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260 W Pioneer Way B 13, Rm #121
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Oak Harbor, WA 98278-1900
Each installation provides information about the types of schools and programs offered on or near your installation for your child. Learn about the types of programs, guidelines and requirements for each school. Whether you choose to send your child to a Department of Defense School, a private school or public school, your installation can help you explore all of your options to make the right decision for you and your child.
The major school districts serving Naval Air Station Whidbey Island include:
The major schools serving Naval Air Station Whidbey Island include the districts of Oak Harbor, Coupeville, and Anacortes (below is more detailed information on each of these school districts). Upon arrival to Whidbey Island, parents will need to enroll their student in the school district where they reside. However, Washington State allows parents to request a transfer to a nonresident district if housing is unavailable in the district of choice.
Oak Harbor has private and public school options for pre-kindergarten through grade 12, including a home-schooling partnership offered through the Home-Connection program. Oak Harbor is also home to a Skagit Valley College campus. Anacortes and Coupeville have private pre-k options available. All the school districts offer a Running Start program where students in their junior and senior years with a 3.0 GPA or higher can attend college classes that may allow them to graduate with a high school diploma and an AA degree at the same time. Each district also offers a range of athletic and academic programs, including services for special needs children. Participation in athletic activities is governed by the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association, which identifies leagues based on school size. Oak Harbor is a 3A school, Coupeville is a 1A school, and Anacortes is a 2A school. There are no DoD schools located on NAS Whidbey Island.
First-time enrollment in the public schools requires a birth certificate, immunization record, and a district specific enrollment packet. Parents should bring copies of report cards, verification of grade placement, credits earned, special education plans and any other pertinent information to assist counselors and school administrators in placing students in the proper level of instruction. Students may be tested to help determine their placement in school programs. Children entering kindergarten must be five years old by August 31, unless they were already attending kindergarten in another district. Children entering first grade must be six years old by September 1. Students younger than six years old can enter first grade if they have completed kindergarten in another district.
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) has a full-time School Liaison Officer (SLO). The SLO is the primary point of contact between the military installation, the local school administration, parents, and the community. The SLO specializes in serving military families by supporting families with school transfers, providing information on local schools, assisting with school choice, deployment support, and so much more. The NASWI SLO can be reached at 360-257-6863.
Washington state law recognizes the desire of some parents and families to seek a home-based instruction for their children. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) offers technical assistance to school districts that are working with parents seeking to exercise this educational right.
If a parent chooses not to enroll a child in public or private schools, the parent must file an annual Declaration of Intent by September 15 or within two weeks of the beginning of any public school quarter, trimester, or semester with the school district within which the parent resides. A complete packet of information on Home-Based Instruction can be obtained at the school district office.
Visit https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success/learning-alternatives/home-based-instruction to access parent information, state regulations, home-based instruction annual reports and more!
Skagit Valley Community College offers the Homeschool Qualification Course. To learn more visit https://www.skagit.edu/continuing-community-education/ and select ‘Professional Development’.
For more information and support, contact your School Liaison Officer at 360.257.6863.
Adult Education and GED Programs are available through a variety of institutions. Select the “College/Training Training” tab to learn more.
Oak Harbor Public Schools serves more than 6,500 students and more than half of which are Navy-connected. Nearly 90% of NASWI-connected students attend Oak Harbor Schools. In recent years, the district has been home to the nine-time state champion culinary team including a state baking championship, three-time DECA national champions, internationally-ranked robotics team, state wrestling champions, state championship football team, state and national championship cheerleading squad, 16-year distinguished unit NJROTC including nationally ranking orienteering and air-rifle programs, and award-winning choir, band and art programs.
There are ten school buildings in Oak Harbor including five elementary schools (grades K-4), one intermediate school (grades 5-6), one middle school (grades 7-8), one high school (grades 9-12), a k-12 home-school partnership school, and an early learning center. In addition, there are also two programs for alternative learners and a transition program for special needs students age 18-21. Each school is equipped with the latest technology including ChromeBooks, mobile devices and labs, digital interactive white boards, teacher microphones, free public wireless and more.
Oak Harbor High School has recently undergone a $72 million national award-winning expansion. It is one of the most technologically-advanced schools in the region and includes a performing arts facility, a full-feature TV studio and LEED Silver Standard award-winning green energy features. In addition, the school has a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art sports stadium and athletic facilities. The school has also been recognized by the US News and World Report Bronze School for a second-straight year, is ranked in the top 50 high schools in the state.
