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About Our District

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School Board

The district is governed by a five-member school board, each elected to a four-year term:

  • Kathy Mulkerin, Position #1 (Term Expires – 2025)
  • Terri Trick, Vice President, Position #2 (Term Expires – 2025)  
  • Ruth Ladderud, President, Position #3 (Term Expires – 2027)
  • Alayna Brinton, Position #4 (Term Expires - 2027)
  • Derek Sarley, Position #5 (Term Expires – 2027)

Student Representatives to the School Board

  • Hailey Thrall
  • Eva Maxwell

Learn more about our School Board >

Organizational Chart

District Staffing 

Based on 2022-2023 School Year Data:

  • Certificated Administrators - 28
  • Classified Administrators - 10
  • Classified Staff - 375
  • Certificated Staff – 378
    • Master's Degrees - 285
  • TOTAL STAFF - 791

District Enrollment

2022-2023 School Year

(Student counts based on “Head Count”)

  • Student Total - 5464
  • Special Education Students - 856
  • Bilingual Services - 788



  • Preschool (Walla Walla Center for Children & Families) - 1
  • Elementary Schools - 5
  • Middle Schools - 2
  • High Schools - 2
  • SEATech Skills Center - 1
  • Walla Walla Online - 1 
  • Opportunity Program - 1
  • Homelink - 1


  • Walla Walla Center for Children and Families (Birth-to-Five)
  • Berney Elementary (K-5)
  • Edison Elementary (K-5)
  • Green Park Elementary (K-5)
  • Prospect Point Elementary (K-5)
  • Sharpstein Elementary (K-5)
  • Garrison Middle School (6-8)
  • Pioneer Middle School (6-8)
  • Lincoln High School (9-12)
  • Walla Walla High School (9-12)
  • SEATech Skills Center (11-12)
  • Walla Walla Online (K-12)
  • Opportunity Program
  • Homelink (K-5)

Ethnic Diversity

Data: 2022-23

  • American Indian/Alaskan Native - 1%
  • Asian - 3.2%
  • Pacific Islander - less than 1%
  • African American - 2.3%
  • Hispanic - 41.3%
  • White - 50.5%
  • Multi-Racial - 1.1%


Receiving Free or Reduced-Cost Meals:

  • 2022-23: 66%
  • 2021-22: 55%
(Based on income, percent of students who qualify for free/reduced price meals)

Walla Walla Public Schools At A Glance


Walla Walla Public Schools educates a diverse population nearly 5,600 students. The district is comprised of two high schools, two middle schools, five elementary schools, the Walla Walla Center for Children and Families (Birth-to-Five services), SEATech Skills Center, Walla Walla Online, Opportunity Program and Homelink (homeschool support program)..


A broad range of course offerings and programs that are aligned with the Washington State Learning Goals are offered to students at all grade levels.


Our district employs nearly 800 staff members - excluding substitutes and part-time coaches. Approximately 378 certificated staff are employed with 285 holding master’s degrees. Each year more than 1,000 volunteers team to provide learning opportunities for students.

Local Levy Support

In 2020, Walla Walla Public Schools received a 72 percent YES vote on its replacement levy. Not only was the levy approval rating the highest in Walla Walla in 26 years, it was also the strongest approval rating statewide for All DISTRICTS of similar size and larger, setting the highest of bar for some 145 enrichment levy votes that were on the ballot statewide. Levy approval secures local funding for essential district programs and staff. The district will be seeking renewal of this levy in February 2024.

District Programs


Walla Walla High School supports a four-year, comprehensive program. Core curriculum, a vocational program, Advanced Placement, English acquisition, special education and fine arts courses are offered. Running Start to earn college credits is also available. Lincoln High School offers students a small school experience. Staff are highly skilled in trauma-informed practices to meet the social and emotional needs of students. SEATech Skills Center provides advanced-level Career and Technical Education programs based on rigorous academic and industry standards, preparing students for post-secondary education and successful entry into high-skill, high-demand careers and employment.

