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As parents, we all face the difficult decision of choosing the right school for our children. It’s a significant choice with many factors to consider. 

The Cor Deo Choice

At The Cor Deo School, we take the long-range view of our students when considering their educational experience. Our challenging academic environment is designed to educate the whole child, cultivating wisdom and virtue by emphasizing truth, beauty, and goodness in the teaching process. The portrait of whom they become when they graduate looks beyond their school years and focuses on what they will need as individuals to live life well. For us, it’s not simply about what they will learn and how we teach them, but whom they will become. 

We choose our teaching methods carefully by taking the best educational ideas from the past, those that have been tested and proven so that we can maximize the present. The singing, chanting, discussing, memorizing, writing, and speaking that our students experience are all intentionally chosen to develop and practice the “tools of learning” they need to become life-long learners. 

Our end goals are chosen carefully because our students will eventually enter society as adults who need to be ready for all that life has to offer. We are focused on developing the whole person—their heart, mind, and soul because we believe that a well-educated mind and a strong character, infused with a deep faith in Christ, are essential to equip each student to affect transformative change in their community and beyond. 

Few investments have a greater return than your children’s education. The way they perceive the world, the depth of their character, and how they approach life are all influenced by their education. As a classical Christian school, we begin with the end in mind so that we can help prepare our students for success in life. We are honored that you are considering The Cor Deo School to partner with you for this portion of their journey.

Preview Day

Join us for one of the events below to catch a glimpse of what makes a Cor Deo education distinct. Whether your child is entering kindergarten or eighth grade, we have an event that will work for you.

During our daytime events, you will catch a glimpse of the every day at our school and see our classrooms in action. You’ll learn more about our educational approach and what makes us distinct among South Sound schools, meet our faculty and some current parents, and enjoy a Q & A time at either daytime or evening events. By the end of this event, you will be equipped with information to help you make the best decision for your child.

Preview Day Dates

Currently, we do not have any Preview Events on the calendar. If you would like to schedule a tour or family meeting, please contact the main school office at 253-240-0287.

Kindergarten Readiness 

Come have coffee with our kindergarten teachers, see the classrooms, hear about a typical Classical Kindergarten day, and ask questions about this important year for your child.

Reserve your spot today for one of our tours and informational meetings.


Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:5-7

Cor Deo at a Glance

Grades Served

Kindergarten through eighth grade.  Many of our eighth grade graduates continue their Classical education at a local Classical High School for Rhetoric.


The Cor Deo School is a private non-profit organization. We do not accept government funding of any type.


Our Lower and Upper Schools are located in the heart of Tacoma’s Stadium District. Our Lower School is located at First Presbyterian Church Tacoma (20 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma WA 98402). Our Upper School is located at Central Lutheran Church (409 N Tacoma Ave, Tacoma WA 98403).

Religious Affiliation

Our school currently draws families from over 30 different churches around the South Sound. As a ministry of First Presbyterian Church Tacoma, our Lower School is affiliated with ECO. Our Upper School has no direct affiliation with a denomination.

Educational System

Classical Christian


Lower School: school office, seven classrooms, school commons (lunchroom & library), gym, playground, and access to FPC Sanctuary and chapel, along with Tacoma’s famed Wright Park.

Upper School: school office, five classrooms, school commons, staff room, outdoor courtyard, access to CLC Sanctuary and chapel. The campus is a short walk from Tacoma’s Garfield Park along with our Lower School.


Yes, via Lands End. See our Uniforms page for more information.

Total Number of Students


Typical Class Size

8-18 Students

Teacher: Student Ratio

18:1 for all grades

Students of Color Represented

Approximately 16%

Neighborhoods & Citied Represented

All neighborhoods of Tacoma plus cities of Fircrest, University Place, Steilacoom, Lakewood, Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Federal Way, Puyallup, Sumner, and Lacey.

Tuition Assistance Offered

Yes, school-awarded, need-based tuition assistance is offered as available.

Percentage of Students Receiving Tuition Assistance


ACCS Accredidation

The Cor Deo School is a member of the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS). Accreditation is a rigorous process that Cor Deo plans to work toward once we offer a full upper school. ACCS-accredited schools must offer grades 1–12.

OSPI Approval

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction oversees all public and private education in Washington State. Cor Deo is an OSPI-approved school.

Standardized Tests

Educational Records Bureau (ERB) testing begins in second grade.


Experience the Cor Deo Classical Christian Difference

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