Oak Harbor Public Schools has the most diverse student make-up in the region and has earned a reputation for academic excellence with graduation rates over 90 percent, test scores above the state average and AP scores above the global average. Four of the district's elementary schools and one middle school have been awarded recognition as among the state's best. Over 70% of graduates enter college or technical programs and another 15% join the military, with millions of dollars in college and military scholarships awarded to each graduating class.
Oak Harbor teachers are highly skilled with 70% holding at least a master's degree. The district has received more than $4.5 million in DoDEA grant funding to support professional development ensuring that Oak Harbor teachers are using the best research-based educational practices to advance student learning and engagement.
Children are generally assigned to the school closest to the area the family resides in, depending on available space. Oak Harbor Elementary is the district's "School of Choice," a distinction that allows parents to opt in to this school that offers uniforms and high parental involvement.
All district class sizes are relatively low, averaging about 21 students in elementary schools; 24 students in intermediate and middle schools; and 25 students in high school. An online grading system provides consistent grading parameters from school to school.
Lunch and Breakfast Program
All Oak Harbor public schools offer a National School Lunch and Breakfast Program featuring nutritious options that meet the USDA guidelines with fresh salad bars featuring fresh fruits and vegetables. Middle and high school students enjoy an even greater range of entrees and a la carte items. Free or reduced price meal assistance is available for qualifying families.
Oak Harbor School's transportation department has one of the best safety records in the nation. Every day nearly 3,000 students are safely transported on 180 bus routes served by 46 buses. Free after school transportation for tutoring, activities and athletics is provided four days per week. The district is the state leader in new environmentally-friendly propane buses. Transportation safety measures include cameras on all buses helping prevent potential problems. Bus stops, routes, and times are available to parents on the district website. Families can enter their address online and view their neighborhood school's stop locations and times and sign up for email notification of any route changes.
Programs and Services
Oak Harbor Public Schools offer students a wide range of educational opportunities at every grade level including:
Special Programs Department
The Special Programs Department provides a wide variety of services and programs for students who require specially-designed instruction, remedial support, and accommodations to meet academic standards. Each school features multi-faceted learning centers with professional staff including speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and psychologists. Some of the programs provided are:
Community and After-School Programs
Oak Harbor Public Schools offer the most after-school athletics, activities, and tutoring options in the region from elementary to high school. Free after-school tutor and activity buses are offered at all schools four days a week.
For more information about Oak Harbor Public Schools visit their website and their Facebook page.
Anacortes School District
Anacortes School District (ASD) ranks among the top achieving districts in the state, based on 2015 state assessment results. Anacortes High School also ranks in the top 5% of the state, according to results from the US News annual survey. A focus on high quality teaching and learning is the hallmark of the district, which serves about 2,700 students.
Anacortes is located on Fidalgo Island, about 30 minutes (18 miles) north of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, across the Deception Pass Bridge. The community is known to be a Northwest getaway, with scenic water views and 2,700 acres of public forest land.
The high-achieving district has a long history of serving the educational needs of thousands of NAS Whidbey students and families. The District has three elementary schools, one early learning center, one middle school, one high school and an alternative high school. The District supports a system of choice for elementary school placement based on availability.
Points of pride include:
Class sizes are relatively low: Elementary 17-26; Middle school - 20-25; and High school - 20-28. The district's grading system parameters vary from school to school.
The district's strategic plan is anchored by five pillars: Quality Instruction, Partnerships, Social-Emotional Growth, Equity & Excellence, and Stewardship. It is the belief of the school board that students will meet world-class learning standards by continually improving the quality of instruction students receive.
Hot lunches are served daily at the following prices: K - 5 = $2.75; Grades 6 - 12 = $3.00; and breakfast is served daily at the following prices: K - 5 = $1.50; Grades 6 - 12 = $1.75. Free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches are available to eligible students. Applications are available in all school and district offices.
Bus transportation for students is provided according to guidelines established by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Transportation Department. Students eligible for school bus transportation are those living over one mile from school. Bus stops, routes, and times are published each fall in the Anacortes American newspaper.
Special Education Department
Special Services for disabled students are available at all schools in addition to the following programs:
For more information about the Anacortes School District visit their website or Facebook page.
