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The Island School

Private | K-5 | 103 students

Our school inspires enthusiasm for learning and respect for self and others.


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Posted February 15, 2010

The Island School is where we ended up when the great public schools of Bainbridge Island were not a fit for our son. I am pleased with the experience thus far. My son is comfortable and engaged in the school activities and feels secure with his teachers. He is thriving. Excellent place for sensitive who are overwhelmed by larger and busier environments. This school has heart in a unique way and the kids know it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 15, 2010

This school is a special environment. It is small, protective and feels good the minute you walk in the door. We love the Head of School, who is often down on the floor with the kids, singing along during the Monday Morning Sing. The teachers know all the kids' names - I mean in the whole school. There is no tolerance for bullying or teasing, which made our child feel safe. While I hope the school realizes its goals, it's hard to imagine it growing too large - the intimate environment is too precious. we also love the emphasis on fun - rare these days. Our child, who used to loathe school, is excited to go and feels free to be himself. His teachers both cherish him. We're so grateful to be part of the community, and our son is happier and more at ease now that he's there.
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Posted February 26, 2009

Parent involvement is a must for young children. Learning respect, and care from adults is essential for an integrated program that allows children to learn in an atmosphere of learning for the love of it. I will always cherish my past experiences where I got to know our teachers, the students and felt such a warm acceptance for my help and interest.

Posted October 10, 2007

In a school system of good elementary schools The Island School is a stand out. It has been part of the island community for 30 years. The teachers are experienced and caring, and each class is small with a teacher and a teacher s assistant. The volunteer spirit is vibrant and it is common to see parents or grandparents reading with children in the halls or helping with other activities. There is something very special about this school. My wife and I felt this positive energy the moment we walked in the door and were greeted by the wonderful Principal. After a touring, we knew this is where we wanted our child to start his academic life and we have never regretted that decision. We would recommend The Island School without reservation and encourage every parent of an elementary age kid to at least visit the school and see for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 7%
Black 7% 5%
Hispanic 6% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 2%
Two or more races 3% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Washington Green Schools levels 1, 2, & 3 (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:20 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Trish King
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • accredited member of Pacific Northwest Assoc. of Independent Schools
Fax number
  • (206) 842-8352


Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None


Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Hyla Middle School
West Sound Academy
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8553 NE Day Rd
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
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Phone: (206) 842-0400


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