Bellingham School District

For the 2021-22 school year, there are 25 public schools serving 11,732 students in Bellingham School District. This district's average testing ranking is 7/10, which is in the top 50% of public schools in Washington.
Public Schools in Bellingham School District have an average math proficiency score of 48% (versus the Washington public school average of 50%), and reading proficiency score of 63% (versus the 61% statewide average).
The top ranked public schools in Bellingham School District are Sehome High School, Columbia Elementary School and Lowell Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking. Bellingham School District has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in Washington.
Minority enrollment is 33% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the Washington public school average of 46% (majority Hispanic).

Top Rankings

Bellingham School District ranks among the top 20% of public school district in Washington for:

Category
Attribute
Community Size
Largest student body (number of students) (Top 1%)

Overview

School District Name
Bellingham School District
School District Website
School District Phone Number
School District Grades Offered
PK - 12
2018-2019 School Year Data
This School District
This State (WA)
# Schools
25 Schools
2,435 Schools
# Students
11,732 Students
1,115,276 Students
# Teachers
644 Teachers
60,332 Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
18:1
18:1

District Rank

Bellingham School District, which is ranked within the top 50% of all 305 school districts in Washington (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-2019 school year.
The school district's graduation rate of 87% has increased from 79% over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2018-2019 School Year Data
This School District
State Average (WA)
Overall District Rank
#108 out of 306 school districts
(Top 50%)
This chart display the overall district rank of Bellingham   School District, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
47%
50%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Bellingham   School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of WA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
63%
61%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Bellingham   School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of WA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Graduation Rate
87%
84%
This chart display public school graduation rate of Bellingham   School District and public school graduation rate of WA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.

Students by Ethnicity:

Diversity Score
0.52
0.64
# American Indian Students
117 Students
15,564 Students
% American Indian Students
1%
2%
# Asian Students
657 Students
85,277 Students
% Asian Students
6%
8%
# Hispanic Students
1,908 Students
257,522 Students
% Hispanic Students
16%
23%
# Black Students
235 Students
48,223 Students
% Black Students
2%
4%
# White Students
7,886 Students
601,477 Students
% White Students
67%
54%
# Hawaiian Students
43 Students
12,086 Students
% Hawaiian Students
n/a
1%
# Two or more races Students
886 Students
88,874 Students
% of Two or more races Students
8%
8%

Students by Grade:

# Students in PK Grade:
187
15,751
# Students in K Grade:
844
81,202
# Students in 1st Grade:
836
83,119
# Students in 2nd Grade:
863
83,362
# Students in 3rd Grade:
860
85,777
# Students in 4th Grade:
879
87,538
# Students in 5th Grade:
775
86,850
# Students in 6th Grade:
902
84,497
# Students in 7th Grade:
891
82,499
# Students in 8th Grade:
816
82,140
# Students in 9th Grade:
953
83,832
# Students in 10th Grade:
922
82,736
# Students in 11th Grade:
921
83,658
# Students in 12th Grade:
1,083
92,315
# Ungraded Students:
-
-

District Revenue and Spending

The revenue/student of $14,286 in this school district is less than the state median of $14,719. The school district revenue/student has stayed relatively flat over four school years.
The school district's spending/student of $15,399 is higher than the state median of $15,098. The school district spending/student has stayed relatively flat over four school years.
This School District
This State (WA)
Total Revenue
$168 MM
$13 MM
This chart display total revenue of Bellingham   School District and median value from total revenues of all school districts in WA by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
Spending
$181 MM
$13 MM
This chart display total spending of Bellingham   School District and median value from total spendings of all school districts in WA by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
Revenue / Student
$14,286
$14,719
This chart display average revenue per public school student in Bellingham   School District and median value from average revenue per public school student of all school districts in WA by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
Revenue / Student
$15,399
$15,098
This chart display average spending per public school student in Bellingham   School District and median value from average spending per public school student of all school districts in WA by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.

