City in Focus: Bellingham

If you enjoy tranquil lakes and scenic mountain views you might want to consider putting your roots down in Bellingham, Washington. It offers its residents a wide-variety of living within its city limits, such as: being in close proximity to town, wooded estates, and waterfront options. 

Nestled between Lake Whatcom and Bellingham Bay, you can venture from downtown and in minutes be in rural farmland, the North Cascades or out on the salt waters around the San Juan Islands. Bellingham is situated about 80 miles North of Seattle and 55 miles South of Vancouver, BC. 

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Schools in Bellingham

Bellingham Public School District has approximately 11,000 students and 1,300 staff members. It has recently been named 16th Best Place for Teachers to Work in the United States. 

Exquisitely tucked in the hills overlooking Downtown Bellingham is one of the best small colleges in the country: Western Washington University. Its high graduation rates and beautiful campus adds to the character of Bellingham. In partnership with the university, Bellingham also has The Northwest Film School. It is a private, non-profit educational institution specializing in digital media production that offers a one-year certificate in Video Production.

Apart from this, there are also other community colleges and institutions of higher education in Bellingham. These are:

  • Trinity Western University (Satellite campus)
  • Whatcom Community College
  • Bellingham Technical College 
  • Northwest Indian College
  • Charter College
  • Lean Leadership Institute
  • Washington Engineering Institute
  • Washington Technology Institute

Listed below are the top 10 schools based on their *GreatSchools Rating


Silver Beach Elementary
Carl Cozler Elementary
Columbia Elementary
Lowell Elementary
Alderwood Elementary
Happy Valley Elementary School
Wade King Elementary
Geneva Elementary
Parkview Elementary
Sunnyland Elementary


Fairhaven Middle School
Whatcom Middle School
Kulshan Middle School
Assumption Catholic School
Bellingham Christian School
Bellingham Cooperative School
Whatcom Day Academy
Whatcom Hills Waldorf School
Lynden Christian School Evergreen Campus
Compass School

High School

Bellingham High School
Squalicum High School
Sehome High School
Meridian High School
Explorations Academy
St. Paul's Academy
Options High School
Meridian Special Programs
Home Port Learning Center
Alger Learning Center & Independence School

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