West Sound Academy is an independent college preparatory school serving students in grades six through twelve, offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme in the junior and senior years.
West Sound Academy is located on a wooded, twenty-acre campus overlooking Liberty Bay in Poulsbo, Washington.
The school's four buildings include classrooms, a library, a technology center, three science labs, four teaching studios (art, theatre, dance, and music), an art gallery, and a Commons.
The outdoor setting and the magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains inspire students and staff. Outdoor facilities include an amphitheater, a playfield, and a sports court.
WSA by the Numbers
Student to teacher ratio: 8:1
Typical class size: 7 to 18
Average class size: 11
Library volumes: 3,700 (print)
Research databases: 27
16 full- and part-time faculty members
75% of faculty have advanced degrees
8 administrative staff members
WSA has 119 students in 2015-2016
47 in Middle School
72 in Upper School
33% are students of color
18% are international students
5 countries represented
West Sound Academy's domestic students typically come from all parts of the Kitsap Peninsula and Bainbridge Island, as well as from eastern Jefferson County.
Tuition & Financial Assistance
Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year:
Domestic Middle School: $15,711
Domestic Upper School: $17,356
International Students: Click Here
WSA's robust financial assistance program provides grants to local students to help make an IB Diploma education affordable. Financial decisions are made independently of the admissions process. For more information, see Tuition & Financial Assistance.
Rigorous academic curriculum designed to prepare students for college:
Grades 11-12: International Baccalaureate Degree Programme (IBDP)
The number of students completing the IB Diploma or IB Courses varies per class but averages to be 60%
Grades 9-10: Selection of challenging college preparatory courses in the six academic areas of the Diploma Programme
Grades 6-9: Pre-IBDP course of study
Click here for more details on the International Baccalaureate Degree Programme.
100% College Acceptance Rate
WSA graduates, 2012-2016, enrolled at 36 four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad, including: American University of Paris; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Lewis & Clark College; Michigan State University; Mount Holyoke College; Pomona College; Reed College; Savannah College of Art and Design; University of California-Santa Cruz; University of Portland; University of Puget Sound; University of Vermont; University of Virginia; University of Washington; University of Wisconsin-Madison; Western Washington University; Whitman College; Whitworth College; Willamette University.
West Sound Academy’s new Tech Center Classroom opened in Fall 2015, providing new learning opportunities in the fields of robotics, programming, 3-D design and graphic design. This supports the new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) initiative that WSA launched in 2013. The overall objectives of the Tech Center are to practice problem-solving, teamwork, making and programming.
West Sound Academy has a Bring Your Own Laptop Computer policy. (See BYOD for details.) WSA students learn appropriate use of technology so they can communicate effectively; collect, analyze, process, and present information; as well as master the technical skills necessary to succeed in college and later life.
Students are provided Google Apps accounts which include email and other online collaborative tools.
To best utilize online resources the school has a state of the art 10 MB+ fiber connection to the Internet with a campus-wide LAN and WiFi service.
Co-Curricular Activities: Clubs and teams span a wide range of interests, including: Knowledge Bowl, Student Council, Amnesty International, Yearbook, Mudpie (WSA's literary magazine), QSA at WSA (Queer-Straight Alliance), Social Committee, Lego League, Ultimate Frisbee, Archery, and Karate.
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS): All WSA students are required to engage in CAS activities alongside their academic studies, followed by documentation and reflection. Click here for more details on CAS.
Social Events: Students plan evening social events each semester including dances, game nights, music performances or poetry slams.
Frodel Gallery: WSA's own gallery occasionally hosts work by local professional artists
Performance Art: Annual school drama productions; presentations by documentary film and music students
FAQs: Why Is There a Cow in Baker Hall?
What Is the WSA Mascot?
Unique to WSA
Advocacy Program: A small group of students is paired with a teacher for one or more years. The advocacy groups meet on a weekly basis to discuss important issues and to record reflections on CAS activities completed by the student. The advocate meets with students, teachers and their parents for two formal conferences during the school year and on an as-needed basis. New students and their parents meet with the student’s advocate and teachers for “Get To Know You Conferences” in September.
June-Term: (previously Jan-Term) During June-Term the normal class schedule is suspended and students study two intensive classes of their choice for three weeks. Examples of June-Term offerings include: Money Management, French Language Immersion in France, Spanish Language Immersion in Spain, Rube Goldberg (invention creation), Star Trek’s Influence on Culture, Cajun Culture and Cuisine, Food Art, Craft Creations, Athletic Adventures, Gohn Dagow Martial Arts, Devised Theatre, and Music Ensemble.
Experiential Education: Trips in late spring take WSA students into real world settings from remote wilderness sites, to scientific retreats, to challenging sporting activities all the while teaching leadership, environmental ethics, and technical skills. These engaging outdoor adventures are opportunities for both environmental education and personal growth.
West Sound Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available by the school.
It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other protected classification under State, Federal, or Local Law in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, loan programs, and athletic or any other school-administered program.
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