Gig Harbor Academy

Gig Harbor Academy


Kindergarten has worked hard on their young author books this term. Each student writes and illustrates their own story.

This is a big project for kindergarteners, but their hard work pays off when they see their final product. It is something they were very proud of and are eager to share with others.
Open House Reception:
TODAY! 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM*
*(please note time change)
Gig Harbor Civic Center

Join us this afternoon to view student artwork & enjoy some refreshments:

Gig Harbor Academy has student artwork on display during the month of May at the Gig Harbor Civic Center located on Grandview Street. Kindergarten through 5th Grade students will be represented in the show, which is open to the public daily. Stop by to view the artwork on display and speak with GHA art teacher, Ana Steel!

Felicidades to our students for putting on an estupendo show!
We love our teachers!
Thank you, teachers!
Join us TODAY, down by the pavilion, at 1 pm for Global Hispanic Fiesta!
Please join us TOMORROW for Global Hispanic Fiesta! A GHA tradition, this celebration intends to promote cultural awareness of the diverse Spanish-speaking countries throughout the world. We will showcase our students' achievements at the school by featuring various performances from Kindergarten through Fifth grade and the Adventurers - Kindergarten Prep.

We are looking for a few parents to help us (serving lunch to Kinder - Prep through 5th Grade 11:45). Please ontact the office if you can help!
The Book Fair and Spirit Week are in progress...tomorrow is Pajama Day, show your spirit!
Spirit Week continues: Dress like your favorite book character tomorrow!
Spirit week is here! Tomorrow is crazy hair day!

Gig Harbor Academy is an independent private school for Preschool through Fifth Grade learners on te

Celebrating over 45 years of joyful discovery, Gig Harbor Academy takes advantage of the natural sense of wonder that arise in a child’s expanding life experiences and turns that curiosity into educational opportunities. Our faculty embrace an inquiry-based approach to teaching, and our students enjoy myriad field-based experiences to enhance their learning. Gig Harbor Academy offers an expansive

Operating as usual

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 03/19/2023

Thank you to ALL who contributed to GHA's "Denim & Diamonds" Auction: in-person, online, behind the scenes and on the stage! Your generosity helps us to continue to realize our vision of "an education beyond the classroom" and we're so grateful!

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 03/17/2023

Tomorrow's the GHA Auction! Whether or not you can join us in-person, you can participate online:

Help support this year’s Fund-a-Need project to create an Outdoor Learning Space! We will transform and revamp our current archeological dig site to include areas for play, learning, and an additional opportunity to extend our “Education Beyond the Classroom “ on our beautiful 10 acre campus! We dream of a covered outdoor space that enhances our learning with sustainable and environmentally friendly materials, native plants, and natural elements.

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 03/16/2023

Thank you to Miss Erica for sharing her background in Irish Dancing with our early childhood classes today to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and for lending her talent to our after-school enrichment offerings this year!

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 03/13/2023

It wouldn't be the week of the Annual Auction without the homemade jam and smoked cheese sale, courtesy of GHA Alum Parent, Kat Wilson! 100% OF THE PROCEEDS GO TO GHA! We are so appreciative of Kat's generosity. Swing by the courtyard Tues-Wed, fittingly surrounded by the spring bulbs that are starting to pop up and that were lovingly planted by Kat over her many years at GHA.


Gather round! Getting an up-close and personal look at a science experiment in Ms. Ashley's pre-k class connected to recent read-alouds about clouds and the weather.


Science Specialist Ms. Janie shared her highlight of the week as challenging our third graders to create an original game or activity to apply their understanding of magnetic force and then teach a Kindergarten little buddy how to play. What fun!


A peek into a typical week at GHA. Where are the desks and chairs, you may ask? We use them too, but our learners tend to be huddled together, on the move, or outdoors!

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 03/02/2023

Happy Move Up Day! Our rising K-5th graders spent the morning in their upcoming grade-level's classroom to get a glimpse into what's to come next year. Our soon-to-be middle schoolers enjoyed an incredible Washington State wildlife exhibition courtesy of Tacoma Nature Center too!


