West Sound Academy

16571 Creative Drive NE,
Poulsbo, WA, 98370
Tel: (360)598-5954
Grades: 6 - 12 | 91 students
West Sound Academy: an International Baccalaureate World School offering a college preparatory curriculum for grades 6-12 on the Kitsap Peninsula in Poulsbo, Washington. West Sound Academy transforms the lives of students by respecting and supporting the individual, preparing them for college and life beyond through superior teaching, excellent curriculum, and high expectations, and providing a safe community in an inspirational setting in which to grow and learn.
 The West Sound Academy campus resides on twenty pastoral acres overlooking Liberty Bay in Poulsbo, Washington.
With views of the Olympic Mountains, our four modern buildings have state of the art science labs, a technology center, dance, drama and music studios, a library and seminar rooms.
Outside there are sports fields, a picnic area and an outdoor amphitheater, all set amidst old fir and cedar trees.
It is an ideal setting for students to learn and explore.  Small classes ensure individual attention to students.
The average class size is 11, with classes ranging from 7 students to 20 students.  Since our first commencement in 2002, WSA graduates have been accepted to over 145 colleges and universities.
These include some of the most selective schools and programs: US Military Academy at West Point, Middlebury College, Vassar College, Rhode Island School of Design, Purdue University, University of Washington Honors Program and the Rhodes Scholarship Program at Oxford University. 

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Other school association(s)
Other school association(s)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades 6 - 12
Year Founded 1998

Student Body

Total Students 91 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 30%
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade West Sound Academy Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 17 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 76%
Average Class Size 11 students
Number of AP Courses 1 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses AP Calculus AB, IB Biology HL/SL (Group 4), IB Chemistry HL/SL (Group 4), IB English (Group 2), IB French HL/SL (Group 2), IB Literature in English (Group 1), IB Mathematical Studies (Group 5), IB Mathematics HL/SL (Group 5), IB Spanish HL/SL (Group 2), IB Visual Arts (Group 6), IB War & Peace in the 20th Century (Group 3)  
Average SAT score 1822
Average ACT score 26
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $16,120
Tuition Notes $14,600 for Middle School and $16,120 for Upper School
% on Financial Aid 30%
Acceptance Rate 90%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Lisa Gsellman
Admissions Associate Susan Trower


Total Sports Offered 4 sports
Sports Bowling, Dance, Kayaking, Rock ClimbingBowlingDance,
KayakingRock Climbing,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 10 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Crafting Club, Debate Club, Kayak Club, Knowledge Bowl, Literary Journal, Middle School Math Club, Middle School National History Bowl, Rock Climbing Club, Upper School National History Bowl, Yearbook Crafting Club, Debate Club, Kayak Club, Knowledge Bowl, Yearbook, Literary Journal,
Middle School Math Club,
Middle School National History Bowl,
Rock Climbing Club,
Upper School National History Bowl,

School Notes:

    Profile last updated: 04/14/2014

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Gateway Christian Schools (Including Crosspoint) (3.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Poulsbo Adventist School (2.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Gateway Christian Schools (Including Crosspoint) (3.1 miles away)
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  • Poulsbo Poulsbo Adventist School
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    Po Box 127
    Poulsbo , WA , 98370
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    Gateway Christian Schools (Including Crosspoint)
    (Assembly of God)
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    Poulsbo , WA , 98370
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School Reviews

  • Recommended November 11, 2013 - My sons have both attended West Sound Academy. This school brings to light the true value of learning. That education is the cornerstone in a person''s life. The philosophy of creating creative, independent life long learners is seen throughout the entire community. The students are challenged, stretched, and nutured all at the same time. I believe an education from West Sound Academy prepares my child for the future at a level I never imagined was possible when I became a parent. There are caring invested staff. There is a rich international culture. There is a community of students wanting to grow and learn every day. I cannot even beging to put a price on what this school has done for our family. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended November 07, 2013 - We feel extremely fortunate to have found West Sound Academy. Coming from a homeschool environment, the small class sizes and welcoming atmosphere allowed our children to quickly gain confidence and thrive in this challenging academic environment. The faculty and staff are top-notch and truly treat each child as part of their family. More impressive, are the students themselves. They are extremely conscientious, well-rounded, polite, articulate and support each other. I continue to be extremely impressed with West Sound Academy. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended October 21, 2013 - I am so thankful for West Sound Academy and what it offers my daughter academically socially, and emotionally. Small class sizes, dedicated faculty, community-oriented, IB program allows students to begin college as sophomores (saving parents money), focus on math and science as well as the arts, everything I was looking for in a school and more. I am so impressed with this school, it is worth the tuition (and also offers scholarships & financial aid) and compared to Seattle private schools, it''s a bargain for what each student receives. I''m so thankful to have this school in Kitsap County--it''s truly filling a need no other schools around are. All classes are AP, and any extra help students need is there as well as a truly supportive faculty and administration. An incredible school for parents who want the best for their kids and for kids who want to do well academically and get a little more advantage when it comes to college and his or her future. Kind smart kids doing good things in the community (and the world), truly makes me thankful for West Sound Academy. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended October 06, 2012 - An absolutely amazing school for 6-12 grade. Academics are a very strong focus as is kindness, community, and compassion. Faculty is incredible. They offer great financial aid (which has been fantastic for us as a middle class family) & WSA is the only IB program around Kitsap. Recommended for smart, motivated students who want to achieve great things in the world and attend college after graduating, and for parents who are disappointed with the local public schools and the "just get by" attitude. - Posted by Parent

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