From preschool through college, Kitsap County meets the educational needs of its residents. There are five school districts in Kitsap County, and more than 60 public schools offering the finest K-12 education to more than 40,000 children, as well as excellent private schools with unique learning environments.
Kitsap schools provide an articulation of education and training from STEM programs and pre-engineering in K-12 schools and West Sound Technology Center, through a rich variety of post-secondary options. Kitsap’s Olympic College is also part of a consortium of eleven of the state’s community and technical colleges which have received a $20M Department of Labor grant to strengthen our aerospace industry through workforce training.
Kitsap is home to Olympic College which helps students build skills for the next phase of their life or career through its numerous educational options. OC also offers baccalaureate degrees in nursing, engineering (with Washington State University). Click here for Olympic College Facts and Figures Brochure.
Western Washington University on the Peninsulas (Poulsbo) was established in 2013 to address the need for 4-year degree programs in the West Sound region, Western Washington University on the Peninsulas (Poulsbo) offers the same high quality instruction and rigorous academic standards as on the WWU-Bellingham campus. Current degree programs include Business Administration, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Human Services and Multidisciplinary Studies. In Fall of 2017, two new programs will begin: a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Systems Security, and a Master’s in Environmental Studies. WWU partners with Olympic College in Kitsap County, allowing residents to complete their educational goals at the lowest possible cost and without the need to relocate.
Private colleges include Northwest College of Art & Design (NCAD) and the nation’s first school to offer an MBA in Sustainable Business, the BGI at Pinchot University, maintains it’s weekend intensive program at Bainbridge Island’s Islandwood.
Kitsap Regional Library supports early literacy in the pre-school years, engages in partnerships with our local school districts and offers its own innovative STEM program, BiblioTEC (based on a Paul G. Allen Family Foundation grant), which teaches computer coding, 3D design and robotics. KRL also supports area Chambers of Commerce, small businesses and non-profits with a dedicated research librarian.