It may be mid-winter, but we're thinking summer! The summer camp catalog will be sent out again in this evening's e-news if you missed it last week. Sign-up at:


Curious about K-5? Share your morning with us on Tuesday, March 7 from 9-10am to learn about the GHA elementary experience in anticipation of the '23/24 school year. RSVP requested: [email protected].


Happy 100th Day of School! First Grade wowed us with some fraction facts at the Friday assembly to mark the milestone.

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 02/16/2023

We love our community and its small businesses! Yesterday, GHA third graders delivered valentines to an assortment of locally-operated shops in the Harbor. Hoping they felt the love!

Gig Harbor Academy 02/13/2023

Gig Harbor Academy

Prospective families are invited to join us Tuesday, March 7 from 9-10am for an open house style event focused on our elementary offerings for the '23/24 school year. One recent guest shared, "It was a delight touring this morning! We really fell in love with the school." See for yourself and RSVP to our K-5 Preview Day: [email protected]

Gig Harbor Academy An independent private school in Gig Harbor Washington, Gig Harbor Academy is a coed school serving young minds from ages preschool through fifth grade and offering childcare and summer camp.


We had another visit from our friend Mr. Chris with Pierce Conservation District. He taught 3rd-5th grades about Riparian Zones. Did you know that the land next to an estuary is just as important as the stream itself? Wide natural areas are necessary to provide shade, attract bugs and filter ground water to keep a stream happy. The depletion of these areas largely influence the salmon population decline. In response, we built models of a “dream stream” to show a healthy habitat for salmon.


Sliding into the weekend after another action-packed week of learning at GHA! A student-centered, inquiry-based approach is at the heart of our elementary program. Schedule a personal tour or RSVP to our March 7th K-5 Preview Day to experience the GHA difference. [email protected]


Lovely words from one of yesterday's K-5 Preview Day guests. Schedule a tour and experience how GHA's elementary program offers an education beyond the classroom!


Meet the newest additions to our 4th grade classroom from Minter Creek Hatchery! As we welcomed this experiential learning opportunity INTO the classroom, we also sent our learners OUT to the field. Kindergarten and 1st grades enjoyed the Pierce College Science Dome's immersive and interactive planetarium today.


Authors abound at GHA! Our first and third grade classes are showcasing winter writing to their families and other grade-levels today. GHA parents and caregivers are an integral part of our community, and we understand students thrive when given authentic audiences and purposes to share their learning.


May this MLK Jr. Day spark reflection, inspiration and action. GHA students explored his legacy in developmentally-responsive ways: our Kindergarteners presented themes from his life at the school assembly, while our upper-elementary students responded to music from the Civil Rights era and are drafting "I Have a Dream" papers of their own connected to racial justice, the climate, and more.


An education beyond the classroom looks like a middle schooler in Arizona recognizing GHA Art and Ms. Ana upon placing in a state-wide art competition! Congratulations Cayden, and thank you for the shout-out!


RSVP for our K-5 Preview Day, Thursday, Jan. 26 from 11am-12pm, to learn more! [email protected]

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 01/10/2023

Then and now! A GHA parent sent us this photo of her sister and friend attending school here -- nearly 40 years ago! Can you guess where it was taken on campus? Maintaining its values of student-centered, experiential learning, GHA has grown from a one-room schoolhouse to now serving preschool to fifth grade learners who represent 17 zip codes!

Gig Harbor Academy 01/09/2023

Gig Harbor Academy

Admissions for the '23/24 school year has begun! As you consider elementary options for your children, we invite you to experience Gig Harbor Academy by joining us for a K-5 Preview Day. From 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday, Jan. 26, tour our ten-acre campus, meet faculty, administrators, and students, and discover how we offer an education beyond the classroom. For adults only, please register at: [email protected]

Gig Harbor Academy An independent private school in Gig Harbor Washington, Gig Harbor Academy is a coed school serving young minds from ages preschool through fifth grade and offering childcare and summer camp.


