Since 2011, Dr. Josephine (Jo) Moccia has been superintendent of the South Whidbey School District. She received her doctorate in educational administration and organization from Seton Hall University. She has worked in education since 1986 and has had various roles. Jo started as a school psychologist, has been a principal, director of special education, assistant superintendent, deputy superintendent, and superintendent all prior to arriving in SWSD.
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Letter from Jo
Welcome to the South Whidbey School District. Our vision is that every South Whidbey student is a lifelong learner who is multiculturally engaged, literate, and an active community member able to meet the challenges of our global society. We continue to hold high standards for academic success and are working to build a culture of caring for our students and each other.
Our district is housed on two campuses on picturesque South Whidbey Island. Our elementary program, serving students in grades K-5, is located on the North Elementary campus. Our secondary program for grades 6-12 is located on our South Whidbey High school campus. We are pleased to be able to provide core academics which include Math, English and Social Studies, Science (including labs), art, music, PE, and AP classes along with electives. Our agriculture program is unique as it begins in Kindergarten! We offer online classes for classes not offered in person. Languages other than English are available at the high school level.. We also offer an alternative program for students in grades K-8. South Whidbey Academy at grades 9-12 offers opportunities for students to graduate with a Washington State 24 credit diploma through both independent and general education classes. We have robust athletics, clubs and afterschool activities for students in grades 6-12 (some options for clubs at K-6). Our district offers a full complement of special services for students with an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or 504 plan.
How we accomplish this important work of educating students is what makes us unique. Our students are exposed to many creative learning opportunities. For example, in addition to classrooms and lab classes, students learn about science with hands-on garden work through our school farm. The farm produces food for our cafeterias. In addition to art classes, students are exposed to the arts by accomplished artists from within the community. Our elementary program emphasizes place based learning and outdoor opportunities. We are all fortunate to live in a small, safe community, while also able to compete at the State level in athletics. Students outperform other districts in events such as Knowledge Bowl, Band and various musical competitions. Our professional teaching staff is dedicated to achieving student curriculum goals. We offer one to one technology and opportunity for independent study.
Our students leave us bound for top notch colleges all over the country and within the state of Washington. They find themselves well prepared and able to compete nationally. Please feel free to explore our website and visit our schools.
Thanks, Dr. Jo Moccia
Superintendents from Whidbey Island’s three school districts – Oak Harbor, Coupeville and South Whidbey discuss their successes and challenges of the past year.