WSA 3.0


WSA 3.0Setting the Stage

West Sound Academy responded to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, and subsequent Stay Home/Stay Healthy state order quickly and effectively. When we first became aware of the virus spreading in Washington  State, as a school, we were already in the “triage” phase, planning for remote learning by identifying and figuring out many of the logistical barriers. As Governor Jay Inslee and the State Board of Education closed all schools for the remainder of the year, we moved to the “adaptation” phase where we tackled pedagogical questions about how to best structure remote learning and made slight modifications to the schedule. Now as we plan for reopening schools in 2020-21, we have entered the “resilience” phase where we look at the larger system and apply lessons we have learned thus far, take confidence in the proof that we can weather sudden change, and adapt to conditions we are in for the next year.


West Sound Academy intends to start the 2020-21 school year with a blended learning model, which will combine on-site and remote learning. Safety for all our community members is the primary concern in structuring school next year. The exact trajectory of the virus is unknown. Our school, students, and parents will need to be nimble throughout the school year to respond to changing conditions. The purpose of this document is to establish the intended reopening plan for August 2020-21, which will incorporate several changes to the school year calendar, school day, and semester terms. Affectionately, we have nicknamed the Blended Learning model as “WSA 3.0″. The intention is for these changes to be temporary during the pandemic school year. However, lessons learned will inform how school resumes in non-pandemic times .

For Prospective Families

We look forward to having a conversation with you about West Sound Academy and the admissions process for 2020-2021.

See our Admissions page for details on West Sound Academy’s admissions process.

Please email Lisa Gsellman, Director of Admissions, at to arrange a personal tour.


See WSA 2.0 in action!

Look below for stories and photos from WSA 2.0 online classrooms this spring. Our campus was closed, but the West Sound community remained connected and learning!

Ms. Nordleaf-Nelson's 9th Grade English Class

West Sound Academy students rise to the challenge of the online classroom.

By Susan Trower. It’s 12:30 on a Tuesday afternoon, 6th period, and time for West Sound Academy 9th Grade English class to meet.  The teacher, Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson, sits at her laptop and admits her students one at a time into her Zoom meeting room, greeting each…

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Jaeden's yoga class

Class of 2020 in their silly pajama pants

Keeping Traditions Alive For the Class of 2020

By Barrie Hillman. There is no doubt that 2020 has opened the new decade with all the grace and decorum of a wrecking ball.  The disruption caused by the coronavirus quarantine will have deep and long-lasting impacts to everyone but I want to reserve this tiny space…

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For more information on WSA 3.0

Email Barrie Hillman, Head of School, at with any questions you may have.