At a Glance
- The Island School is a small, independent, nonprofit elementary school serving students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
- The school was founded in 1977.
- The faculty includes full-time, accredited teachers for each class, part-time assistants in most classes, and specialists for art, music, physical education, library and Spanish.
- An academic year consists of three terms beginning in September and ending in June, with breaks in December, February, March or April, and mid-June through Labor Day.
- The Island School respects all religions and faiths. Although teachers may discuss different religious or cultural practices in their classes, we do not celebrate any religious holidays as a school. The entire school enjoys celebrating Halloween and Valentine’s Day.
- School hours are 8:20 am to 3:20 pm, with students arriving anytime after 8:10 am. The kindergarten begins with half-days in September (8:20 am to 12:30 pm) and works into several full days by spring. All children bring a lunch and snack to school.
- Breakfast Club and Extended Day provide affordable supervision of children beginning at 7:30 a.m. before school and until 6:00 p.m. after school.
- Highlights of our year include: Cultural Study (a four-week, multidisciplinary study of a different region or country), Monday Morning Sing, swimming lessons, field day, market day, overnight trips in the fourth and fifth grades, author nights, plays, concerts and other performances.
- We are a community of students, teachers, staff, parents, grandparents, relatives and friends working together. We affirm that children and adults do their best learning and living together when respect and consideration for others are valued and honored by all members of the community. We expect that children and adults will treat each other in a manner that is thoughtful, sincere and respectful. We look forward to working with students and families who hold these values.
- Art, music, dance, physical education and Spanish are core parts of our educational program.
- Our typical student-to-teacher ratio is 9:1.
- Each grade has a classroom teacher and a shared assistant to support learning, except in 5th grade, which has two team-teachers.
- Over $1,000,000 has been awarded in financial aid to an average of 22% of our families over the course of our history.
- Nearly 25% of our students come from the Kitsap Peninsula.
- Our graduates have a track record of success in both public and private schools on Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap Peninsula.
- Nearly 30% of our students are from racially or ethnically diverse backgrounds.
- The Island School is the only elementary school on Bainbridge Island accredited by the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools (PNAIS). Please see their Web site for more information: www.pnais.org.