Overview of the South Whidbey School District

  • (In reference to policy #6900 - Facilities Planning)

    School Capacity

    The State (OSPI) calculates school capacity by dividing gross square footage of a building by a standard square footage per Student (i.e. 80 Sq' per elementary student, 110 sq' per middle school student, 120 Sq' per high school student, and 140 Sq' per handicapped Student). This method is used by the State as a simple and uniform approach to determining school capacity for purposes of allocating available State Match Funds to school districts for new school construction. However, this method is not necessarily considered to be an accurate reflection of the actual capacity required to accommodate the adopted educational program of each individual district. 

    For this reason, school capacity was determined based on the number of teaching stations within each building and the space requirements of the District’s adopted educational program. It is this capacity calculation which is used to establish the District’s baseline capacity, and determine future capacity needs based on projected student enrollment. 

    Total Student Capacity in teaching stations available: 2625 (rentals not included)

    Student Population

    Actual Student Population April 2015: 1361.97 (FTE)

    The District owns the following properties which house students: 

    • One Primary School serving SWA, offices 
    • One Elementary School serving grades K-5 
    • One Middle School serving grades 6-8
    • One High School serving grades 9-12 


    South Whidbey School District owns approximately 197 acres, including 47 acres of undeveloped property adjoining the NW corner of the intermediate school. 

    Primary School

    Originally built in 1968, the Primary School sits on just over 34 acres. It was remodeled in 1990 and 1995. It currently houses SWA and several offices. Five classrooms are rented. 

    Elementary School

    Opened in 1988, the School sits on 20 acres and houses the K-5 program. 

    Middle School

    Two-story was built in 1935. Additional buildings have evolved over the years with the latest additions in 1996/97. Currently, the Middle School buildings cover 95,000 sq’. The 6-8 program uses approximately 75,000 sq’. The “two story” is rented to Island Dance. The auditorium will potentially be rented as Well. The site consists of 23 acres. Total number of classrooms rented = 9. 

    High School

    The High School was originally built in 1981. Two classrooms were added in 1990. 1n 1995-96 the School doubled in size to approximately 142,000 square feet. The high school complex sits on approximately 49 acres. Six classrooms are currently vacant. 


    The Bayview School is now 115 years old. It Sits on a 4 acre site and has 5 classrooms. It is currently rented and occupied by WICEC. 

    Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom

    The outdoor classroom is a 1440 sq' building which sits on approximately 7 acres. 

    Support Facilities

    In addition to schools, the SWSD owns and operates additional facilities which provide support functions to the Schools. The District owns the 4000 sq' Service Center which is located next to the Middle School. lt is currently rented by Creativity Source. The 14000 sq' Transportation/Maintenance Facility is located on 15.2 acres just south of the Primary School and houses transportation and the district offices.

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Last Modified on May 11, 2017