One of the special things about living on Bainbridge Island is that there are many excellent public school choices as well as alternatives to traditional education and outstanding private schools right here in the community. There truly is something for every child.
On Saturday, February 2, Wilkes Elementary invited the public to share in their new space.Â The self-guided tour allowed guests to freely explore the 62,800-square-foot facility that boasted bright colors and natural light.Â There was a "Wow!" at every corner.
Youâ€™ll probably recognize the Seattle-based architects, Mahlum Architects, from the Bainbridge High School 200 Building project in which they received the 2009 AIA Washington Council Civic Design Awards, Citation Award.Â Well, Mahlum Architects outdid themselves again by including large, expansive windows, colorful walls, and ensuring a smooth cohesive flow of the building.Â Pair that with a dynamic support team and teaching staff, and you have a winning combination for a great school.Â Both a parent and a child's dream!
Some impressive features include:
- 17 classrooms
- Shared learning spaces, allowing for large group, small group, or one-on-one interactions
- Student gardens
- Computer lab
- Highly efficient and sustainable systems (heating, plumbing, lights)
- Smartboards in every room (Combines a simple whiteboard with the power of a computer)
Â Instead of the students hauling their lunches to their classroom, they can now share in the ritual that is the school cafeteria.
Talk about community commitment!Â The gym (pictured above) was built in partnership with the Bainbridge Island Park District, allowing the Parks District to offer after-school activities and classes.
Who wouldn't want to snuggle in this comfy space and get lost in the magical world of Harry Potter?Â Or research U.S. History at the computer lab?
To view Wilkes' Washington State Report Card, click here.
Captain Charles Wilkes Elementary School
Address:Â 12781 Madison Ave. NE
Main Office Phone: (206) 842-4411
Wilkes PTO:Â wilkespto.org