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Dieringer School District—An Overview
Established in 1890, Dieringer School District consolidated with Lake Tapps School District in 1936. The District's three schools, Lake Tapps Elementary School, Dieringer Heights Elementary School and North Tapps Middle School, provide K through 8th grade education, and serve as hubs for community activities as well. The majority of Dieringer School District #343 is located in unincorporated Pierce County, bounded on the east by the White River, on the west by the Stuck River, on the north by the city of Auburn, and on the south by the cities of Bonney Lake and Sumner. The District surrounds the northern two-thirds of Lake Tapps and covers approximately 5.5 square miles.
For more information on the make-up of individual schools, please view the school performance report at each school's web page. It is listed under "Student Performance".
History Of Lake Tapps
Lake Tapps was formed in 1911 as a reservoir for generation of hydro-electric power by Puget Power Energy. Originally the area consisted of four separate lakes, Lake Kirtley, Lake Tapps, Crawford Lake, and Church Lake. Two and a half miles of earthen dams allowed the water level of Lake Tapps to raise 35 feet joining the four lakes together.
The lake's surface area consist of 2,566 acres with a storage capacity of 46,655 acre-feet of water. With 45 miles of shoreline Lake Tapps is only 13 miles less than that of Lake Washington located in Seattle.
Lake Tapps receives its water supply directly from the White River, with its head waters located on the northeast slopes of Mt. Rainier. This mountain run-off contains glacier dust, which gives Lake Tapps its beautiful unique shade of green.
Large runs of fish, including salmon & stealhead, migrate yearly up the White River. The U.S. Army Corps of Egineers maintains a fish trap, adjacent to Puget Power's diversion flume, which is upstream from the Lake Tapps inlet. After the fish are trapped they are transported by a special tanker truck and released further upstream into the Mud Mountain Dam Reservior enabling them to continue their migration.
Letter to Parents
Welcome to Dieringer, a very special community!  Dieringer is composed of students who come to school well prepared and eager to learn.  Parents are concerned with success and provide outstanding support for their children and the Dieringer School District.  The PTA and many volunteers contribute countless hours and resources to our students and schools.  The District has a long standing history of providing high quality education for all our students.  Dieringer’s goal is for our students to gain the skills that will allow them to become successful, confident, contributing members of society.
The Dieringer School District has a student enrollment of approximately 1,500 students in grades kindergarten through eighth. Thanks to the vision and generous support of the Dieringer community, the district maintains excellent school facilities designed to provide students a personalized educational experience. Students in grades first through third are housed at Lake Tapps Elementary which moved in to a wonderful new facility in the fall of 2005. North Tapps Middle School serves students in grades sixth through eighth, and was expanded with the addition of a science wing and auxiliary gym in 2009. Dieringer Heights Elementary is home to students in kindergarten, fourth, and fifth grades; it received a five classroom addition in 2008. The district supports an additional 540 high school students who may select to attend any public high school. The majority choose to attend Auburn Riverside High School, Bonney Lake High School and Sumner High School.
The Dieringer School District has a very professional teaching staff who all meet the national Highly Qualified professional standards.  They care for children and are dedicated to their academic achievement and personal growth. Teachers and administrators work diligently to implement new curricula, state and district assessments, and the Essential Academic Learning Requirements. I am impressed and delighted with what I see happening daily in the classrooms of the district. All staff is committed to the district’s primary mission – the care and education of our wonderful students.
This website is designed to provide visitors with an overview of the Dieringer School District.  We hope you find the information useful and engaging.
Michael Farmer
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