Principals' Center, Relay Graduate School of Education, Building Excellent Schools: Weekend Warriors, and Professional Learning Communities at Center for Educational Innovation. She moved home to Washington state to help lead the growing charter sector, serve on Impact’s founding team, and be closer to family.
Resident School Leader
Baionne is a Washington state native. For over a decade, she has served as a teacher and leader, including serving as the Student Life & Preschool Director and Social Emotional Coordinator at a local elementary school. Prior to this, she served as an Academic Counselor and Advisor at Rainier Scholars. Baionne attended Howard University, holds a BA from the University of Washington, and a Master’s degree in education with a Special Education endorsement. She is completing her masters in educational leadership with Seattle University. She is very active in her community and enjoys spending time with her family.