Trillium School uproots into larger facility

INDIANOLA — One of the newest schools in North Kitsap is already in motion, moving into a new facility that will accommodate its immediate and future needs.

The Trillium School is in the process of transitioning from its original location — a private residence in Indianola — to the defunct Indianola Firehouse at the intersection of Kitsap Street and Indianola Road.

With the new site offering more room and improved access to the great outdoors, Trillium School co-founder Elisha Rain is excited about its potential.

“It’s more than twice the size of last year’s school house,” she said. “It has a lot of space and has access to White Horse trails.”

Trillium signed a four-year lease with property owners Dick and Nancy Hale and took possession of the site on July 1.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” Rain said. “This is going to allow our school to continue to flourish.”

Fellow Trillium School co-founder Kirsten Jewell is looking toward a bright future at the new building as well.

“When I walked into the space, I thought, ‘This is going to be great. Students and staff are going to have a ball,’” she said. “Last year’s location for the school was wonderful, but our new location seems like it’s going to be just perfect.”

Rain said the Trillium School’s site search committee reviewed several North End locales, but opted to stay in the Indianola area.

“We saw a variety of places but the committee just kept coming back to the Indianola Firehouse location,” she said.

With the significant increase in space, Rain hopes the school’s enrollment numbers will increase from 18 students last year to 40 students this fall.

After four years of work, Trillium School (offered to students from ages 5-19) opened its doors to the public for the 2006-07 school year. Rain said the school’s inaugural year was a successful one for staff and students alike.

“I feel the school exceeded everyone’s own expectations,” she said. “We had a successful year and have received a lot of positive feedback from the community.”

Jewell echoed that sentiment.

“The first year went wonderfully,” she said. “Everything ran along pretty smoothly. We have a strong group of co-founders who all brought their strengths and diversity of skills together to make it happen. I think the future of this school is extremely bright. There’s a vibrant community between students, staff and parents.”

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