About Gig Harbor Academy

Established in 1976, Gig Harbor Academy is the oldest private school in Gig Harbor. Originally founded as a one-room schoolhouse amidst 10 acres of natural surroundings, children from aged two through fifth grade continue to educate in an environment that encourages them to think freely for themselves and develop a love for learning.

Gig Harbor Academy continues to follow its guiding principles by providing experiential, inquiry-based learning. When students have questions they are encouraged and supported and given the tools to find the answers as they learn through joyful discovery. Gig Harbor Academy expands the walls of its classroom by taking advantage of its sprawling campus. Students are encouraged to explore the world around them whether they are discovering in the wetlands, working on a real-world assignment in the certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom®, or recreating outside at recess or during P.E.

In a world that is a fast-changing place, Gig Harbor Academy empowers every student to be seen and heard. Every member of the GHA community supports each student's individual learning journey as they take responsibility for ensuring each child's personal success.

The elementary school offers classes for children, Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, as well as before and after school daycare. GHA also operates part-time and full-day early child programming for children beginning at the age 2.

Gig Harbor Academy offers full day Childcare for children beginning at age 2 1/2 in addition to before and after school daycare. The childcare facility is located on the GHA campus where it shares the school’s playground and extensive outdoor opportunities.

To schedule a personal tour, contact the admissions office at 253-265-2150. Or select Admissions for more information.

Non-Discrimination: Gig Harbor Academy does not discriminate in admission or the provision of childcare on the basis of the child’s or the parents’/guardians’ race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability: provided, that behavior or actions constituting a risk to property or other persons can be grounds for refusal to serve.