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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Bellingham High School is a highly rated, public school located in Bellingham, WA. It has 1,060 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.

Bellingham High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1230
194 responses
Average ACT
27
43 responses
AP Enrollment
30%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$47,886
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$959
National
$949
Median Home Value
$328,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
84%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
63%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 63 responses
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  • The Homecoming Assembly and the Mantastics!
    35%
  • "Moving Up" Assembly
    16%
  • Homecoming Week and Hall Decorating
    14%
  • Prom
    13%
  • Football and Volleyball
    8%
  • Football games
    5%
  • Homecoming
    5%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,060
Free or Reduced Lunch
30%
56%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,423
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.1%
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.31 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.31 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.31 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$12,861/ year
National
$12,239
87%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.31 responses
32%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.31 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.31 responses
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Bellingham High School Reviews

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If you’re looking more for your child’s academic needs rather than sports needs, then this is the school for them. Although this school is a very close knit community with teachers that care about your wellbeing and learning, it can become very clicky in the sense that students to tend to spirit off into their own little groups not really letting anyone in. But this school provides a lot of school spirit which brings students together during football and basketball seasons to show of there raider pride! The administration is quite lacking and could do a little bit better on focusing on what he students would like. Overall this school can be fun and enjoyable as long as you get involved and speak up.
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I love the staff at Bellingham High School. They treated everyone with kindness and respect. Everyone was so friendly and ready to help! There was a wide range of opportunities provided by the school and the community. One of which is called Running Start. A program which allows high school students to take college classes at local community and technical colleges. This program allows students to receive a higher education at 1/2 the cost, and be ahead of the game by two years! Bellingham High School gave me the confident boost to follow my dreams and to never give up. I will never forget the wonderful staff.
I've attended since 9th grade. Initially, I loved it. I enjoyed my classes, made friends, and had a great time. Towards the middle of my sophomore year, I ended up receiving some threats from a fellow student, and in order for the administration to do anything about it, I had to mention bringing it to the police if they failed to take action. They tried to deal with it in their own way, which seemed to work. However, once I began Running Start, it was obvious that we were not as high on the priority list as full time students, probably because we don't make them much money. I had to fill out an entire proposal just to get P.E. waived, even though I had 2 doctors notes, and a completed waver form. They claimed that it I was 'faking it' and I had to go all the way to the principle in order to finally get it approved (even though I had a psychiatrists note for my anxiety disorder). Senior year they are very helpful, and I received good advise on my college applications.