Gig Harbor Academy

  • 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)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-5
Year Founded1976
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$200
Summer Program Cost Notes$200/week - 2018 summer rates

Student Body

Total Students124 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by GradeGig Harbor Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(There is no dress code at GHA)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition ranges from $1,418 for preschool to $14,621 for grades K-5
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorSusan Lomow


Total Sports Offered2 sports
SportsCross Country, Track and FieldCross CountryTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Brick Engineering, Chess, Robotics Team

Arts and Music Programs:
Art, Choir, Fifth Grade Guitar, Violin Lessons

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Cross-Country, Track and Field

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.   

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 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.
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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.
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