Many families move to Bainbridge Island for its celebrated public school district. Bainbridge is ranked #1 in Washington for Best Teachers and #5 for Best School District, rating an A+ for teachers and college readiness with an A in academics (2017 survey data from Niche).
It’s no wonder that some island parents compare the island’s public schools to a private school experience.
There are three elementary schools, grades K through 4, located in the south, center, and north ends of the island to keep commutes short. Grades 5 and 6 move up to Sakai Intermediate School. Woodward Middle School covers grades 7 and 8, then it’s on to Bainbridge Island High School.
In addition to the traditional learning environments, BISD offers the Commodore Options Program which includes a smaller high school with an independent learning curriculum, a multi-age learning environment for grades 1-8, and a homeschool support program.
The district also boasts an abundance of sports, clubs, foreign exchange, and other extra-curricular activities.
Bus transportation is widely used for the public schools and routes serve the entire island.
Bainbridge Island also has a variety of private education choices which serve approximately 700 students. These schools include small religious affiliated programs like Carden Country School and St. Cecilia, emphasizing Christian and Catholic education, respectively, as well as The Island School and Hyla Middle School providing smaller settings and class sizes. The island is also home to Montessori and Waldorf schools.
Bainbridge Island is a community dedicated to education, both public and private. Parent involvement, passionate local faculty, and a tradition of achievement create an educational journey that will enrich your lives.
Our own families count five current or graduated students in our public schools. We love what schooling on Bainbridge has done for our families and we know it will provide yours with a very positive experience.