South Sound Private Schools

Tacoma

Annie Wright School
827 N Tacoma Ave
253.272.2216
aw.org

Bellarmine Preparatory School
2300 S Washington St
253.752.7701
bellarmineprep.org

Charles Wright School
7723 Chambers Creek Rd W
253.620.8300
charleswright.org

Life Christian School
1717 S Union Ave
253.756.5317
wherelifehappens.org

Puyallup

All Saints Elementary School
504 2nd Street SW
253.845.5025
allsaintspuyallup.org

Cascade Christian Schools
811 21st St E
253.841.1776
cascadechristian.org

Northwest Christian School
904 Shaw Rd
253.845.5722
nwchristianschool.org

Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor Academy
6830 32nd St NW
253.265.2150
gigharboracademy.org

Harbor Montessori
5414 Comte Dr NW
253.851.5722
harbormontessori.org

Lighthouse Christian School
3008 36th ST NW
253.858.5962
lcsschool.org

Lacey/Olympia

Olympia Community School
114 20th Ave SE
360-866-8047
olympiacommunityschool.org

Northwest Christian Academy
4710 Park Center Ave E
360.491.2966
ncslacey.org

Nova Middle School
2020 22nd Ave SE
360.491.7097
novaschool.org

YMCA Opens Shelton Branch

What started out over 20 years ago as the vision of volunteers and community members to create positive youth and family activities in Shelton is now a reality. On March 1, 2021, the Shelton Family YMCA opened its doors.

Creating a ‘Place for all to Belong’ for the Shelton community during a pandemic was not ideal, but the local team persevered and overcame. Local autonomy within a massive organization like the YMCA allowed them to set goals and plan the design for the new YMCA facility located on North Shelton Springs Road.

According to Jake Grater, Executive Director of Branch Operations, “Our design goals were simple. Build something that brings the entire community together and creates a sense of belonging.” Layer that on top of the local and national organization’s goals of diversity and inclusion, and the team created a space that is welcoming and engaging.

“We were fortunate to have the experience of 2,700 other YMCA’s across the country. We created a space that is an open concept, yet an intimate space,” said Grater. The YMCA Opens Shelton Branch design utilizes lots of imagery to make people feel like the space was built for them.

Since it was founded in 1844, the Y has constantly evolved to meet the unique needs in each of the communities it serves. “This commitment to serving all people is core to who we are and our mission,” added Grater.

The new Shelton YMCA is an efficient building designed to minimize operating expenses. This approach allows the team to deploy resources towards mission work instead of maintenance work. For example, there is no carpeting in the
building, which allows for better hygiene, easier cleaning, and no long-term replacement expense.

As the first YMCA in the area, the Shelton Family YMCA joins three other Y branches within the South Sound Association, which includes the Plum Street Y, the Briggs Community Y, and the Youth & Community Development Branch, which is affectionately referred to as ‘the Y without walls.’

For Additional Information
southsoundymca.org

LYNN CASTLE