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West Sound Academy At a Glance

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 computer lab, three science labs, three teaching studios (art, 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
Typical class size
Average class size
Library volumes
Research databases
7 to 1
7 to 18

Faculty Profile

16 full- and part-time faculty members
75% of faculty have advanced degrees
8 administrative staff members


WSA has 103 students in 2014-2015
41 in Middle School and 62 in Upper School
55 girls, 48 boys
33% are students of color
24% are international students
7 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 2014-2015 school year:
Domestic Middle School:
Domestic Upper School:  
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 and arts curriculum designed to prepare students for college:
Grades 11-12
Grades 9-10
Grades 6-9
International Baccalaureate Degree Programme (IBDP)
Selection of challenging college preparatory courses
   in the six academic areas of the Diploma Programme
Pre-IBDP course of study
Curriculum stresses critical and disciplined thinking, effective communication and scientific analysis, and creative problem solving.
Skills introduced and reinforced in the classroom, including critical reading, critical writing, and document analysis and evaluation, will prepare students for the rigors of the Diploma Programme and for success in college after their years at West Sound.
Graduates leave West Sound Academy with the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.
Click here for more details on the International Baccalaureate Degree Programme.

College Placement

100% of the Class of 2014 admitted to college
Average merit scholarship per student applying to American institutions, Class of 2014:                    $80,800
WSA graduates, 2010-2014, enrolled at 33 four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad, including: Colorado College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Quest University Canada, Pacific Northwest College of Art,  Umeå University (Sweden), University of California, Berkeley, University of Puget Sound (2), University of Washington, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Western Washington University (4), Whitworth College, and Willamette University (2)


West Sound Academy has a Bring Your Own Laptop Computer policy.  (See BYOD page 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.

Campus Life

Co-Curricular Activities:   Clubs, committes, and teams spanning 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 Club, Lego League, Pottery, Ultimate Frisbee, Archery, and Karate.
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS):  All WSA students are encouraged to engage in CAS activities alongside their academic studies, followed by documentation and reflection.   Click here for more details on CAS.
Friday Night Student Activities:  Monthly evening activities - dances, movie nights, live music performances - planned for and by WSA students
Frodel Gallery:  WSA's own gallery hosts work by local professional artists each month; artists speak at school assemblies and appear at evening receptions
Performance Art:  Annual school drama productions; presentations by documentary film and music students
FAQ: Why Is There a Cow in Baker Hall?

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 work together on service projects for the school. The advocate meets with students and their parents for occasional conferences during the school year.
Jan-Term:  During Jan-Term the normal class schedule is suspended and students study just one intensive class of their choice for three weeks.  Past Jan-Term offerings have included Money Management, French Language Immersion in Montréal, Rube Goldberg (invention creation), Outdoor Photography,  Cajun Culture and Cuisine, Polystyrene 3-D Sculpture, and Music Ensemble.
Experiential Education:  Fall and Spring Trips take WSA students into real world settings from remote wilderness sites, to working ranches, to urban museums all the while teaching leadership, environmental ethics, and technical skills. These challenging 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.


International Baccalaureate World School, Diploma Programme
AdvancED, Northwest Accreditation Commission
Subscriber School, Northwest Association of Independent Schools
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