Bainbridge Island Ranks 7 and 40 in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools

Bainbridge Island Ranked 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools

From U.S. News: The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. Read the full methodology.

Of 458 public high schools in Washington, Bainbridge Island High School ranked 7th and Eagle Harbor High School ranked 40th.

legendBainbridge Island High School Ranked 7 in 2015

legendEagle Harbor High School Ranked 40 in 2015

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Bainbridge High School, Wilkes Elementary, Blakely Elementary, and Ordway Elementary Receive 2014 Washington Achievement Awards

Bainbridge High School, Wilkes Elementary, Blakely Elementary, and Ordway Elementary Receive 2014 Washington Achievement AwardsBainbridge High School, Wilkes Elementary, Blakely Elementary and Ordway Elementary were all recognized for overall excellence by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Schools.

The awards, presented in 2015, were for 2014 academic results.

The awards recognize overall excellence, high progress, reading growth, math growth, extended graduation rate, and/or English language acquisition.

The four Bainbridge schools that received the awards were joined by 397 other schools across the State of Washington. There are approximately 2,275 public elementary and high schools in Washington State.

Learn more about the Washington Achievement Awards. List of 2014 award winners (.xls format).

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Bainbridge Island Schools Demonstrate Strong Performance on State Tests

While four-year trends remain stable, improvements in math at Ordway, Sakai, Woodward and Odyssey show good return for increased professional development

The Bainbridge Island School District continues to demonstrate powerful performance on Washington state assessments, including the Measures of
Student Progress (MSP), High School Proficiency Exam and End-of-Course (EOC) exams. Combined Bainbridge school test scores top state averages, and
report cards for Ordway Elementary School, Sakai Intermediate School, Woodward Middle School and the Odyssey Multiage Program showed an increased percentage of students meeting standards in math.

Bainbridge Island high school students show some of the strongest scores in the state. Ninety-six percent of 10th-grade students were proficient in
reading and 97 percent met or exceeded standards in writing. In addition, 94 percent to 97 percent of secondary students passed EOC exams in algebra,
geometry and biology.

The district’s report card showed progress in math MSP test scores, specifically in grades 3, 4, 6 and 8. At Ordway the 2013 third-grade cohort demonstrated great improvement, with a move from 64 percent to 86 percent meeting standards in the math MSP in 2014.

 “It’s a strong step in the right direction,” said Superintendent Faith Chapel. “These results show good returns for our increases in professional development in math.”

Starting in the spring of 2015, Washington’s assessments will change to a new system called Smarter Balanced for English language arts (formerly reading and writing) and math. Students in grades 5 and 8 will continue to take the science MSP.

Every family of a student who takes a state test receives a score report. Bainbridge families will receive the report via mail in the fall. The complete state and local report card is available at

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The Island School One of Four in State to Earn Level 3 Green Schools Certification

As reported on, “The Island School has joined a very small and exemplary group in our state. It is one of only four schools in Washington to achieve its third-year certification through the Washington Green Schools program, which helps guide schools toward greater environmental sustainability through a five-year process.”

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Is Bainbridge Island School District Enrollment Shrinking?

You may have read that our enrollment is shrinking, and inferred from what you read that we are losing students because we are in a losing competition with St. Cecelia’s or other private K-8 schools. We (the school board and the district administration) are well aware that our district faces shrinking enrollment, but we don’t think it’s due to competition from private schools. In fact, the district recently hired a professional demographer, one who specializes in demographic analysis for school districts, to look at our history and make projections for the future. His report shows that we are not alone in our county or in the greater Puget Sound region in facing the problem of shrinking enrollment. Even before the year of our highest enrollment (2005-006 school year), birth rates, employment rates and sales of new and existing homes were all down throughout Kitsap County and much of the rest of the Puget Sound region. Much of our enrollment decline is related to the economy, not to competition with private schools.

I, personally, am glad St. Cecelia’s exists on Bainbridge Island, as it is now the only K-8 Catholic school on the Kitsap peninsula north of Bremerton. Yes, part of the jump in St. Cecelia’s enrollment can be attributed to the fact that since they completed their beautiful addition, the Diocese consolidated its North Kitsap K-8 program to St. Cecelia’s, which now draws 30% of its students from off-island.  Faith-based schools like St. Cecelia’s, Garden Country School, and even Gateway Christian School in Poulsbo offer Bainbridge parents something we, as a state-funded public school system, simply cannot offer—a religious education.

Another thing private schools are able to offer that we can’t is smaller class size. It is true that, thanks to cuts in state funding, our class sizes have gotten larger. But when we surveyed parents in the past year, they told us they preferred to keep specialists, like librarians, for as long as possible rather than cut them in order to reduce class size by a few pupils.  For the privilege of smaller class size, families with children in some Bainbridge private schools pay an annual tuition equal to or greater than the tuition at some of our state colleges.

— Mev Hoberg, Bainbridge Island School District’s Board of Directors
Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 1:58 PM

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US News & World Report Ranking Bainbridge Island High School #212 In Nation

US News & World Report recently released its rankings of the nation’s top public high schools, and in reviewing almost 22,000 schools nationwide, they ranked Bainbridge Island High School the #6 high school in Washington and #212 in the nation.

Bainbridge High School is in the top 1% in the country, ranked above not only other open-enrollment public schools, but also magnet schools and schools with merit-based admission. In addition, Bainbridge High School was ranked #68 among “Best High Schools for Math and Science.”

Eagle Harbor High School was ranked #1583–in the top 8%.

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Bainbridge Island Schools Receive Washington Achievement Awards

Four of Bainbridge Island schools have been recognized by the State of Washington as high performers, receiving Washington Achievement Awards.

The Washington Achievement Award:

  • Is awarded collaboratively with the State Board of Education (SBE) and based on the Washington Achievement Index.
  • Celebrates schools for overall excellence and special recognition in: language arts, math, science, graduation rate, improvement and closing achievement gaps.
  • Honors schools at an annual ceremony hosted by the SBE and OSPI.
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Bainbridge Island School District Ratings

As quoted from, “Bainbridge Island’s public schools consistently rank at the highest levels in both state and national performance statistics, and the district is engaged in a ten-year plan of continuous improvement. Just over 4,000 students attend three elementary schools (grades K-4),one intermediate school (grades 5-6), one middle school (grades 7-8), one high school (grades 9-12), and an array of optional K-12 programs, including a multiage program and a second,smaller high school.”

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