Spring Street International School

  • Spring Street students learn to see their families, their home communities, and ultimately themselves as participants in a much larger world.
  • An individualized academic program hones the language and theoretical tools necessary for collaborative thinking in the humanities, arts, and sciences.
  • Our unique location on the Pacific Rim, in a small town at the center of the Salish Sea just 70 miles north of Seattle, invites students to put theory into practice on expeditions that build individual character and group cooperation, preparing each student for success in American higher education, business, and life.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1995

Student Body

Total Students117 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
16%
State avg.: 23%
Students by GradeSpring Street International School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers19 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses4 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Calculus AB/BC, AP Comparative Government & Politics, AP English Language & Composition
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$15,800
Tuition NotesAbove tuition is for day students. Boarding students have a different tuition.
% on Financial Aid
62%
Average Financial Aid Grant$6,000
Acceptance Rate
90%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKrista Strutz

Sports

Total Sports Offered14 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringFootball,
GolfLacrosse,
SailingSoccer,
SoftballSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWrestling,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.11 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Boxing, Chess Club, Creative Writing, Diplomacy (board game), Lap Swim, Photography, School Paper, Stock Investing, Video Projects, Weight Lifting, Yoga

School Notes

Mission
We mentor students to achieve: 
  • Academic mastery: the critical thinking skills, depth of knowledge, and complex reasoning necessary for scholarly excellence at the university level; 
  • Internal strength: the confidence and discipline to navigate life's complex choices and to achieve individual success; 
  • Perspective: an appreciation of the breadth and diversity of the world and its cultures, promoting tolerance, respect for others, and compassion; 
  • Integrity: honesty, ethical behavior, and a commitment to the common good.
Philosophy

Our programs are rooted in academic rigor and a progressive educational philosophy and individual development, embodied in three key principles:
  1. We meet students at their own levels, ensuring we look at them as individuals with the capacity to succeed;
  2. We vary our teaching methods to reach different students, including experiential travel and work outside the classroom;
  3. Our teachers teach students, not classes, striving to educate the whole person, developing a capacity to think in depth.

Program

Approximately two-thirds of day students come from San Juan Island. Others commute by ferry from Orcas, Shaw and Lopez Islands. Fifteen students from greater Washington State and Asia board at the school's dormitory. A unique island setting allows for diverse educational experiences and a broad range of perspectives. The school balances an intensive academic program and experiential education. AP courses in Calculus, Environmental Science, History, and Art complement wilderness adventures, field trips, and an overseas field study program. Students learn to put theory into practice, promoting individual growth and group leadership.

History

Spring Street International School was opened in the fall of 1995 by Ted and Peg Hope at the urging of students and parents seeking a rigorous academic program responsive to the skill levels and interests of individual students. The school is approved by the Washington State Board of Education to serve students in grades six through twelve. Spring Street School is accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, and is a Candidate Member of the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools. As an independent school, it is registered as a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Trustees and is committed to independence of control by any government, church agency, or special interest group.

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  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
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Small and rural community. Spring Street International School is a family. Faculty members meet students at their individual academic level. There is an emphasis on experiential education. SSIS travels as a school once in the fall, and once in the spring. This gives students a broad perspective of the world.
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Spring Street International School has been absolutely life-changing for my daughter. While traditional, parochial and public schools tend to limit kids and box them into prefabricated and immutable academic programs, Spring Street can tailor students' learning individually. So if your child is strong in math but has challenges in other subjects, Spring Street can work with that. If your child obsesses about art, Spring Street can help her to soar with it.Additionally, the school trips (which include destinations like Tibet and China) offer an unparalleled window to fascinating and beautiful places in the world for the students - and, more importantly, exposure to other cultures.I asked my daughter what she would like to add to this review, and she said, "Spring Street is amazing - it's like a second family for me - one that has a culture of its own, and one that introduces me to *other* cultures."Plus, the town of Friday Harbor is one of the safest small towns in Washington state (and, by extension, the country), in one of the most beautiful places on earth (truly).As my daughter says, "Spring Street is amazing."
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Being a teacher for 25 years, I've been looking for a place where I got to meet student needs as I saw fit. Having both of my daughters benefit from this school has been blown me away as well. I love this school and am blessed to be a part of it.
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