Options K-8

students sitting on the floorThe Options K-8 program is a multiage learning community that cultivates independent learners’ curiosity and creativity by fostering long lasting relationships with peers, teachers and community from kindergarten through 8th grade. The multiage setting provides students with an opportunity to interact with content, concepts and standards that meet their intellectual needs and interests regardless of their chronological age. Student voice and choice is honored through instructional approaches that are based on student choices, interests, passions and ambitions. Learning experiences connect students to their local area in meaningful ways, allowing them to participate in service components that are specific to local or regional geography, sociology, ecology, politics and other dynamics.

Students who thrive in the Options K-8 program prefer to learn with peers in cooperative groups, utilizing learner-centered approaches. They enjoy interacting with students of all ages and backgrounds, and adults from the learning community who assist with activities. Additionally, they work towards personal responsibility and set goals without competition or external rewards.

The Options K-8 programs relies heavily on parental involvement to help create a multiage learning environment that is supported by community.  The unique learning opportunities of the program are made possible by this rich history of parental involvement.


2019-2020 School Year:

Who can apply: incoming K - 8th graders in North Kitsap 
Where: Richard Gordon Elementary School
Program Structure: Full day. Families volunteer in classrooms, attend parent group meetings, and participate in family outdoor education, fundraising and parent-led classes.

Questions?  Contact Tim Garrison at tgarrison@nkschools.org or (360) 396-3020.

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