If a parent chooses not to enroll a child in public or private schools, home-based instruction is a viable alternative. A parent must file an annual Declaration of Intent by September 15 or within two weeks of the beginning of any public school quarter, trimester, or semester with the school district within which the parent resides. A complete packet of information on Home-Based Instruction can be obtained at the school district office.
Adult Education and GED Programs are available through a variety of institutions. See the Education-Training (College/Technical) article for further information.
Coupeville School District
Coupeville School District offers quality, personalized education programs and services to approximately 950 preschool through grade 12 students. Serving the central portion of Whidbey Island, district schools are about 20 minutes south of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Schools include one elementary school, one middle school and one high school. The middle and high schools share library, art, music, woodshop, welding and cafeteria areas but have separate 6-8 and 9-12 classrooms and lunchtimes.
Individualized instruction, highly qualified staff (including four teachers with National Board Certification) and strong parent/community support ensure continued academic growth. There is an active PTA at the elementary school, and athletic, drama and spirit team booster clubs at the high school.
The community supports its schools through local levies and bonds, most recently approving a four-year maintenance and operations levy and a four-year technology levy in 2014 as well as a three-year capital projects levy in 2015 which resulted in a new track and field, new middle school roof, refinished tennis courts, new grandstands, and a renovated multipurpose room at the elementary school. A new high school opened September 2007.
The district curriculum is aligned with the State Standards, ensuring that each year's instruction builds upon the previous year. New 6-12 math curriculum was implemented in 2013-2014. New K-5 math curriculum was implemented in 2014-2015. K-5 English/language arts and 6-12 social studies curriculums were implemented in 2015-2016. K-12 science curriculum is projected to be implemented in the 2018-2019 school year.
Though small, the high school offers a well-rounded selection of courses, including AP, Running Start and College in the High School courses, and CTE certification in metal and woodworking. Coupeville High School received 2010 and 2011 Washington Achievement Awards, with a rating of High Overall Excellence. The high school received a bronze award in the 2014 Best High Schools ranking published by U.S. News, based on overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, achievement of black, Hispanic and economically disadvantages students, and participation/performance on AP exams.
Class sizes have been relatively low, averaging: Elementary - 22; Middle school - 23; and High school – 23. The district’s grading system parameters vary from the elementary school to the secondary school.
The high school uses a 5 x 5 A/B block schedule. This allows students to take more elective classes, which can be for enrichment purposes or for remediation, including study hall. We also offer online classes through the Open Den program. For school year 2018-2019, students will be provided with an opportunity to take STEM specific classes for the purpose of attaining a STEM credential at graduation.
The district contracts with Chartwells to provide a daily food service program for students. The daily menu offers several delectable options for young taste buds and is aligned with state and federal nutrition guidelines. The menu changes each month to ensure variety and special treats around holidays. Beginning in the fall of 2014, local Farm to School produce will be incorporated into meals. Service includes lunch on every full school day.
Students living more than one mile from school are entitled to transportation on the district's school buses. Bus routes and schedules are developed each year based on student residences.
Programs and Services
Several programs are designed to support student learning, resulting in a graduation rate of over 90%. For the class of 2017, 71 of 72 students graduated. Title I reading and math and the Learning Assistance Program help students who need extra support to succeed in school. Highly capable program services support students who qualify. Running Start allows high school juniors and seniors to attend college courses and get both high school and college credit.
The Bilingual program offers assistance to students for whom English is a second language.
Athletic, academic, performing arts, and club activities provide before and after school options for students. Football, volleyball, basketball and track are available for grades 7-12. At the high school level, soccer, baseball, softball, and tennis also are available. Due to our size, it is typical that any student interested in a sport or activity is able to participate.
Drama, band, National History Day, National Honor Society, science clubs, garden clubs, and other activities are also available at each school.
Coupeville is responsible for the education of students in the Island County Juvenile Detention Center, and provides education to allow students to continue their normal studies while in the center, and then successfully transition back into their resident school.
Specialists and individualized programs assist children from birth to age 21 whose adjustment to or performance at school is complicated by disease or by physical, mental, emotional, or sensory conditions.
Title I and Learning Assistance Programs (LAP) provide help for students achieving below grade level in the areas of reading and math. Students are referred to the program based on their performance at school.
For more information about the Coupeville School District visit their website.
Community Activities and After School Programs