About the School
Gig Harbor Academy, a coeducational independent school in Gig Harbor, WA, was established in 1976 on ten acres of trees and wetlands as a one-room school house where children were taught in an environment that encouraged them to think freely for themselves and develop a love of learning. The school has grown substantially over the past years to serve upper elementary grades with an enrollment today of 144 students. Gig Harbor has retained a strong sense of family and community that is truly the core of its institutional culture despite the school’s growth.
Gig Harbor Academy – Empowering Joyful Discovery
Vision Statement: We empower young minds through joyful discovery, create a passion for critical thinking, and unlock the potential in every student.
Mission Statement: At Gig Harbor Academy we send independent thinkers into society with the goal of positively impacting the world. We do this through living our core values of Integrity, Critical Thinking, Empathy, Creativity, and Community, and through creating a student-centered and inclusive environment. By embracing the individual learning styles and passions of our students, we tailor our approach, engage each child in a uniquely meaningful way, and cultivate their joy of discovery.
The school’s mission statement reflects its focus on the academic rigor of learning while retaining perspective on the growth and development of the whole child within a nurturing community of classmates, faculty, and parents. The mission statement speaks of “engaging each student in a unique and meaningful way” which is embraced by tailoring learning approaches to the needs of the individual child. The school’s core values of community, empathy, and critical thinking emphasize a shared perspective that learning is a collaborative journey where developmentally appropriate intellectual risk-taking is supported and discovery is celebrated. The focus of GHA’s approach focuses on the young child with an emphasis on the excitement of exploration and the joy of learning.
Gig Harbor Academy is a learning community based upon the mutual respect of all members. The school’s core strength is the positive energy of faculty, students, and parents with the sense that everyone is on a common journey of learning and that every member can make a valuable contribution.
GHA is a candidate member in the Northwest Association of Independent Schools and is approved by the State of Washington Office of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Washington State Board of Education. GHA also operates a fully licensed childcare facility. This is a unique opportunity to be the Head of a small school with great possibilities.
About Gig Harbor
Gig Harbor, a quaint town with just over 7,000 people, is located at the south end of the Kitsap Peninsula about 10 miles northwest of Tacoma, WA. Gig Harbor, the “gateway to the Olympic Peninsula”, is an inviting place to live with its access to several state and city parks and an historic waterfront. The picturesque Narrows Bridge links Gig Harbor to Tacoma, a mid-sized urban port city sitting on the southern banks of Puget Sound, approximately 35 miles south of Seattle. Tacoma is known for the Museum of Glass, which has works by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. You can kayak or walk the beaches of Puget Sound or hike Mt Rainier which is just 60 miles away.
Applications due by November 25th. Search committee will meet in early December with interviews in mid-December. Finalists to visit in January.
How to Apply
Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following documents by November 25th, 2019:
- EC Candidate Summary Sheet (contact Joan Beauregard for this document)
- Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee
- Current Resume
- Statement of Educational Philosophy
- A list of five or more references with contact information (name, relationship to candidate and contact information – phone and email addresses)
- Up to three letters of reference (optional)
Application materials are to be sent in a single Word document or PDF.
Please address any inquiries or expressions of interest to:
Joan Beauregard, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC