Island Christian Academy

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Located on beautiful Whidbey Island, Island Christian Academy is committed to building a strong Biblical, spiritual, moral, ethical, and academic foundation in students in preparation for any endeavor into which God may lead them.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS)
Religious AffiliationChristian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedBarton tutoring available
Year Founded1990
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students117 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
2%
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade Island Christian Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size14 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Clean, neat, and modest)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition ranges from $3300 - $5500 per year per student.

School Notes

  • Mission Statement       
  • At ICA we integrate faith and learning in a nurturing environment as we partner with parents to develop students who love the learning process and internalize a truly Christian world view.
  • Placing a child in a Christian school is one of the biggest decisions parents can make.  We believe parents are looking for a nurturing and formative experience in an environment which shares values similar to their own. Island Christian Academy (ICA) welcomes the opportunity and awesome responsibility of partnering with parents to educate their children for the glory of God.  Island Christian Academy has made a firm commitment to God and faith in Christ.
  • Students study the Bible and relate it to every subject. They are encouraged to apply these principles to their own lives and to look for opportunities to serve the Lord. The academic emphasis is to create passion for learning with a reverence for God.
  • We endeavor to develop basic skills as a foundation of knowledge that will serve each student throughout life. We also want them to learn how to acquire knowledge, have an inquiring mind, think critically and solve problems.
  • Our mission is to equip students to deal with the world. Ideas and practices in opposition to the Christian faith will be considered in the classroom as they relate to the subject being studied.  The goal is to develop the student's ability to see the world through a biblical lens.  ICA endeavors to help each student realize his/her full potential.  As a result, each student is held to a high standard of self-discipline.  
  • Students are expected to listen and to respond to each other with an attitude of love.  ICA recognizes the need to provide proper balance among spiritual, academic and physical activities. The school endeavors to educate the whole person without neglecting any area or emphasizing one at the expense of another.
  • Island Christian Academy is a non-denominational school with a desire to enter into training and nurturing partnerships with families from various backgrounds.   We believe truth is derived from the Word of God as presented in the Bible and teach basic Christian doctrine that would align with the beliefs of most evangelical believers (see Statement of Faith).  

Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school to Island Christian Academy is Solomon International School (12.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school and preschool is Whidbey Island Waldorf School (4.6 miles away)
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School Reviews

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Island Christian Academy is one of the best kept secrets on Whidbey Island, in my opinion. I started my Son at the public school for Kindergarten. Unfortunately he was a bit lost in the large class, overwhelmed by the routine, he was a bit small and already experienced being picked on by the bigger boys, and unfortunately just stayed quiet most of the year in class. Once I toured ICA, met teachers, heard from other parents, and reassessed our budget, I enrolled my Son for the next year. I never thought I would pay for school since we really have some quality schools on the island, but I know how important early intervention is for our kiddos and how much they absorb and take home from their school environment. It did mean some extra work hours and cuts in our budget, but in comparison to other private schools on or off the island, it was very reasonable. We are now entering our third year in this school. I feel like this is my "best spent money." My kiddo has learned so much, his teachers are beyond amazing, and the comfort I feel dropping him off and knowing he is so well nurtured and cared for makes all the difference. I`m not as involved in the school since I`m working a bit more, but it`s ok since the teachers are in such close contact and the quarterly lunches, awards include all of us parents/grandparents in such a special way. It is a small school, so there are often a couple of grades combined, which is a nice benefit for learning. The kids get to advance a bit if they are not quite challenged with their work or might need a little more help if they aren`t ready to move on yet-not everyone has to be at the same level at all times. It is a classical model and the expectation is high, but with constant positive reinforcement and guidance along the way. The kids are all about a year ahead in math without really realizing it. The school puts on quarterly awards and the kids will receive special recognition quite often- it could for behavior, grades, kindness, leadership, or whatever the teacher sees that they are doing well towards. It`s also a time when they might recite/perform something as a class, getting a bit of experience from an early age of being in front of an audience. This is such a nice way to ease them into public speaking and presentations as they get older, and since they start from an early age with friends and family in the audience it`s usually fun and not so scary. One of my favorite aspects of the school is how the older kids become mentors to the younger kids. The kids are divided up into 4 groups that work together throughout the year-made up of all ages. They compete with games, points, projects and are rewarded with a special fieldtrip at the end of the year. The younger kids are not so intimidated by the older kids and look up to their example. The older kids are taught service of the community and school so they lead by example. They have band, electives, and it's easy to join in sports/activities at the public school or the sports/rec program for their age at the park nearby. I could go on as I feel that I`m so blessed to have this opportunity for my Son and am part of such a special community.
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