District Profile

Bellingham Public Schools has approximately 12,000 students and 1,300 staff members. Our district worked in partnership with our community to develop The Bellingham Promise our strategic plan.

About Bellingham

Located in northwest Washington, Bellingham is between two major metropolitan areas, Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. Strategic investments in parks, trails and preserved open spaces offer numerous recreation opportunities. Several public/private partnerships support the arts and cultural district downtown. Bellingham’s active waterfront hosts a range of marine activities. Bellingham is also home to three institutions of higher education: Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College and Bellingham Technical College.

Bellingham was recently named 16th best place for teachers to work in the United States.

For information about Bellingham and the surrounding area please visit the City of Bellingham.

District Report Card

Student achievement data, demographics, absence and graduation rate, and teacher information for our district and individual schools can be viewed on the State Report Card. Click here and use the drop down menu to select an individual school.

This Report Card also contains our district and schools’ Annual Measurable Objective Summary Data. Use the drop down menu for more detail. It also contains NAEB data.

District Recognition

Bellingham Public Schools was one of only two districts in Washington state awarded with the State Auditor’s Stewardship Award at the 74th annual Washington Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) conference in June 2018. This award recognizes the Department of Finance and Operations for being an outstanding example of commitment to safeguarding public resources through transparency and accountability.

School Day Information

Visit our school day information webpage to learn more about school meals, school supplies, transportation, emergency and safety, weather procedures and more.


Bellingham was recently named 16th best places for teachers to work in the United States

for information about the Bellingham area please visit the City of Bellingham