Downing Elementary School is an educational institution that provides various academic and extracurricular programs for students in pre-kindergarten through grade five. The school s core curriculum includes math, social studies, science, reading and writing. It also provides special education programs. Downing Elementary School offers gifted and talented education program for students in grades three through five. The school s parent-teacher association organizes fall carnivals educational assemblies and field trips. It additionally provides classes in foreign language and music. Downing Elementary School offers the English as a Second Language program. The school is governed by The Tacoma Public Schools, which maintains more than 50 elementary, middle and high schools. The school district serves students in kindergarten through grade 12.