About Our District

    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 Pre-School through 8th grade education, and serve as hubs for community activities. 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 inpidual 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 persion 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 another new school year here at Dieringer. The 2019-2020 school year promises to be an exciting one. I would like to take the opportunity to say that I am honored and excited to be your new Superintendent. As a community member I have watched many great things happen for the students and parents here on the plateau and around Lake Tapps for years and I am so happy to a part of this great team. I truly enjoy the challenges and benefits of helping students, staff and the community in a small school district.

    Here at Dieringer you will find that students achieving academic excellence is our paramount value as educators. We will strive to be innovative and creative while valuing collaboration with all our stakeholders. I will be working with our School Board to organize both external and internal resources to provide the most efficient and effective service to all the district’s students, staff, parents and community members.

    Dieringer serves approximately 1,500 students in our three schools. Lake Tapps Elementary houses students in grades first through third. Students in preschool, kindergarten, fourth and fifth grades attend Dieringer Heights Elementary. North Tapps Middle school serves our students in sixth through eighth grades. As Dieringer is a non-high school district our students moving on to high school can choose the school district in which they would like to attend. Our nearly 600 high school students attend the Auburn, Sumner Bonney Lake and White River School Districts.

    Dieringer’s teachers work tirelessly to meet the needs of all our students.  Over 70% of our teachers possess a master’s degree, and on average have over 17 years of teaching experience.  That experience and level of education allow us to provide a rich, rigorous program to all students, including our students with special needs.  Together we are all working to provide an education for students that gives them confidence for today and the skills and knowledge to make contributions in the future.

    Michael Farmer



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