Top Schools

Besides a great quality of life, many families move to Bainbridge Island for the  award-winning public schools. Island schools consistently rank among the best at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

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Here are just a few reasons Bainbridge Island has top schools:

  • Bainbridge Island is the #1 rated safest school district in the Seattle area.
  • U.S. News & World Report awarded Bainbridge High a Gold Medal, placing it in the top 500 in the nation.
  • BISD students’ state assessment scores consistently rank in the top 5 school districts in the state.
  • BHS ranked #6 in Washington State and #212 in the U.S.
  • BHS was designated as #68 in the U.S. in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools for Math and Science.”
  • Blakely Elementary School was recognized as a Title I, Part A Academic Achievement School (1 of 7 Washington State schools) based on its math or reading assessment scores.
  • Eagle Harbor High School (smaller, multi-age program in BISD) has been awarded “Schools of Distinction” designation four times, as a result of its outstanding student achievement on the Washington State High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE).
  • Odyssey Multiage 7th/8th grade program was also designated as one of the 2012 “Schools of Distinction” for student achievement on the Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP).
  • Washington Achievement Awards have been given to BHS, Eagle Harbor High School, Woodward Middle School, Odyssey Multiage Program and Wilkes Elementary School over the past five years.
  • In 2004, Woodward Middle School received the National Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education for academically superior schools acting as “national models of excellence.” Woodward was the only middle school in Washington to receive this award that year, and there were only 25 middle schools designated nationwide.
  • In 2014, the Washington State Board of Education school achievement index for 2012-2013 ranked Blakely Elementary School #1 in the State (ref).
  • In 2014, the Washington State Board of Education school achievement index for 2012-2013 ranked South Bainbridge Island as the Puget Sound top region neighborhoods (as ranked by school performance (ref).
  • Ordway, Blakely Win State’s 2015 Washington Achievement Award (ref)
  • Bainbridge High School Ranks Among U.S. News & World Report’s Gold-medal Schools in 2016 (ref)
  • Captain Johnston Blakely Elementary, Captain Charles Wilkes Elementary, Ordway Elementary and Odyssey Multiage Earned Washington Achievement Awards for the 2016 Academic School Year (ref)

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Within the Bainbridge Island School District are specialized schools-within-a-school, such as our Odyssey Multiage School, Spanish Immersion program and homeschooling curriculum coordination.

Besides an amazing selection of public school choices, the island offers numerous private schools, Montessori, parochial and secular, for all levels of education and all students’ needs.

And we haven’t even considered the myriad island preschools for your little tikes, like Montessori, Waldorf and cooperative-style educational programs…

Bainbridge has a way of making a quality education fun for all ages!

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