Bellingham Public Schools

About Bellingham Schools


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District Profile

Bellingham Public Schools has approximately 11,000 students and 1,300 staff members.Our district, worked in partnership with our community, to develop The Bellingham Promise, our strategic plan. 

About Bellingham

Located in northwest Washington, 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.

Bellingham was recently named 16th best place for teachers to work in the United States

For information about Bellingham and the surrounding area please visit the City of Bellingham.

District Report Card

Student achievement data, demographics, absence and graduation rate, and teacher information for our district and individual schools can be viewed on the State Report Card. Click here and use the drop down menu to select an individual school.

This Report Card also contains our district and schools' Annual Measureable Objective Summary Data and here is a link to our AYP districtwide notification letter. Use the drop down menu for more detail. It also contains NAEB data.

Our Schools

14 Elementary Schools
4 Middle Schools
4 High Schools

Input your address to see which schools your child would attend: InfoFinder or view our attendance area maps.

School Schedules and Calendar

Elementary School: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All of our elementary schools offer full-time kindergarten. 

Middle School: 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

High School: 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Click here to view the school year calendar.

Registration Information

To register your child for school you can download and complete the registration forms on this page, 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 records.

If you are registering your child for high school, you may pick up the forms at your local high school. 

School Meals

Food Services employs professionals dedicated to providing excellence in all phases of child nutrition program operations. Low cost, nutritious meals are served to more than 6,000 students every day through breakfasts and lunches offered in all Bellingham Public Schools. Food Services has received four USDA Regional Excellence awards for its lunch programs and the Washington Food Policy Action Center Golden Milk Carton Award for its breakfast program.

Click here to view school breakfast and lunch menus.

Grade LevelBreakfastLunch
K-3$1.50$2.75
4-5$1.50$2.75
6-12$1.75$3.00

Free and reduced lunch application and information.

Transportation

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. 

To find out where your bus stop is, type your address into our bus route locator.

 

Bellingham Public Schools take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact the Department of Teaching and Learning, (360) 676-6502. Bellingham Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities.  The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:  Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Superintendent, (360) 676-6512; Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations, (360) 676-6500; and Compliance Coordinator for 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW, Executive Director of Human Resources, (360) 676-2783 at Bellingham Public Schools, 1306 Dupont St., Bellingham, WA  98225.