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December, 2023

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

The Federal Way Public Academy (FWPA) staff and I would like you to join us at our annual 
“Information Night”

to explore the challenging educational option our school has to offer.

FWPA is a school in the Federal Way Public School District which provides students a rigorous and 
challenging academic program.  The school’s mission is to provide a college preparatory curriculum 
for students in grades six through ten.  We are proud of our levels of high achievement and the 
success of our students.

FWPA has been a popular choice for parents who seek a college preparatory education in a small 
school setting for their child.  Enrollment at FWPA is approximately 300.  About 60 sixth grade 
students will be selected in a random drawing, and applicants for grades 7 through 10 will be drawn 
and given a waitlist number.

It is with great enthusiasm that we invite you and your family to join us at

Federal Way Public Academy’s

Information Night

34620 9th  Ave S, Federal Way, WA  98003 Tuesday, January 9, 2024

6:00 – 7:00 pm

You will have the opportunity to hear from some of the staff, students and parents.  The 6th  grade 
teachers will talk about what to expect in 6th grade, and students and parents will talk about 
their own perspectives of what our school is all about.

Information about how to apply for Fall 2024 placement at FWPA will be available at the event. 
Additional details about the Choice Enrollment program and the online application can be found on 
the district website at and you can learn more about Public Academy by visiting The choice application window is from February 1 through March 15, followed by 
the lottery drawing held on April 17 at the ESC.  It is important to note that if selected into the 
choice program, parents must provide transportation. Our school hours are 8:30am to 3:00pm.

We encourage you to attend our Information Night event before applying to see if FWPA is a good fit 
for your child.  We look forward to answering your questions!


Laurie Thornton Principal

Federal  Way  Public  Academy  |  Sapere Aude – Dare to be Wise

34620 9th Ave S, Federal Way, WA  98003| 253-945-3270 | fx 253-945-3399|


Enrolling into Federal Way Public Academy (FWPA) follows a different route than the other schools in Federal Way.  We are not a ‘boundary’ school, we are a ‘Choice Enrollment’ school.  Families interested in having their child attend FWPA will submit their online application during the Choice Application window, usually running from February 1st to March 15th.  Families who reside in the Federal Way School District boundaries and permanent employees of the Federal Way Public Schools district can apply during this window. In April the district holds a Lottery drawing for all applicants to determine who is accepted and who is placed on the waitlist.   If you live outside the boundaries, you can apply during the Post-Lottery window starting in May.

More information can be found here at the district website:

Look at the tabs under Choice Information for Timeline, Rules & Regulations, Placement Priorities FAQ and more.