Established in 1976, Gig Harbor Academy is the oldest private school in Gig Harbor, Washington.
Originally founded as a one-room schoolhouse on ten acres of natural surroundings, Gig Harbor Academy has grown into a vibrant school community that invites preschool through fifth grade students to think expansively and develop a love for learning.
Gig Harbor Academy continues to follow its guiding principles by embracing a student-centered approach to teaching and by upholding experiential, inquiry-based learning.
In addition to myriad outdoor learning spaces, which includes a certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom, vast specialist offerings compliment the core academic content areas.
Discover how Gig Harbor Academy can empower your child`s learning journey.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
  • Enrollment: 175 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $15,820
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-5
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
175 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
Gig Harbor Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
Classroom Dress Code
There is no dress code at GHA

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition ranges from $2,080 for preschool to $16,375 for grades K-5
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Megan Snow


Total Sports Offered
4 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
7 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess, Robotics Team

Arts and Music Programs:
Art, Dance

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Cross-Country, Soccer, Track and Field

School Notes

  • Gig Harbor Academy seeks to empower young minds through joyful discovery, create a passion for critical thinking, and unlock the potential in every student. This vision imbues the entire school program, beginning in early childhood and developed through elementary. 
  • Gig Harbor Academy`s preschool is a fully-licensed, emergent curriculum-based program. Emergent learning allows each student to learn as a result of their own doing and recognizes the individuality of each child. The program promotes developmentally appropriate practices and provides opportunities for social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth. Gig Harbor Academy provides an environment where children can learn and play outdoors, develop their own ideas, and discover the world around them. Preschoolers experience Music, Physical Education, Science, and Spanish instruction, in addition to active learning with their classroom teacher. Part-time and full-time options are available.
  • Our fully-licensed Pre-K program is designed specifically for four and five year olds. This structured program focuses on developing each student`s academic and social emotional skills set in preparation for their entry into Kindergarten. The Pre-K program helps children develop independence, self-confidence, and curiosity through an inquiry-based approach. Pre-K students engage in Music, Physical Education, Science, and Spanish, in addition to visiting the Library. Pre-K graduates are poised to excel in GHA`s Kindergarten with foundational academic understandings, in addition to having experienced how to positively contribute to a classroom community. Part-time and full-time options are available.
  • Gig Harbor Academy`s elementary program invites Kindergarten through Fifth Graders into a student-centered, experiential learning journey. Teachers are equipped to recognize the individual needs of each student and partner closely with families to promote academic and social-emotional growth. Embracing an inquiry-based approach to instruction, students are empowered to generate questions, participate in collaborative and sustained investigation, and demonstrate understanding with informed action. Our expansive outdoor campus and connection to the community present creative opportunities to bring learning to life beyond the confines of a classroom. The core academic content areas are complimented by vast specialist offerings, including Art, Library, Music, Physical Education, Science, Spanish and Technology.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Gig Harbor Academy cost?

Gig Harbor Academy's tuition is approximately $15,820 for private students.

What is the acceptance rate of Gig Harbor Academy?

The acceptance rate of Gig Harbor Academy is 90%, which is higher than the national average of 85%.

What sports does Gig Harbor Academy offer?

Gig Harbor Academy offers 4 interscholastic sports: Cross Country, Dance, Soccer and Track and Field.

When is the application deadline for Gig Harbor Academy?

The application deadline for Gig Harbor Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
This is a wonderful school to send your kids to. The staff goes above and beyond in all aspects of education, safety, and building community. You can be assured that your children will be more than ready for middle school. I highly recommend this school to any family looking for a unique, special learning environment to send their children.
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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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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
  • Enrollment: 175 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $15,820
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Pierce County, WA is $9,816 for elementary schools and $12,998 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Pierce County, WA is 91% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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