An In-School Program for Pregnant Teens & Young Parents

Program Goals for students:

  • Remain in school through graduation.
  • Attain Industry Recognized Certifications including: Washington Food Workers Card, Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, Bloodborne Pathogen Certification, and STARS Certification.
  • Learn practical parenting and human development skills.
  • Gain orientation to employment.
  • Set goals toward balancing work and family


Samantha Tate
GRADS Coordinator & Instructor
Email: state@tacoma.k12.wa.us
Phone: 253-571-5124


What is the GRADS Program?

GRADS is an in-school, secondary program for pregnant students and young parents (male and female). GRADS courses focus on knowledge and skills related to:

Positive Self

  • Self Formation
  • Communications
  • Relationships
  • Practical Problem Solving
  • Options and Decisions


  • Wellness
  • Maternal and Fetal Development
  • Costs of Parenthood
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Postnatal Care


  • Newborn Expectations
  • Adjustments to Parenting
  • Child Development
  • Child-Care
  • Child Abuse and Neglect

Economic Independence

  • Career Exploration
  • Goal Setting
  • Child Care Options
  • Job Search and Application
  • Balance in Dual-Role as Parent and Wage Earner
  • Employability Economic Resources

Why Attend GRADS at Oakland High School?

  • There is a lack of stigmatization toward pregnant and teen moms and dads at school by administrators, teachers, and peer students.
  • There are lenient policies that allow for excused absences for prenatal and postnatal healthcare appointments in order for teen parents to successfully complete their education.
  • Students can receive academic support while out of school leading up to or following the birth of the child.
  • Students can receive assistance juggling schoolwork with parenting responsibilities.
  • Students can receive access to affordable quality child care and transportation to and from the child care arrangement and school.
  • Students can receive assistance in preparing a post-secondary education plan for after high school.
  • Students can receive access to a variety of resources to support teen parents to complete high school.

Samantha Tate
GRADS Coordinator & Instructor
Email: state@tacoma.k12.wa.us
Phone: 253-571-5124

Clarisa Fellenz
Tacoma Public Schools
Oakland High School
3319 South Adams St
Tacoma, WA 98409
Center Director
Cottesmore Child Development
Email: cfellen@tacoma.k12.wa.us
Phone: 253-571-5119