Gig Harbor Academy

Tel: (253)265-2150
Grades: NS-5 | 114 students
GHA takes advantage of the natural questions that arise in a child’s expanding life experiences and turns that curiosity into educational opportunities.
GHA has created a unique culture where educational professionals and parents collaborate to ensure academic rigor and social success.
Teachers know each child’s strengths and tailor the curriculum so achievements can be measured in individual growth, At Gig Harbor Academy we offer a progressive student-centered curriculum for preschool through fifth grade students located on ten acres of wooded land.
We believe that learning occurs best when each student is self-directed and actively engaged in work where they construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world through authentic learning experiences and then reflect on those experiences.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-5
Year Founded 1976

Student Body

Total Students 114 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 27%
Students by Grade Gig Harbor Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 16 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Tuition ranges from $2,850 for preschool to $12,500 for grades K-5
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Susan Lomow


Total Sports Offered 1 sports
Sports Cross CountryCross Country


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Art, Chess, Fifth Grade Guitar, Robotics Team, Theatre Art, Chess, Robotics Team, Theatre, Fifth Grade Guitar,

School Notes:

  • Gig Harbor Academy is a 10-acre private school situated in unincorporated Gig Harbor Washington.  The school offers classes from Preschool through fifth grade.  In addition to providing traditional instruction in subjects such as math, literature and science, the school offers a specialist program which includes classes that are not typically offered in public school’s day-to-day curriculum (Spanish, art, music, PE and technology). GHA also offers after school enrichment classes which include: chess, cross country, Destination Imagination, electric guitar, drama and robotics.  We also offer a three week summer camp program that is open to the public. GHA is a progressive school, offering a child-centered, inquiry based program with a project-based curriculum from preschool through 5th grade. The childcare division of the school provides before and after school childcare as well as a year-round full day childcare for children aged three and up.   

Profile last updated: 07/16/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Hope School (5.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Lighthouse Christian School (2.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Harbor Montessori (2.4 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Gig Harbor
    Grades: K-8 | 311 students
    2.3 miles
    3008 36th St Nw
    Gig Harbor, WA 98335
  • Gig Harbor
    Harbor Montessori
    Montessori School
    Grades: PK-8 | 93 students
    2.4 miles
    5414 Comte Dr Nw
    Gig Harbor, WA 98335
  • Gig Harbor
    Grades: PK-8 | 51 students
    2.4 miles
    3114 45th Street Ct Nw
    Gig Harbor, WA 98335
  • Gig Harbor
    Peninsula Lutheran Day School
    Daycare / Preschool (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (formerly AELC, ALC, or LCA))
    Grades: PK-KG | 49 students
    2.8 miles
    6509 38th Av Nw
    Gig Harbor, WA 98335
  • Gig Harbor
    Gig Harbor KinderCare
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: NS-PK | 30 students
    3.2 miles
    3811 Grandview Steet
    Gig Harbor, WA 98335

School Reviews

All four of my children have attended GHA. My 5th grade son will be the last. SInce 2005 we have been impressed by the superb quality of the teachers - GHA''s primary strength. The setting is a nature oasis; a great spot to learn, study, and yes play. The specialist classes are icing on the cake for learning and exposure. My 3 children who are graduates - VERY WELL prepared for the next phase of education and public or private school.
- Posted by Parent, 10/06/12
We enrolled our 2nd grade granddaughter in GHA in Jan. It has been a wonderful experience and a great "fit" for our needs....small class size, caring community, access to technology, robotics, nature experiences, just to mention a few of strengths of GHA.
- Posted by Parent, 05/21/12

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