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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
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  8. Sports
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  9. Food
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Bellingham School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Bellingham, WA. It has 11,524 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 65% in reading.
Address
1306 Dupont St
Bellingham, WA 98225
Telephone
(360) 676-6400

Bellingham School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1240
652 responses
Average ACT
28
219 responses

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
11,524
Free or Reduced Lunch
37.2%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,423
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.3%

Finances

Total Expenses
$113,073,000
Expenses Per Student
$12,861/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    56%
  • Support Services
    39%
  • Other
    5%
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

Bellingham School District Reviews

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I like that they clearly have the kids in mind when they make big decisions like new turf fields or building Options High School. What I find disappointing is the district's lack of reviewing teachers and maintaining a level of teaching quality that is the same for all teachers. In my own personal experience I have had teachers who are not supportive of their students, make inappropriate remarks, and are no longer capable of controlling their classroom. What's so upsetting is the large number of students who have gone to administration and complained about these teachers and yet still here they are teaching year after year. Please listen to your students! They are the best indicators that something needs to change.
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The Bellingham School District is amazing! They care so much about their students and are in the process of upgrading everything from buildings to computers, something much valued and appreciated in our community.
The biggest positive of the Bellingham district is that the teachers, for the most part, seem to care about the students. The biggest negative has been having to take eight classes, which means, no matter what, the more academic classes have reduced class content time across the school year, and there are more classes for students to manage which contributes unnecessarily to their stress. The previous schedule was much better, and a seven period schedule would have been more reasonable and balanced. Please consider changing the current schedule to a six- or seven-period schedule.