Many of our parents and graduates describe the Vashon Island public school system as having the attributes of a private school education. We offer high quality academic programs and a wide range of opportunities in the arts, sports, music, and travel both in the classroom and through co-curricular clubs and activities. Our schools reflect the commitment of our faculty and staff, the participation and dedication of our parents and families, and the contributions of our vibrant community partner organizations.
Our mission, “to equip every student to engage, thrive, and contribute within an ever-changing world,” guides our commitment to the success of every student. Our joy is to know every student as an individual and to provide each student with the tools and learning opportunities they need to prepare for college or a career, and ultimately to lead productive lives as citizens.
The culture within each of our three public schools is built upon a deep compassion and caring for one another. Our teachers and staff are renowned for their experience, qualifications and commitment. They work together both within departments and across grade levels to ensure continuity of curriculum and support for students.
Our public schools thrive because of our community of support. Our curriculum is greatly enhanced by contributions of funding from Vashon Partners in Education, Vashon PTSA, and Vashon Island Public Schools Foundation, among others. Thanks to partnerships with Vashon Youth and Family Services and Vashon Alliance to Reduce Substance Abuse, our learning community has access to education and resources directed towards mental and physical health.
I invite you to visit our campus and see our award-winning schools first hand. We look forward to extending you a warm welcome.
Michael Soltman, Superintendent
2014 Washington Achievement Award winner for overall excellence, high progress, and extended graduation rates - top 5% high school in the state
Design & Architectural Awards for Vashon High School:
2015 MacConnell Award Finalist
Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
The CEFPI James D. MacConnell Award recognizes an outstanding, comprehensive planning process, which results in educational facilities that serve the needs of students, staff, and the community, and facilitate student achievement. Created in 1991 to honor the late Dr. MacConnell for his significant contributions to educational facility planning and the Council, CEFPI considers this to be its most prestigious award.
2015 Pinnacle Award
Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Pacific Northwest Region
The Pinnacle Award Program recognizes outstanding education facilities in the Pacific Northwest region, which includes Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon/SW Washington, Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.
2015 Civic Design Awards: Honor Award
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Washington Council
The Civic Design Awards celebrates the best architectural designs in full or partially public-funded projects. These projects represent the finest standards in sustainability, innovation, building performance, and overall integration with the client and surrounding community.
Math is Cool: 5th Grade team took 3rd Place in the state and 4th place in regionals
In 2013, the Vashon School District Board of Directors adopted a new strategic plan. Through a collaborative process involving faculty, staff, administration, students and the Vashon community, a group of over 80 has worked together to develop six initiatives that support our mission statement at all levels.
Mission: To equip every student to engage, thrive, and contribute within an ever-changing world.
So what does it mean to equip every student to engage, thrive, and contribute in an ever-changing world?
Engage: A teaching environment that fosters a sense of curiosity and personal investment in learning through meaningful instruction.
Thrive: A learning community that supports the intellectual, emotional, social and physical needs of each student with a balance of appropriate challenge and recognition for achievement.
Contribute: A curriculum that encourages critical thinking and a world-view through exposure to perspectives of other cultures and backgrounds. Understanding the connectedness of world cultures, what makes a good citizen, and the importance of each citizen’s contribution to the greater whole.
The following is an overview of our mission, objectives of that mission and strategies to reach said objectives. We consider our strategic plan to be a living document under constant reevaluation and growth to keep pace with the rapidly changing world of education.
1. Every student demonstrates essential life and academic skills for continued growth.
2. Every student is engaged and heard, and demonstrates personal responsibility for learning.
3. Every student demonstrates a commitment to contribute by participating in projects that are meaningful to the student and to the community.
1. Deepen students’ engagement in their learning community
2. Adopt, embed and evaluate a District set of cognitive and social skills within a growth mind set.
3. Make learning relevant and responsive to students’ lives in an ever-changing world.