Updated April 2022
Bellingham Public Schools offer limited summer programming. Some 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
Students in Bellingham Public Schools who will be in grades 9-12 in fall 2022 may take free online courses for summer school using the Edgenuity platform for credit retrieval or credit ahead.
Please note: students entering ninth grade are limited to Computer Applications and Health for credit ahead.
Summer school courses are accelerated, completing an 18-week class in a compressed 6-week time frame. For this reason, although the coursework is completed online, students need to attend in person at Options High School Monday through Thursday from June 27 to August 4, 2022. This ensures they have quick access to academic and/or technical help.
For more information about high school summer school through Edgenuity, please see the summer 2022 registration form. If you have additional questions, please contact your high school counselor or secondary summer school principal Ronni Weston via email or at 360-647-6871.
Extended School Year (ESY) program
An Extended School Year (ESY) program for students receiving special education services will be offered in July 2022. Qualifying students/families will be contacted. For more information, please contact Joy Rawls in Special Education at 360-676-6400 ext. 2042
Elementary and Middle School
For elementary and middle school: Limited summer programming is available for qualifying students. Families will be contacted directly if their child qualifies for summer programs.
Community Partner Summer Programming
Some community partners have summer camp and child care opportunities available:
- City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of camps and recreation activities, including sports camps run by Bellingham Public Schools high school coaches. See the summer Playbook for opportunities for kids and families. Scholarships are available.
- The Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County has limited summer camp opportunities for students entering grades 1-6. Please visit the Boys and Girls Club summer camp flyer at whatcomclubs.org for more information or to register.
- For high school: Summer session at the Northwest Career & Technical Academy (NCTA) offers free in-person exploration of career fields for students entering high school in fall through non-graduated seniors. Students can earn .5 high school credits while learning about careers such as construction, applied medical sciences, fire science, criminal justice, videogame development, investment and finance, and more. These in-person classes run from June 22 to July 13 at NCTA’s Mount Vernon, Anacortes or Sedro-Woolley campuses, and at Meridian High School. Transportation is not provided. Visit the NCTA websiteor call 360-848-0706 for more information. Registration for summer session opens in late April or early May.