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New School Coming to the Harbor

Gig Harbor – New School Coming to the Harbor – Local residents Julie Rockness, M. Ed., and Heather Olson, M.S., are preparing for the opening of their new school Whole Kids Academy. This one-of-a-kind school will be an all-inclusive early education program designed for children from ages 3-6 to include Pre-school, Pre-K and Kindergarten programs. Located near downtown Gig Harbor, it will offer a unique educational experience for your child. Julie and Heather believe a child’s first learning experience should be healthy, positive and fun and feel every child can succeed in school if given a safe, loving and warm environment. At the Whole Kids Academy, the teacher’s role is that of a mentor. They will offer a strong academic base which will include education on whole foods and nutrition, and will emphasize healthy activity, exercise, self-esteem and friendship skills. The school will also focus on connecting kids with their community through field trips and has been working to develop partnerships with local businesses and the Harbor History Museum.

Their academic approach will include two WA State Certified teachers who create a calm, peaceful and healthy environment with small groups and individualized instruction. Their core instruction will include development of your whole child to include the mind, body and self, research based academics, daily outdoor activities, whole food cooking instruction, an emphasis on manners, and social skills instruction.

Heather Olson, cofounder of Whole Kids Academy, believes that “today’s parents want to raise healthy and happy children. There seems to be an emphasis on wellness and we wanted to include that aspect in our program. As a certified holistic health coach and a certified teacher, I understand how important a healthy lifestyle is to learning.” Julie Rockness adds, “Healthy movement, fresh air and being connected with the community keep kids grounded, focused, and confident.”

Whole Kids Academy will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, January 24th, from 2-4 PM at their new location: 5800 Soundview Drive, Ste D101, Gig Harbor, WA. They plan to open February 2nd and will provide classes through June and then summer camps during Summer 2015. Their full yearly program will open beginning Fall 2015.

For more information on Whole Kids Academy:

E-mail Julie and Heather at, or check out their Whole Kids Academy page on Facebook.