White River School District is strongly focused on providing the best education possible to prepare our students for successes during their school years and beyond.  The district has approximately 4,000 students served by four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.

White River School District is a great place to learn, work and grow. We offer a wealth of excellent opportunities for students and staff at all levels.  Our goal is to make learning relevant, challenging and fun.  Our highly qualified staff encourage students to become inquisitive, lifelong learners.

Our schools envision an enthusiastic climate for students and adults with high quality, shared staff leadership.  We use state-aligned standards in curriculum, instruction and assessments, establishing and maintaining strong parent and community partnerships, and developing and supporting a quality staff that is positive, professional and collaborative.  Our schools support a learning environment that focuses on success in learning for all students, that implements best practices in the use of technology to meet diverse student learning styles, and provides ongoing professional development and learning for all staff members.


Situated near the Cascade foothills and majestic Mount Rainier, White River is located in the northeast corner of Pierce County, about 50 miles south of Seattle and about 30 miles east of Tacoma.

The City of Buckley, the towns of Wilkeson and South Prairie and a portion of the City of Bonney Lake lie within the district. The area is a combination of suburban and rural, and is located within easy driving distance to both urban amenities and natural beauty and recreational opportunities. 

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White River High School will be participating in an Active Shooter Drill on Thursday, April 24th. The 1,200 students and 100 teachers and staff will be participating in a simulated active shooter scenario with includes two active shooters in the school. White River School District personnel have been working with Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, Sheriff's Department, Buckley and Enumclaw Fire and Police, and East Pierce County Fire and Rescue over the past year to train students on eight modules, including evacuation and lockdown procedures, threat assessments, and how to survive an active shooter. District officials have also hosted several community meetings for parents on school safety and to provide information on the upcoming exercise. 

This exercise will enable participating agencies to practice together utilizing the county's response to violence protocol, as well as the school district's lockdown procedures, response to active shooter procedures, staff and student accountability and student/parent reunification procedures.

Over 230 response participants include representatives from the Bonney Lake Police Department, Buckley Fire Department, Buckley Police Department, Carbonado Fire Department, East Pierce Fire & Rescue, Enumclaw Fire Department, Milton Police Department, Mount Rainier National Park Service, Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Puyallup Police Department, South Sound 9-1-1, Sumner Police Department, Tacoma Police Department, and the Washington State Patrol. Funding for this exercise was provided by Department of Homeland Security grants.

While we know a drill like this can be scary, the result will be better protection for our staff and students. Just like a fire drill, or earthquake drill, we can't identify issues until we run through it. We want to assure parents that no one will have access to the campus during the drill, except clearly identified participants. 

This is a really phenomenal event that has taken an intense amount of work from our staff and supporting agencies and we commend all of them for the effort they have put into it. The process will not end at the conclusion of the drill, as there will be a thorough debriefing of participants so that we can improve our plans where needed. Thank you for your understanding and support as we continually work to not just educate your students, but also to ensure that they are in a safe environment in the White River schools.