Schools & Education
School Liaison Officer
3675 W Lexington Street
Child and Youth Programs
Oak Harbor, WA 98278-1900
Phone (DSN) 312-820-6863
Fax (DSN) 312-820-3723
Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed weekends and Holidays
The major schools serving Naval Air Station Whidbey Island include the districts of Oak Harbor, Coupeville, and Anacortes (below is more detailed information on each of these school districts). Upon arrival to Whidbey Island, parents will need to enroll their student in the school district where they reside. However, Washington State allows parents to request a transfer to a nonresident district if housing is unavailable in the district of choice.
Oak Harbor has private and public school options for pre-kindergarten through grade 12, including a home-schooling partnership offered through the Home-Connection program. Oak Harbor is also home to a Skagit Valley College campus. Anacortes and Coupeville have private pre-k options available. All the school districts offer a Running Start program where students in their junior and senior years with a 3.0 GPA or higher can attend college classes that may allow them to graduate with a high school diploma and an AA degree at the same time. Each district also offers a range of athletic and academic programs, including services for special needs children. Participation in athletic activities is governed by the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association, which identifies leagues based on school size. Oak Harbor is a 3A school, Coupeville is a 1A school, and Anacortes is a 2A school. There are no DoD schools located on NAS Whidbey Island.
First-time enrollment in the public schools requires a birth certificate, immunization record, and a district specific enrollment packet. Parents should bring copies of report cards, verification of grade placement, credits earned, special education plans and any other pertinent information to assist counselors and school administrators in placing students in the proper level of instruction. Students may be tested to help determine their placement in school programs. Children entering kindergarten must be five years old by August 31, unless they were already attending kindergarten in another district. Children entering first grade must be six years old by September 1. Students younger than six years old can enter first grade if they have completed kindergarten in another district.
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) has a full-time School Liaison Officer (SLO). The SLO is the primary point of contact between the military installation, the local school administration, parents, and the community. The SLO specializes in serving military families by supporting families with school transfers, providing information on local schools, assisting with school choice, deployment support, and so much more. The NASWI SLO can be reached at 360-257-6863.