Options High School is one of four high schools in Bellingham Public Schools. As the alternative, smaller school setting compared to the other three comprehensive high schools in Bellingham (Bellingham, Sehome and Squalicum), Options students attended school in make-shift portables since its beginning in 1995. But thanks to the support of the Bellingham community and the passage of the Nov. 2013 capital projects bond, Options students are now able to learn and grow in a new, contemporary facility opened in time for the 2017-18 school year.
Superintendent Greg Baker remarked in his grand opening speech, “Many communities around the country struggle to figure out how to support these groups of kids at the level you see here today. I’m proud to be the superintendent of a community that supports such a vision. A vision that says all kids are going to have outstanding facilities; all kids are going to have amazing opportunities.”
Alongside state-of-the-art classroom spaces, highlights of the new school include Career and Technical Education (CTE) classrooms supporting courses such as aerospace manufacturing and woodworking, maker spaces for collaboration and project-based learning, a fully functional stage, a full-sized gym, a well-equipped fitness room, and unique spaces supporting teen parents and their children, ages 0 to 5.
View photos from the Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Aug. 21, 2017 and a video and story posted at the Bellingham Herald about starting the school year in this new place.