About Us: Being the largest district in the county, North Thurston Public Schools educates over 14,000 students each year, with 13 elementary schools, 4 middle schools (including a performing arts magnet school), 3 comprehensive high schools and one high school of choice. NTPS Facts: - NTPS is Washington's 23rd largest school district, out of 295 total school districts. - We currently serve over 14,000 students per year. Enrollment at NTPS is expected to increase to 20,000 by the year 2031. - One hour south of Seattle, NTPS serves Lacey and northeastern Thurston County, encompassing 74 square miles. - Founded in 1953, NTPS is 13 years older than the City of Lacey. - NTPS is the most ethnically-diverse school district in the South Sound region, serving African American, Pacific Islander, Asian, Native American, Hispanic and other populations.