Last updated: June 27, 2019
Bellingham Public Schools offer limited summer programming, as described below. Most programs are open to specific student populations based on eligibility, often linked to specific needs and or funding sources.
High School Students
Bellingham Public Schools students who will be in grades 9-12 in fall 2019 are eligible to take summer school courses as applicable to them. High school summer courses will be offered at Options High School with computer access and on-site instructional support from teachers from June 24 to August 1, Mondays through Thursdays. Two sessions are offered, 8:30 to 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
2019 information is linked below:
- General Information
- Grad Point Summer 2019 Application (Credit Retrieval/Ahead and Super Seniors) Daily attendance is required.
- BVL Summer School Application (BVL and Moodle Health) Online only courses. BVL Classes offered.
If you have questions, please contact your high school counselor or secondary summer school principal Nancy Barga at 360-647-6871, ext. 5103. Please contact Nancy if your student needs a WTA bus pass to attend summer school.
Summer School at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy
Students entering grades 9-12 can earn .5 elective credit for free in a summer session offered through Northwest Career and Technical Academy (NCTA). A variety of courses are available at the Mount Vernon and Meridian campuses. Space is still available in most programs; students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. All sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Click here for more information or contact 360-676-6470, ext. 7124.
Mount Vernon (transportation provided):
Session 1: June 24 to July 12
Meridian (transportation not provided):
Session 1: June 24 to July 12
Elementary and Middle School Programs
Summer Book Program at Title I Schools
A Summer Book Program will provide reading materials in the mail to eligible Title I students in grades K-5 over the summer to avoid summer reading loss. Title I summer school is funded by federal dollars, which can only be used for qualifying students. Families at Title I schools seeking more information should contact their child’s principal or school secretary.
Extended School Year (ESY) program
An Extended School Year (ESY) program for special education students will be offered Mondays through Thursdays July 1 to 25, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., at Birchwood Elementary School. Qualifying students/families have been contacted. Specialized transportation will be provided. For information, please contact Special Education at 360-676-6470, ext. 4438.
Migrant Program Summer School
By invitation only. Students currently in grades K-6 who qualify for the migrant program have an opportunity to take part in summer school at Shuksan Middle School July 1 to 25, from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursdays (no July 4). Qualifying families will be notified of this opportunity. Transportation will be provided. Breakfast is provided at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at 12 p.m. Meals are open to all Bellingham Public School students. For information, contact Student Services at 360-676-6470 ext.4447.
Summer McKinney-Vento Program
By invitation only. Eligible students entering grades 1-6 are being invited to participate in summer school at Shuksan Middle School, July 1 to 25 Program takes place July 1 to July 25, from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursdays (no July 4). Qualifying families are being notified of this opportunity. Transportation will be provided. Breakfast is provided at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at 12 p.m. Meals are open to all Bellingham Public School students. For information, contact Student Services at 360-676-6470 ext. 4447.
By invitation only. Eligible students entering grades 1-6 are being invited to participate in Promise Academy. Students attend July 1 to 25, Monday through Thursday (no July 4) at Shuksan Middle School from 9 a.m. to noon and take part in an integrated unit on oceanography that includes learning in reading, writing and science. Free breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. and free lunch is served at noon. District transportation is provided for this program. For information, contact Student Services at 360-676-6470 ext. 4447.
Promise Academy Tutoring
By invitation only. Students attend once per week, July 1 to 25, eligible students are being invited to participate. Weekly tutoring includes one 90-minute session per week that includes 45-minutes of reading instruction and 45-minutes of math instruction. All Instruction is catered to the needs of each individual child. Promise Academy staff will contact families who register to confirm a weekly time to bring their child to Shuksan Middle School for tutoring. District transportation is not provided. For information, contact Student Services at 360-676-6470 ext. 4447.
BEATS program for Shuksan Middle School Students
Regular attendees of the 21st Century Grant program at Shuksan Middle School are invited to take part in Summer BEATS at Shuksan, Monday-Thursday, June 24 – July 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., which includes free breakfast and lunch. Contact Sean Flikke (360-676-6470 ext. 4858) at Shuksan Middle School for more information.