About Island Educational Services

Our Mission

Island Educational Services understands all students learn differently and bring innate strengths and passions to the learning process. Every student has members of a support system who care deeply about the student and want to provide support that is meaningful and engaging. Our goal is to partner with parents, schools, and other interested individuals in order to enhance students’ existing skills and develop opportunities for academic success. Our family-centered practices are committed to meeting the individual needs of students through various services.



Our individual and small group sessions provide a safe environment for students to actively participate in the learning process. We offer support in reading, writing, math, and other content areas. We also provide support for students who need assistance with executive functioning skills, i.e., planning, prioritizing, and initiating work. Our goal is to help students develop an understanding of their learning styles and how to use this knowledge in learning environments.

Partnerships with Private Schools

Our tutors partner with various private schools on Bainbridge and Poulsbo. We support students at Hyla Middle School, grades 6 through 8, and Madrona School, K-8, at each respective school during the school day. Tutors collaborate with the teaching staff to ensure our techniques and strategies are supporting each school’s curriculum. In addition, IES provides in-school behavior support at St. Cecilia’s School and parent workshops at Eastside Catholic Middle School. We work collaboratively with schools’ heads of school or principals to create learning support for both students and teachers.

Educational Consultation

Families who have children with special needs can find the educational system to be overwhelming or frustrating. Working collaboratively with the student, family, and school system, Island Educational Services will help develop an Individual Education Program (IEP) and/or an accommodation plan (504 Plan) that is appropriate for the student and his or her needs. Lydia Harrison, who provides special education consultations, has over 10 years of experience in the administrative field of special education as well as many years of classroom experience. A former co-director of a statewide special education program, Ms. Harrison can share resources and strategies that are appropriate for a wide range of disabilities.

Consultations are also available to discuss a child’s learning differences and ways to encourage a child in school. Having partnered with local school districts to support students of all abilities, Ms. Harrison can also provide guidance on best practices and resources available in local communities.

Study Skills

Learning how to learn is one of the most important skills students need in order to be successful at the middle and high school level. Our individual sessions provide instruction in organization, time management, note-taking, and test-taking. Students learn more efficient and effective strategies to achieve success in their classes.

Social Skill Class

Our social skill class offers students, in grades sixth through twelfth, opportunities to engage in age appropriate activities on Bainbridge and in our surrounding communities. Excursions to Seattle, bowling in Silverdale, playing Ultimate Frisbee at Battle Point, dinner and a movie, and other fun, structured activities occur throughout the year. The FUN group meets every week during July and August and once a month during the school year.

An orientation meeting is held at the beginning of the summer where the participants choose activities for the group In addition, high school- and college-age mentors actively participate in the group to support students individually and in small group activities. All of our mentors are students who have worked through previous challenges and who have demonstrated compassion, an ability to lead, and empathy for others. The social group is facilitated by Lydia Harrison.

Workshops and Presentations

The content of each workshop or presentation is based on current research in the fields of learning disabilities, special education, literacy, positive behavior supports, and learning. Our presentations, which are tailored to individual requests, include Strategies for the Struggling Learner, Positive Behavior Support for Children with Challenging Behaviors, Early Literacy, Study Skills for Middle and High School students, Developing Friendship Skills, and Practical Accommodations for Students with Disabilities. See our Events page for upcoming events.


Island Educational Services offers one half-hour consultation at no charge for tutoring services. Beyond the half hour, families are charged for a consultative fee. Please email Lydia Harrison for a current rate.

IES requires a 24-hour cancellation notice for tutoring sessions that will be missed unless an emergency situation arises.

Upcoming Events

  • No classes or workshops scheduled at this time.
“Lydia has worked with my son for over 10 years. She has a different way to teach things so students learn in the best method for them. She breaks down larger assignments into smaller, manageable tasks. She works well with kids keeping them on task while getting the work done. She is always professional in dealing with school administrators and teachers.”

—Sue H., Poulsbo, WA

Learning with Island Educational Services

Learning how to learn is one of the most important skills students need in order to be successful at the middle and high school level.