Griffin Bay School Enrollment Spikes During Pandemic, Now Open to Students Across State

Contributed Photo/Griffin Bay. Student Tate Geiser.

From San Juan School Island District

Last September, San Juan Island School District’s Griffin Bay School grew from a handful of students to almost 100 students, K-12th grade.

Griffin Bay School may now offer online access to anyone and everyone across Washington state.

In May, Griffin Bay School was designated by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction as a Multi-District Online Program for Washington State.

Previously, GBS served only those students who resided within our district boundary (plus 10%). This new designation takes away that barrier.

As our school district’s elementary, middle and high schools begin to open more fully, many current GBS students may choose to return to in-person learning. For some families, however, the Griffin Bay School model is exactly what they need.

Griffin Bay School provides students and families an education that allows for flexibility, individualized attention, and a “work-at-your-own-pace” approach. Certified teachers are in contact with students once a week, guiding each child on his or her journey.

Student Tate Geiser is attending classes remotely, creating the time needed to also become certified in the career of his choice.

“A big way Griffin Bay School has helped me pursue my dream to become a barber is by making it possible to do school on my own schedule and time frame,” Geiser said. “This flexibility allows me to develop skills that will help my future career and business.

“I have interviewed for and been accepted to a barber apprentice program. The time I need to spend at the spa to complete this program is important to me. Griffin Bay is making it possible for this event to occur in my life. I will be acquiring a barber license at the same time I graduate in 2023.”

When it comes to education, some families focus on preparation for post-high school education like college or trade school. Others prioritize preparing students for the workforce, developing social skills, or encouraging them to participate in civic life.

Enrollment is now open. For more information, contact Connie Domenech at 360-378-3292 or

Posted on June 1, 2021 at 5:30 am by


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