Juvenile Detention Center Education Program

Our mission is to meet the academic and life skill needs of students in our care, through direct and effective communication between the student, the school, the court system, and families. We foster success and hope for every youth we serve.

Our facility was built in 2006, in the heart of downtown Coupeville, jdc
the seat of Island County, Washington.

Island County Juvenile Administration (360-679-7325) operates the facility, housing up to 21 youth. Brooke Powell, Court Administrator & JDC Administrator, and Gerald Murphy, Juvenile Detention Center Manager, work closely with Teacher John Luvera and Transition Specialist Aimee Bishop to supervise and serve the students.

 More information: https://www.islandcountywa.gov/JuvenileServices

Our educational program offers a 220-day school calendar, Monday through Friday. Students receive individualized education plans addressing their needs and the expectations of their school of origin.

 We offer:

  • The opportunity to catch up and keep up in their resident school coursework
  • Daily fitness classes
  • Life skills classes (self-care, nutrition / cooking, cleaning, money management)
  • Whidbey General Hospital Smoking Cessation
  • Job skills (resume, application, dress for success)
  • Food handler’s class and testing
  • Community service projects

Students leaving our facility meet with our Transition Specialist Aimee Bishop (360-678-2472) to coordinate assignments and tasks for a smooth return to school. We also:

  1. Coordinate additional school supply needs with support from Readiness to Learn;

  2. Follow up on students 30 days after release for additional support; and

  3. Communicate with probation and other agencies to assist with re-engaging youth into their school and community.

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