Grade Reconfiguration

The South Kitsap School District is moving forward with grade reconfiguration to K-5 elementary schools, 6-8 middle schools, and 9-12 high school. One-third of the district made the transition in 2016-17 and the remaining schools will make the move in the 2017-18 school year. 

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Group of Middle School Students

The decision to transition to the K-5, 6-8, 9-12 model was made after extensive research, study of best practices, and at the recommendation of the School Boundary Review Committee, a group of school staff, parents, and administrators.

Middle school marks an important transition in a child’s life where independence and individuality advance.

We will have three middle schools: Cedar HeightsJohn Sedgwick, and Marcus Whitman. 

For more information please refer to our: Middle School Transition Guide

High School (Grades 9-12)

Group of high school studentsThe Advantages:

  • Eight-Period Schedule
    The eight-period schedule, referred to as a 4x4 or 4x8  schedule, consists of four block classes alternating every other day. The eight-period schedule offers students greater opportunities to meet state graduation requirements while providing additional courses for them to explore including more electives. 
  • Large Variety of Course Options
    South Kitsap students have access to an enormous variety of course options, clubs, and activities that help them explore their interests and get engaged in their education. We also offer Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses to challenge students. Discovery Alternative High School and Explorer Academy supports students who flourish outside a traditional classroom setting.

  • Ninth Grade Counts: 9-12
    When ninth graders are housed at the high school, they have access to many courses not available at the junior high level, including more than 90 Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, world languages, NJROTC, and expanded Advanced Placement options.
    Students are also able to participate in the wide variety of clubs, organizations, music ensembles, athletics, and activities available at the high school level without transportation challenges.
    The 9-12 high school model will also increase awareness that ninth grade credits count toward graduation, post graduate programs, and college entrance.