All You Need to Know About Bellingham Private Schools

In total, there are over 22 schools in Bellingham District, and in this article, we have all you need to know about Bellingham private schools. Bellingham Private Schools have approximately 12,000 students and 1,700 staff members. The district worked in partnership with the community to develop The Bellingham Promisethis is a strategic plan which reflects the School Board’s policy and governance policies which set desired outcomes for current students and graduates.


Located in northwest Washington, Bellingham is on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, who have lived in the Salish Sea basin, throughout the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades watershed. The Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe have shown enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways since time immemorial.

Bellingham is between two major metropolitan areas, Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. Strategic investments in parks, trails and preserved open spaces offer numerous recreation opportunities. Several public/private partnerships support the arts and cultural district downtown. Bellingham’s active waterfront hosts a range of marine activities. Bellingham is also home to three institutions of higher education: Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College and Bellingham Technical College.

All You Need to Know About Bellingham Private Schools

Bellingham Private Schools was one of only two districts in Washington state awarded with the State Auditor’s Stewardship Award at the 74th annual Washington Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) conference in June 2018.

This award recognizes the Department of Finance and Operations for being an outstanding example of commitment to safeguarding public resources through transparency and accountability. Below are all you need to know about Bellingham Private Schools:

Programs Offered By the Bellingham Private Schools

Here are some of the programs offered by the school to the varying needs of students across the community:

  • Activities and Athletics

The Bellingham Private Schools Athletics and Activities Department provides guidance to students through athletics and activities as they develop into productive adults who understand that dedication, resiliency, and respect translate into success in life.

  • Title 1 and Learning Assistance Program

Supplemental Reading and/or Math support for selected students is the focus for Title I and LAP resources. These programs serve specific schools that meet the criteria set by the federal and state governments.

  • Special Education

Special Education is designed for students who may require specially designed instruction and related services to improve educational performance.

  • Online Learning (BVL)

Bellingham Virtual Learning (BVL) is a web-based educational program that provides instructor-led online courses to high school students through an agreement with Spokane Public Schools and Spokane Virtual Learning (SVL).

  • Early Childhood Education

Promise K is a free, full-day early entrance kindergarten for children who are scheduled to enter kindergarten in the fall. Early Childhood Preschool provides a language-based curriculum to students ages 3-4 with developmental delays.

Registration Information

To register your child for school you can download and complete the registration forms, but you must take them in person to your local school.

In-person registration is required to verify identification and age. For students who have not previously enrolled in Bellingham Public Schools you will need:

  • Your child’s birth certificate or other official verification of age such as a passport, visa or DSHS Medicaid Voucher,
  • Proof of residency (your address), acceptable proof includes government issued documents, lease or rental agreement, utility bills,
  • Immunization Record

School Schedules and Calendar

Below are the closing hours of each section of the Bellingham Private Schools:

  • Elementary School: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • All of our elementary schools offer full-time kindergarten.
  • Middle School: 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • High School: 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.


Bellingham Public Schools safely transports more than 3,500 students to and from school buildings throughout the district, also transporting students on more than 2,000 sports, field and activity trips. Our buses travel more than 700,000 miles annually.

Our professional staff are dedicated to the safety and well-being of all students in the Bellingham Public Schools.

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