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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
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  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Bellingham School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Bellingham, WA. It has 11,312 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 58% of students are at least proficient in math and 70% 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
70%
Percent Proficient - Math
58%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1240
485 responses
Average ACT
28
172 responses
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Students

Diversity
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Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
11,312
Free or Reduced Lunch
38.3%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$64,052
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.3%

Finances

Total Expenses
$113,073,000
Expenses Per Student
$12,042/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    59%
  • Support Services
    36%
  • Other
    5%

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 has been an overall incredible experience filled with amazing memories and many opportunities. Not only is this district completely inclusive and welcoming, but it provides students with a safe and knowledgeable location to be educated within. This environment is filled with friendly faces and surrounds each school with endless support, as well as a variety of favorable circumstances to enhance one's educational obligations. Although this school district offers various opportunities for students to grow academically, one change I wish would occur is an agreement between extra curriculars as a split time commitment to each activity. Aside from this minor issue, the Bellingham School District has provided me with an excellent learning experience over the years and I wouldn't have hoped to spend my adolescent years anywhere else.
Bellingham School District provides adequate opportunities for success in the form of teacher support and availability, access to education for those with disabilities, and student resources. The teachers are nice and understanding unless "bad apple" behavior is frequent. Teachers tend to care and talk to you if you are having trouble in classes; they will help you, without a doubt.