Welcome back, GHA! School's open and so is our online spiritwear shop in partnership with Harbor Graphics. Now through Jan. 15, stock up on T's, hoodies, and hats showcasing our new logo in toddler, youth and adult sizes.


Please allow us to reintroduce ourselves to you! Check out our new website and learn how we offer an education beyond the classroom at GHA!

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 12/13/2022

Bravo to our GHA musicians and Mr. Simon who spread the holiday cheer last night at the Winter Music Concert! 👏👏👏


GHA Specialist teachers representing on Ugly Sweater Day! Be sure to swing by the Library today after school or tomorrow morning for the Book Fair.

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 12/07/2022

What are these second grade scientists examining? 🤔 Dead bald faced hornets found in a nest on campus. 🐝 We follow our students' curiosities in tandem with the limitless learning opportunities our own backyard offers. Schedule a tour to experience it firsthand!


2-HOUR LATE START: Due to icy road conditions, Gig Harbor Academy will have a 2-hour late start Monday, 12/5. K-5 drop-off will begin at 10:35am. Evergreen and Kindergarten Prep classes will begin at 11am. There will be no Explorers Preschool class. Be safe!


Reveling in the wintry weather this week! If a snow-covered campus wasn't enough to lift the spirits, remember that next week (12/5-12/9) is the Scholastic Book Fair and Spirit Week at GHA. Dress-up days are listed in both classroom and school-wide newsletters.


2-HOUR LATE START: Due to icy road conditions, Gig Harbor Academy will have a 2-hour late start today, Thursday, 12/1. K-5 drop-off will begin at 10:35am. Evergreen and Kindergarten Prep classes will begin at 11am. There will be no Explorers Preschool class today. Keep warm and drive safely!

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 11/29/2022

Outdoor PE and "small moments" writing -- snow edition! ❄️


Family, dinosaurs, and fire trucks are just a few of the things our Evergreen preschoolers named on their gratitude tree. We're grateful for our GHA community this Thanksgiving.

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 11/19/2022

An education beyond the classroom means learning in the field -- students and teachers alike, near and far! Here are third-fifth graders at Donkey Creek this afternoon and Teacher Diana saying hello from her studies in Italy!


A beautiful Fall day for a leaf chromatography and pigment molecule experiment in Science! 🍂🌿🍁🌱

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 11/16/2022

'Tis the season for gratitude -- from a heartfelt parent testimonial to a 3rd-5th grade thankfulness project. It also wouldn't be the week before Thanksgiving without holiday garlands and wreaths arriving, thanks to our amazing SFN team!

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 11/14/2022

The GHA Difference? SEVEN specialist-taught classes that engage the whole child and enrich the core content areas: Art, Library, Music, PE, Science, Spanish and Technology. Inquire today about the limited openings and financial aid options available in K-5.


As much as we enjoy sending our students OUT into the field, we equally love inviting our parents and families IN to our classrooms! Pictured here, a third grade campfire-style author's celebration and our fourth and fifth grade Spanish projects. The GHA Difference includes easy, open, and ongoing connection to your child's education.


If you attended last night's Annual General Meeting, you got the first look at our new logo + tagline and walked away with a GHA car window sticker fresh off the press! We are excited to continue to showcase HOW we provide an education beyond the classroom and to unveil more of the re-design over the coming weeks, including a school store for apparel/swag and a new website.

Our Story

Celebrating over 40 years of joyful discovery, Gig Harbor Academy takes advantage of the natural questions that arise in a child’s expanding life experiences and turns that curiosity into educational opportunities. Gig Harbor Academy 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, allowing children to get lost in learning…not in the crowd. All of this takes place on a ten-acre campus, bordered by wetlands, where children are engaged in environmental awareness, stewardship, and natural observations.

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2019-20 GHA Annual Fund campaign video
Rocket launching at GHA
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Makey Makey Floor Piano
Swimming ducks at Gig Harbor Academy!
The ducks are learning to swim!
Alleyoop Concert - January 26th




6820 32nd Street NW
Gig Harbor, WA

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm

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