Vashon Island School District

To equip every student to engage, thrive, and contribute within an ever-changing world.

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  • Welcome to Vashon’s Award-Winning Public Schools!


    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.


    Warm Regards,






    Michael Soltman, Superintendent

Awards and Recognition



    Awards and Recognition


    Vashon High School


    WAA Winner 2014 Washington Achievement Award winner for overall excellence, high progress, and extended graduation rates - top 5% high school in the state




    • 2014-2015 Robotics team finished first in state and invited to West Super Regional in Oakland, CA
    • 2014 Lit Mag received Gold award by Columbia University
    • 2014-2015 Yearbook awarded top 3% in country for coverage and quality by Jostens
    • 2014-2015 Debate Team qualified a pair of students for the state
    • Baritone Sax Soloist Brady Stinson placed 1st in state for solo saxophone competition
    • VHS Jazz Ensemble placed first in their category Reno Jazz Competition
    • Junior student, Kate Atwell, qualified for the state final in Poetry Out Loud
    • Senior student, Sage Levin, advanced as a 2015 National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
    • VHS Guide Dogs hosted 60 guide dogs at the Northwest regional event
    • 2015 Boy's Varsity Basketball team placed 5th in state
    • 2015 Wrestling team won league, placed 2nd in sub-regionals, 2nd in regionals and 8th in state this year
    • 2015 Girls' Cross-country won league and district
    • Athletic Director, Stephanie Spencer, was named 2015 Nisqually Athletic Director of the year.

    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.

    McMurray Middle School

    • “Math is Cool” Competitions-Division II Regional 1st place award-6th grade 2015.
    • Math is Cool “Masters” Competition Finalists, 2015
    • FIRST Lego League team regional finalists-2014
    • Football won the West Sound JV League Championship in 2014.
    • Wrestling won the West Sound League Championship in 2014
    • Symphonic Band (7th and 8th grade) Rating 2 at the Commencement Bay Band Festival, 2015
    • 200 students qualified for M.A.S.T. (McMurray Academic Success Team) Honors in 2015- 3.5 or higher GPA or improved GPA of .5 or better.
    • Sixty 8th grade students qualified for the “President’s Award for Academic Excellence” in 2015 by earning a 3.5 GPA or better for their entire Middle School years.
    • WIAA Team “Outstanding Scholarship” academic awards were earned by: Volleyball (3.719 Average GPA) Girls’ Soccer (3.594 Average GPA) Girls’ Basketball (3.592 Average GPA), Track (3.694 Average GPA).
    • WIAA Team “Distinguished Scholarship” academic awards were earned by: Football (3.397 Average GPA), Boys’ Soccer team (3.470 Average GPA), Volleyball (Average 3.448 GPA), Boys’ Basketball (Average 3.31 GPA), Wrestling (3.205 GPA)
    • Over 300 students (80%) of our students participate in a wide range of interscholastic sports (see above) and one or more of our clubs: Chess Club, Prevention Club, HoofPrints Journalism Club, Yearbook Club, Equality Club, Art Lab, Feature Fridays, Frisbee Club, Vocal Music Club, & Executive Council
    • McMurray hosts over 200 volunteers annually, creating a welcoming and successful partnership with our parents and the community.



    Chautauqua Elementary School

    Math is Cool: 5th Grade team took 3rd Place in the state and 4th place in regionals

Strategic Plan

  • 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.


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