Bellingham schools

*Updated for 2019/2020 School Year*

Bellingham Schools rank well in Washington State. For example, Niche.com ranks Bellingham School District as the 17th best school district out of 248 districts in WA state, 16th best for athletes and 32nd for best teachers.


Wondering about the best Bellingham schools and which neighborhoods will get you into those schools? Before purchasing a home, you should contact the Bellingham School District with a property address to confirm the schools. But in the meantime, how do you find the best schools?


This is a subjective answer - while anecdotal information is helpful, it's nice to see data as well. To help, I created a chart of school ratings from a few online sources. It’s interesting to note that clearly these websites use different criteria to rank schools – a school might have a rating of B+ from Niche, but only a 2 (out of 5) on SchoolDigger.com. I even noticed, as I updated grades for this year that the same school’s ranking went up on on one website, while going down on another website.

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Identifying a neighborhood's schools

Again, confirm with the School District before buying a home. But here are the Bellingham School District’s 2019 Attendance Maps:


Bellingham Elementary Schools Attendance Map:

http://bellinghamschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/ES_AttendanceAreaMap.pdf

Bellingham Middle Schools Attendance Map:

http://bellinghamschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/MS_AttendanceAreaMap.pdf

Bellingham High Schools Attendance Map:

http://bellinghamschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/HS_AttendanceAreaMap.pdf


If you would prefer to type in an address into an interactive map, here is the link for Elementary Schools, Middle Schools & High Schools. Click on the arrow at the bottom of the map to toggle between Elementary, Middle and High Schools and click on the magnifying glass in the top left corner to enter an address to confirm the attendance area. Please keep in mind that these attendance areas can change annually!


Surprisingly, there are a fair number of Bellingham students who don’t graduate from High School.

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School Levies

Outdated facilities, inadequate technology resources, etc. can hurt  learning. But a school that  has ranked poorly in the past may experience rapid changes, with voter-approved levies. Here is a January 2020 Bellingham article regarding upcoming potential school levies.

AFFILIATIONS & DESIGNATIONS

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