We offer a variety of multi-age on-site enrichment classes. For the 2018-19 school year, we are offering the following for both 3rd-5th grade and 6th-8th grade: Science, Language Arts, Art, Math, and Coding. These classes meet Wednesdays 9:00-2:30. For K-2 we offer Language Arts, Science, and Art which meet on Thursdays 12:00-3:00. In the Spring, we plan to offer, in addition to these, a K-8 course entitled Food Lab: Greenhouse, Forest, Kitchen. Students do not have to be enrolled in FamilyLink to sign up for our courses. Full year enrollment for 3rd-8th grade costs $400 (covered by FamilyLink for enrolled students).
Resource Library and Computer Lab
Our library has a collection of textbooks, literature, curriculum samples for parents, reference
materials, and manipulatives. Most items are available for check-out, although some reference
materials and curriculum samples have to be viewed at the library, which is located at the
FamilyLink building. We also have chrome book laptop computers for student use while in the library. Our students are given a username and password. Our library is usually open to families during our regular office hours.
In addition to our website, we send out regular emails to our families about activities and events
happening at FamilyLink. If you would like to be added to the email list,
Testing and Assessment
In the spring, fully enrolled students in grades 3-8 take the Smarter Balanced Assessment
(SBA) in English/Language Arts (ELA) and Math. Students in grades 5 and 8 also take the
Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) in science. High school students take the SBA-ELA
FamilyLink High School Diploma
A high school diploma is available to FamilyLink students enrolled in grades 9-12. In order to
obtain a diploma, students need to earn 24 core and elective credits as defined by the
FamilyLink Graduation Requirements. Students must also meet the following state
- Pass state assessments in reading, writing, math and science
- Create a High School and Beyond Plan
Student Support Funds
FamilyLink helps support each student's learning by purchasing materials for students such as art supplies and workbooks and by special-ordering curriculum for our library which the family can check out for the year. We also pay for some learning activities in the community through such providers as Vashon Center for the Arts, Vashon Wilderness Program, UMO, etc. The learning we spend on must be in the Written Student Learning Plan (including our enrichment classes which are the best deal in town), and there is an $800 limit on how much we can spend on behalf of any particular student.
Special Events and Activities
FamilyLink hosts community-building activities and events throughout the year. This year we are offering an All-Ages Yoga class on Thursdays 12-1, taught by islander Christine Nelson. Parents and students are all welcome to attend. We host a monthly Parent-Educator Roundtable. We'll have a craft and wreath-making party this winter. We'll go on at least two field trips: to Pacific Science Center and to Seattle Children's Theater. Last year we did a performance of Midsummer Night's Dream. Stay tuned for this year's performance. Our year-end event is a Pool Party and Potluck.