About

Beach Elementary School
3786 Centerview Road
Lummi Island, Washington 98262

360/383-9440

Classified as a remote and necessary school by the state, Beach Elementary is located on Lummi Island. It is reached by boarding a ferry and crossing Hale Passage to Lummi Island. The building was built in 1920 and became a part of the Ferndale School District in 1941. An additional 2,809 square feet were added to the building in 1978. Beach serves 30 students in grade kindergarten through five.

The teaching staff at Beach School consists of two classroom teachers. Other staff include: a part-time principal, and part-time specialists including: psychologist, nurse and on-call communication disorder specialist. The on-site support staff consists of a full time school manager/administrative assistant, a part-time custodian and three part-time para-educators for classroom/library assistance, lunchroom/playground supervision and Music/PE/Computers.

Beach School enjoys many hours of volunteerism each year from parents and community members. With our high adult to student ratios, Beach School students are academically well prepared for the transition to the mainland for middle school.

Mission Statement

Beach Elementary School is committed to developing internationally-minded lifelong learners through a rigorous, inquiry-based curriculum. In a safe and nurturing environment, we challenge our students to exercise their individual capabilities to make reflective, meaningful contributions to our diverse global society.

Directions

From I-5 take Slater Road/Lummi Reservation Exit, go west on Slater Road to Haxton Way, turn left on to Haxton Way, continue on Haxton until you reach the ferry landing, cross on the ferry to Lummi Island, after departing the ferry at the stop sign take a right on to Nugent Road, follow Nugent Road to Centerview Road, turn left on to Centerview Road. The school is located on your immediate right.

History

Beach Elementary School, located on Lummi Island, is part of the Ferndale School District. In 1919, there were two schools on Lummi Island – the North End School located off Blizard Rd. and the South End School on Legoe Bay where our Fire Hall is today. These served the growing Island population of 335 farmers, fishermen, cannery workers and Asian laborers. A fire destroyed the South End School in 1919. Public hearings were held and it was agreed to find a central location and build a school large enough to accommodate the entire student population.

Five acres was deeded from the township and in August of 1920 a $10,000 school building was started and completed just four months later with all volunteer labor from the Island. Enrollment has fluctuated over the years but averages about 41 students.

In 1941 when Lummi Island School District 32 was incorporated into Ferndale School District and our current PTO was established. The forties also brought a petition for two teachers to handle the six grades at Beach.

In 1976 community members, staff, and parents joined together to submit an application to the state for Remote and Necessary designation. This was granted in 1977 and has helped to relieve some of the financial burden of operating Beach School.

We are that school at the end of the long worn road-built and maintained on the love and determination of the residents of Lummi Island. This is our history.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The teaching staff at Beach School consists of two classroom teachers. Other staff include: a part-time principal, and part-time specialists including:  psychologist, nurse and on-call communication disorder specialist. The on-site support staff consists of a full time school manager/administrative assistant, a part-time custodian and four part-time para-educators for classroom/library assistance, lunchroom/playground supervision and Music/PE/Computers.

Beach School enjoys many hours of volunteerism each year from parents and community members.  With our high adult to student ratios, Beach School students are academically well prepared for the transition to the mainland for middle school.

An International Baccalaureate Candidate School

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is one of three International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. IB World Schools are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to a high quality, challenging, international education. Beach Elementary School was authorized in November 2015 and is the smallest IB PYP school in the world/.

Principal Mark Hall is the school’s IB Coordinator. He works with the teachers and administrators to develop units of inquiry that will excite students’ imaginations and empower them to search for answers to their questions. Additionally, the Beach School’s teachers are refining their skills in delivering the PYP, especially by improving their use of inquiry in literacy and numeracy.

For more information:

Beach Assessment Policy (PDF)

More about IB Programs

Beach Elementary Family Handbook