Best Bellingham School District Public Schools (2021-22)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Sehome High School
Math: 65% | Reading: 89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
2700 Bill Mcdonald Pkwy
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 676-6481
Grades: 9-12
| 1,175 students
Rank: #2 - 32. - 3.
Columbia Elementary School
Math: 65-69% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
2508 Utter St
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 676-6413
Grades: PK-5
| 294 students
Rank: #2 - 32. - 3.
Lowell Elementary School
Math: 65-69% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
935 14th St
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 676-6430
Grades: PK-5
| 291 students
Rank: #44.
Bellingham High School
Math: 52% | Reading: 89%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
2020 Cornwall Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 676-6575
Grades: 9-12
| 1,119 students
Rank: #55.
Fairhaven Middle School
Math: 57% | Reading: 75%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
110 Park Ridge Rd
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 676-6450
Grades: 6-8
| 627 students
Rank: #66.
Whatcom Middle School
Math: 58% | Reading: 73%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
810 Halleck St
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 676-6460
Grades: 6-8
| 717 students
Rank: #77.
Silver Beach Elementary School
Math: 58% | Reading: 68%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
4101 Academy St
Bellingham, WA 98226
(360) 676-6443
Grades: PK-5
| 475 students
Rank: #88.
Happy Valley Elementary School
Math: 53% | Reading: 61%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1041 24th St
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 676-6420
Grades: PK-5
| 439 students
Rank: #99.
Wade King Elementary School
Math: 50% | Reading: 62%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
2155 Yew Street Rd
Bellingham, WA 98229
(360) 676-6424
Grades: PK-5
| 411 students
Rank: #1010.
Squalicum High School
Math: 36% | Reading: 75%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
3773 E Mcleod Rd
Bellingham, WA 98226
(360) 676-6471
Grades: 9-12
| 1,317 students
Rank: #1111.
Sunnyland Elementary School
Math: 50-54% | Reading: 55-59%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
2800 James St
Bellingham, WA 98226
(360) 676-6446
Grades: PK-5
| 300 students
Rank: #1212.
Parkview Elementary School
Math: 45-49% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
3033 Coolidge Dr
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 676-6433
Grades: PK-5
| 317 students
Rank: #1313.
Kulshan Middle School
Math: 46% | Reading: 61%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
(1)
1250 Kenoyer Dr
Bellingham, WA 98229
(360) 676-4886
Grades: 6-8
| 587 students
Rank: #1414.
Geneva Elementary School
Math: 46% | Reading: 60%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1401 Geneva St
Bellingham, WA 98229
(360) 676-6416
Grades: PK-5
| 465 students
Rank: #1515.
Visions (seamar Youth Center)
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1603 E Illinois St
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 676-2787
Grades: 6-12
| 22 students
Rank: #1616.
Roosevelt Elementary School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
2900 Yew St
Bellingham, WA 98226
(360) 676-6440
Grades: PK-5
| 379 students
Rank: #1717.
Carl Cozier Elementary School
Math: 35-39% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
1330 Lincoln St
Bellingham, WA 98229
(360) 676-6410
Grades: PK-5
| 319 students
Rank: #1818.
Options High School
Alternative School
Math: 11-19% | Reading: 60-69%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
2020 Cornwall Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 647-6871
Grades: 9-12
| 157 students
Rank: #1919.
Northern Heights Elementary School
Math: 41% | Reading: 48%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
4000 Magrath Rd
Bellingham, WA 98226
(360) 738-8145
Grades: PK-5
| 425 students
Rank: #2020.
Shuksan Middle School
Math: 34% | Reading: 44%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
2717 Alderwood Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 676-6454
Grades: 6-8
| 662 students
Rank: #2121.
Birchwood Elementary School
Math: 25-29% | Reading: 35-39%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
3200 Pinewood Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 676-6446
Grades: PK-5
| 337 students
Rank: #2222.
Cordata Elementary School
Math: 25-29% | Reading: 30-34%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
4420 Aldrich Rd
Bellingham, WA 98226
(360) 676-6466
Grades: PK-5
| 371 students
Rank: #2323.
Alderwood Elementary School
Math: 20-24% | Reading: 35-39%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
3400 Hollywood Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 676-6404
Grades: PK-5
| 365 students
Bellingham Family Partnership Program
Alternative School
1409 18th St
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 676-6424
Grades: K-12
| 72 students
Bellingham Re-engagement Program
Alternative School
1306 Dupont St
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 676-6400
Grades: 9-12
| 89 students

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Grades: PK - 12
  • Students: 11,732 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 33%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 87% (Top 50% in WA)
  • Overall District Rank
    : Top 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 47% (Top 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 63% (Top 50%)
  • Diversity Score
    : 0.52

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