Gig Harbor Academy

Gig Harbor Academy

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Gig Harbor Academy is an independent private school for Preschool through Fifth Grade learners on ten, wooded acres in Gig Harbor, WA.

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

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Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 03/18/2024

Our community showed up for GHA this weekend at the Take Flight Annual Auction at the Vintage Air Museum! ✈️ Thank you to all! ✨


A heartfelt THANK YOU to each of our auction sponsors! We are so excited for tomorrow's event and appreciate these organizations' support and partnership. The Silent Auction is open online. Get a jump start on bidding by visiting our auction website:


📣 The Silent Auction starts today! ✨ Whether or not you are able to join us in person at the Gig Harbor Vintage Air Museum this Saturday, you can support the Take Flight with Gig Harbor Academy Annual Auction now. Visit the auction website to begin bidding and show your support for an education beyond the classroom! 🔗

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 03/12/2024

GHA offers a joyful, hands-on learning experience. Inquire about the remaining openings in the '24/25 Morning Preschool and Afternoon Pre-K classes and the Financial Aid options for K-5 students today! Email: [email protected]


May you be as relaxed as these Kindergarteners, who selected a "spa moment" for reaching their class goal! 🤣


Now's the time to take a closer look at GHA as you consider schools for the 24/25 academic year. We have available openings in next year's part-time offerings for 3 and 4 year olds, and we are prioritizing placement in the full-day classes for siblings of K-5 students. Schedule a tour to learn more about our preschool-5th grade experience, which includes Financial Aid opportunities beginning in Kindergarten.


Time flies! These 5th graders had fun recreating a photo from their 1st grade year at GHA, goggles placement and all! The elementary experience at GHA centers a love for learning and inquiry with the deep connections students can make to their school community, the outdoors, and within themselves -- a strong foundation for launching to middle school and beyond.


Join us tomorrow evening as we launch the 2024-29 Strategic Plan, the culmination of six months of inspiring and collaborative work to set the course for GHA's future. An adults-only event, beer, wine and light refreshments will be provided. See you there!

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 02/28/2024

GHA's identity is inextricably to its campus, where students develop an authentic sense of connection to the outdoors and are invited to think, question, and create as expansively as their surroundings. Schedule a campus tour to experience it firsthand in anticipation of the '24/25 school year! [email protected]


Welcome back from mid-winter break, GHA!


Hooray for 100 days of active and inspired learning at GHA!


Who's excited to hang out with their school friends at GHA's Bowling Night at Ocean5? We'll see you this Thursday, 2/15! Arrive around 5:30 pm to settle in and then bowling begins at 6:00 pm. Bowling is free; food/drinks are on your own. Thank you to our amazing SFN leaders for continually bringing the fun and deepening community!


Love is in the air! GHA actively works to nurture a culture of care and belonging, where each child can experience being known and accepted by their classmates, other grade-levels, and the adults with whom they interact.


A place-based approach seeks the real-time, often on-the-fly opportunities to connect learning and inquiry to our environment. While you can certainly spot students at GHA in desks with paper and pencils, we delight at the chance to deepen learning beyond the confines of the classroom.

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 02/02/2024

Active learning in K/1st! Out of our seats and with clipboards in hand and classmates to collaborate with nearby.


All smiles as we return from yesterday's in-service day! Our faculty/staff dove into a variety of meaningful topics promoting cohesiveness across our early childhood and elementary programs. Always good to recharge together and even better to welcome back our students!

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 01/26/2024

Want to know what a school is really like? Ask a student! Our 5th graders proudly represented GHA during our K-5 Open House this week. Students volunteered their time to welcome prospective families, take them on a tour of the classrooms, and share what they love about our school. Thanks, 5th grade, for demonstrating your poise and leadership!

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 01/24/2024

Who's having more fun? The teacher or students? Our 3rd/4th graders learned about the physics concept of springs in the most experiential (and hilarious) way. Boing!


The The Seattle Times recently asked its readers to consider the Norwegian principle of "friluftsliv," a commitment to connecting with nature regardless of the weather. Take it from our preschoolers: There's no such thing as bad weather, just wrong clothing!

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 01/18/2024

Thank you to Mr. Simon, our preschool through 5th grade musicians, and the Heart Church on Fox Island for graciously hosting our Winter Music Concert!


GHA was established as a one-room schoolhouse nearly 50 years ago, and has grown to now serve about 180 students, preschool through 5th grade. While the school continues to evolve, its roots in the Gig Harbor community are deep and its commitment to the guiding principles of a student-centered, experiential learning environment connected to nature remain steadfast. Learn more:


Get a closer look at the GHA elementary experience by attending our K-5 Open House on Thursday, 1/25 at 9:30 am. RSVP: [email protected]

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Many thanks to GHA mom, Rachel Manahan, who was a guest speaker in K/1st Science, sharing about her work in neuroscience. The class made their own neurons, explored a brain model, and were inspired by a career in science!

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 01/08/2024

Siblings sightings! A Preschool through 5th Grade school setting allows families to stay intact in Early Childhood through Elementary. In addition to streamlining family schedules, it makes for sweet meet-ups on campus like these! Learn about our K-5 Program at our Open House, 1/25, 9:30 am. [email protected]


Sometimes "meeting each child where they're at" means literally on the floor, as was the case for this Science lesson with Ms. Janie. 😉 Join us for our K-5 Open House, 1/25, to experience our student-centered approach firsthand! 📨 RSVP: [email protected]


Happy New Year! We are warmly inviting prospective K-5 families to RSVP for our Open House later this month as we launch into the '24/25 admissions cycle. GHA families, tell a friend and help us spread the word!

Photos from Gig Harbor Academy's post 12/15/2023

And like that, the '23 side of the '23/24 school year has come to a close! Thank you for joining Mr. Simon and co for a wintery sing-along this morning. Wishing our entire GHA community, past and present, a wonderful holiday, and we'll see you in the new year!


That's a wrap! Bravo to the W***y Wonka Kids cast on their performance last night and a big thank you to for running this after-school enrichment program with us! Stay tuned in the new year for Winter Enrichment offerings!


Oh, what fun! We have a couple more festive days before the Winter Break: As a reward for meeting our Holiday Helper Book Drive Goal, all students are invited to wear PJ's tomorrow, Thurs, 12/14, and please plan to join us under the Pavilion on Fri, 12/15 at 11:00 am for hot cocoa, candy canes, and a winter sing-along!

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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
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Q13 Fox: Virtual Field Trip
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Swimming ducks at Gig Harbor Academy!
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6820 32nd Street NW
Gig Harbor, WA

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 4pm
Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 4pm
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