Bellingham Virtual Learning

A fully online option for Bellingham families for 2020-21 

Effective August 2020, we expanded our Bellingham Virtual Learning offerings to provide K-12 options for students and families who need a fully online option for a semester or year, regardless of what stage we’re in in the Reconnect Plan. Students work independently on their own schedule by accessing their courses with an online curriculum and support from Bellingham Public Schools teachers and other staff. 

This model may be a good fit for students that respond well to independent, self-paced learning, families that have health concerns returning to in-person instruction during COVID and families that have older students who may be supporting younger children’s learning at home.  For more information about how Bellingham Virtual Learning (BVL) compares with our Neighborhood Reconnect plan or the Bellingham Family Partnership Program, view our comparison chart. 

Students enrolled in Bellingham Virtual Learning have access to Bellingham Public Schools’ resources and supports as well as their neighborhood school events, extracurricular activities, clubs and athletics. They will be provided a laptop to engage in the curriculum. 

    • Students at elementary use the Accelerate Education online curriculum that includes the following subjects: English language arts, math, science (semester 1), social studies (semester 2) and optional electives such as art and coding (offered mid-semester). Families will receive login information from BVL staff. For more information about spring 2021 K-5 BVL, please take a look at this video from the elementary BVL team:


  • Middle and high school students use Edgenuity, which is accredited and is an equivalent/alternative to (but is different from) most of the courses offered at our neighborhood schools. For a course list, please see our spring 2021 student and family handbook


For students in grades K-5, please contact Kate Baehr or 360-676-6470 ext. 6424
For students in grades 6-8, please contact Nikki Lockhart or 360-676-6454 ext. 4861
For students in grades 6-12, please contact Nancy Barga or 360-676-6470 ext. 5103

BVL Contacts

High School BVL
Nancy Barga
360-676-6470 ext. 5103

Middle School BVL
Nikki Lockhart
360-676-6454 ext. 4861

Elementary School BVL
Kate Baehr
360-676-6470 ext. 6424


Middle and High School BVL Handbook, updated Jan. 2021