Welcome to Kitsap County on the Beautiful Kitsap Peninsula between the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges in Washington State. The Kitsap Peninsula area belongs to Navy Region Northwest with Naval Base Kitsapwhich includes Bremerton, Bangor and Keyport, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS & IMF), and Naval Hospital Bremerton .
If this is the first time you have been stationed in the Puget Sound area, you are in for a treat. The Kitsap Peninsula area offers some of the best views of mountains and water as well as some of the best boating and recreational opportunities in the Greater Puget Sound Area. Within a mile radius you have several attractions and facilities to visit and explore. I always say I can be to the beach or the mountains in under an hour!
Where you choose to live while stationed with one of the Navy Region Northwest commands may very well depend on the school district you choose for your school age children. There are four school districts in the local area. The Bremerton School District , The South Kitsap School District , The North Kitsap School District and The Central Kitsap School District . The chart located below gives you a very broad look at the four districts side by side.
This is not an article about what people might think is the best district or the worst district. This article is to give you some information and some links so that you may start your search and find the district that best suits your family. There is more to a school district than its numbers, its test scores and its size. Factors such as location to employment for parents, local childcare and over all feel of community should be considered. After all the experience you and your family have in a certain school district is a direct reflection of your involvement.
You will want to make sure you do some research on the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website along with the OSPI Washington State Report Card . The Washington State PTA website can also give you the information about the program at each district which you can use to contact the parent organization and request newsletter and program information. Deciding on a school district can be very important so make sure you take your time and talk to as many other parents as possible.
Check here for the Private Schools Report for more information on Private schools in Kitsap County
There is a huge home schooling population in Kitsap County. Here are several links to help you find just the right fit.
Eclectic Kitsap Homeschoolers’ Organization
E.K.H.O. is an inclusive group providing homeschool support and encouragement to a diverse, eclectic group of families seeking to educate their children at home.
A list for homeschool related announcements only for Kitsap County.
Homeschooling In Kitsap – Information Only
A list for homeschool related announcements only for Kitsap County. No chat allowed, no stories, jokes, political information or other non-homeschool related issues.
Learning in Kitsap (LINK)
Homeschooling in Kitsap County? Interested in Field Trips, Play-dates, Park Days, Making Friends, Sharing Info and Ideas? Then LINK is the place for you! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Minded Homeschoolers In Kitsap
This list is for encouragement, support, and friendly chatter. It is open to anyone who is homeschooling or considering homeschooling.
Sovereign Spirit Homeschoolers
A real life homeschool group designed to network home schoolers living primarily in and around Kitsap County. We have no religious or political affiliation. There is no membership fee.
Choosing a school system is always an exhausting task. You may want to join some discussion boards and ask questions of those that are stationed here. You might try Military.com or TogetherWeServed (service member site). There are areas on those sites for some type of discussion.
Later this week I will post an article about what the shopping is like in the area. I know from being stationed in some remote areas that we always want to know what is “there” before we go.
Until then…Have a Fine Navy Day!!