Middle School

Pioneer and Garrison Middle Schools offer advanced courses, afterschool programs, athletics, challenging electives, music and arts and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math classes. Students can take Spanish classes, coding and technology courses and earn high school credits in algebra, geometry and first year Spanish. Sports are free to all students. Attendance at the city’s two middle schools, which serve grades 6-8, is based on the elementary school a student attends. Students from Berney, Green Park and Edison elementary schools attend Pioneer Middle School, while students from Prospect Point and Sharpstein Elementary schools attend Garrison Middle School. Middle school students who are new to the area need to check the district’s boundary map to determine their neighborhood school. Students may open enroll at a school outside their boundary if space is available.

Garrison Middle School Programs 

Pioneer Middle School Programs


Elementary schools offer a complete curriculum with a core focus on literacy, mathematics, and social sciences. Bilingual and English acquisition courses are offered. Low class sizes in kindergarten (all day) and first grade are featured.


The Walla Walla Center for Children & Families offers a comprehensive Birth-to-Five program.

Online School

Walla Walla Online is a tuition-free, online public school option for students in grades Kindergarten through grade 12.

Special Programs

  • Approximately 782 students identified as special education students
  • Highly Capable/Explorers Program  Approximately 530 students (grades K-12) are identified as highly capable
    • Any student (regardless of identification) in grades 6-12 is able to take Honors/AP Courses
    • Approximately 80 identified highly capable students (in grades 3-5)  participate in the one-day-a-week highly capable pull-out program
  • Bilingual education services available


  • The district is excited to bring back the popular Homelink program. Learn more about this amazing program HERE

Special Education

Walla Walla Public Schools provides special education services to students who range in age from 3 through 21 and have a documented disability.

Special education provides instruction and support to students so they can be successful in an educational setting. Our services include special instruction, physical and occupational therapy, speech and language services, transportation, school health services, behavioral support and instruction and parent engagement.

Individualized Educational Program teams determine what services and supports are needed to provide an appropriate educational program for each of our approximately 856 students who are currently receiving special education support.

Learn more about our Special Education services >

District Programs

District Finances

How School Dollars Are Invested

  • Actual Expenditures: $94,522,984.03
  • Building Administration: 4.99%
  • Central Administration: 7.79%
  • Pupil Transportation: 2.04%
  • Misc Other: 3.52%
  • Food Service: 2.43%
  • Maintenance: 8.21%
  • Teaching: 71.02%

Source: OSPI Financial Reporting Summary FY 2021-2022

Our Mission

In partnership with families and community, Walla Walla Public Schools ensures a culture of equity and belonging, where every student achieves ambitious levels of learning through relevant and rigorous educational experiences.

Our Beliefs

We Believe...

  • that diversity is our strength
  • in challenging and supporting all students
  • that quality instruction is critical to student success
  • in elevating student voice and agency
  • in investing in staff to ensure excellence
  • in maximizing the impact of our resources
  • in collaborative and transparent operation
  • in the importance of family and community

Our Vision

Developing Washington’s Most Sought-After Graduates

Strategic Plan Goals and Success Indicators

Goal 1: Ambitious Learning for All

Goal 2: Relevant and Rigorous Experience

Goal 3: Culture of Equity and Belonging

Goal 4: Partnership with Family and Community 

Distance from Walla Walla to...

Seattle, Washington (262 miles northwest) 
Boise, Idaho (254 miles southeast)
Portland, Oregon (242 miles west)
Spokane, Washington (158 miles north)
Yakima, Washington (132 miles northwest)
Lewiston, Idaho (102 miles east)
Tri-Cities, Washington (50 miles northwest)
Pendleton, Oregon (39 miles southwest)

Registration Information

Please visit our Enrollment & Open Enrollment/Choice Transfer page for information.

Boundary Map



WALLA WALLA PUBLIC SCHOOLS • 364 South Park St. • Walla Walla, WA 99362 • Phone: 509-527-3000 • Fax: 509.529.7713

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