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.

Bellingham Public Schools Summer Programming

High School students

Bellingham Public Schools students who will be in grades 9-12 in fall 2020 are eligible to take summer school courses as applicable to them. High school summer courses will be offered online from June 22 to July 30.

2020 information is linked below:

If you have questions, please contact your high school counselor or secondary summer school principal Nancy Barga at 360-647-6871, ext. 5103.

Extended School Year (ESY) program

An Extended School Year (ESY) program for special education students will be offered via remote learning in July 2020. Qualifying students/families have been contacted.  For more information, please contact Joy Rawls in Special Education at 360-393-5279.

Reading Support and Summer Book Program

A Summer Book Program provides mailed reading materials to eligible students in grades K-5 over the summer to help avoid summer reading loss. Qualifying students and their families have been contacted. For more information, please contact Barb Del Wraa via email.

Community Partner Summer Programming

For high school students: The Northwest Career and Technical Academy has limited online course offerings for summer, running June 29-July 17: Students entering grade 9 through non-graduated seniors can earn .5 Occupational/CTE credit for free in a summer remote learning session offered through Northwest Career and Technical Academy (NCTA). Visit the NW Tech website for more information or register at

For elementary and middle school: Due to the COVID-19 closures of schools, Bellingham Public Schools will not offer any in-person summer school programs for elementary and middle school students, and as described above, limited options for high school students.   However, some community partners are offering summer child care opportunities in our schools:

  • The Whatcom Family YMCA is partnering at two of our school sites to provide limited in-person child care and day camp for students entering grades 1-5. Please visit the Y’s website for more information or to register.
  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County has limited summer camp opportunities for students entering grades 2-6. Please visit their website for more information or to register.
  • Vamos Outdoors Project has partnered provide a migrant summer program for eligible students.  Qualifying families are being contacted directly.  For more information, please contact Amy Carder via email.