About Deer Park
A great place to go to school…a great place to live!
Deer Park is located in the beautiful Inland Northwest. Surrounded by fields, forests, lakes and wildlife our city sits in the middle of a large valley, with mountains in three directions and Spokane approximately 20 miles to the south (view Spokane County map). Deer Park is a growing community with a population of over 5,000 within the city limits, while there are approximately an additional 15,000 people in more rural settings that are within 15 minutes of the city center.
The Deer Park School District encompasses the City of Deer Park and stretches north to the Loon Lake and Newport School Districts, west to the Nine Mile Falls and Mary Walker School Districts, east to the Riverside School District and south to the Mead School District. Overall, the District covers approximately 173 square miles and serves almost 11,000 households.
Since the year 2000, strong community support through passage of bond issues and levies has enabled the district to build a new elementary school and finish a complete renovation of Deer Park High School. Student population in Deer Park continues to grow steadily - we expect growth to increase significantly as we experience an unprecedented period of new home construction in and around the City of Deer Park (over 1000 new homes are predicted between 2021 and 2031). In September 2004, enrollment was at 2040 students. Currently, we educate over 2,700 students in pre-school through grade twelve.
Our district consists of five schools, housed in six buildings. Kindergarten through second-grade is served at Deer Park Elementary School. Arcadia Elementary School is home to students in grades three through five and Deer Park Middle School has a grade six through eight configuration. Deer Park High School is a four-year comprehensive high school, serving students in grades nine through twelve. DPHS also offers an "Alternative" setting - a program that exists "on campus" at DPHS. Our District’s fifth school is “Home-Link,” a highly regarded and successful parent partnership program serving 600 students in grades K – 12. Home-Link runs out of two sites, the Clayton School (read more about the history of the Clayton School HERE) and the A.R. Hegre Building in Deer Park.
If you are interested in viewing the physical boundaries of the Deer Park School District you can download the Deer Park School District Boundary map (in .pdf format); this map is intended to give a general idea of district boundaries – many side streets and road names are not on this map. To get a more granular view of district boundaries – including the ability to zoom into street-level views and establish which parcels are inside DPSD and those that are not - you can use Spokane County's SCOUT mapping tool. If you have questions about district boundaries, please call Kerri Leliefeld, Deer Park’s Transportation Director at (509) 464-5530, or Superintendent Travis Hanson at (509) 464-5500.
If you need any additional information about Deer Park or have questions for any of our district leaders or support staff, please use the following link for contact information: DPSD District Office Staff