Established in 1976, Gig Harbor Academy is the oldest private school in Gig Harbor, Washington. Originally founded as a one-room schoolhouse on ten acres of natural surroundings, Gig Harbor Academy has grown into a vibrant school community that invites preschool through fifth grade students to think expansively and develop a love for learning.
Gig Harbor Academy continues to follow its guiding principles by embracing a student-centered approach to teaching and by upholding experiential, inquiry-based learning. In addition to myriad outdoor learning spaces, which includes a certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom, vast specialist offerings compliment the core academic content areas. Discover how Gig Harbor Academy can empower your child’s learning journey.
The Gig Harbor Academy student journey lays the foundation for a child’s future. Our private school promotes a collaborative and synchronous learning environment where teachers and students engage in a supportive academic setting. Ideal teacher-student ratios and access to many outdoor learning opportunities enhance the student experience. Teachers are empowered to explore new learning strategies, while students are presented with opportunities to take ownership of their journey. Empathy, stewardship, and a strong sense of self are instilled in every student at GHA, where every voice is heard and every child matters.
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Gig Harbor Academy is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive learning environment where the identity of every community member is honored. As an independent school, we invite and celebrate diversity expressed through different backgrounds, experiences, values, and perspectives as we nurture a discovery of self, family, community, and the world. We work deliberately to deepen our understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion at our school and ensure that all students and families have a sense of belonging at Gig Harbor Academy. We embrace research, conversation, and experiences that develop our knowledge and shape our practices individually and collectively.
Gig Harbor Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit independent private school. As an independent school, we are governed by our Board of Directors and therefore independent in both governance and financial responsibility from any religious institutions or public entity. We are proud members of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools and embrace the philosophy of learning we are afforded as an independent organization.