Bellingham Public Schools

School Attendance Areas

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The largest of seven school districts in Whatcom County, Bellingham serves more than 10,000 students. The District covers 97 square miles and has 73,000 residents. Students attend schools based on neighborhood boundaries. Elementary schools serve children in grades kindergarten through five; middle schools serve students in grades six through eight; and high schools serve students in grades nine through twelve. As enrollment fluctuates and family living patterns shift, school boundaries are adjusted periodically to balance enrollments.

To find a street on the PDFs below, open up the PDF you want, and click on the Search function (binoculars) in the PDF toolbar.  Type in the name of the street and it will be highlighted on the map.  You will need to find the street numbers by searching the map.

  • Elementary Attendance Areas The adopted boundary changes for northside elementary schools (Alderwood, Birchwood, Northern Heights and Sunnyland) will go into effect with the opening of the Aldrich Road elementary school.  The construction of this school is currently on hold.  Current attendance areas remain in effect until further notice. Students living in the Lowell attendance area (yellow, pink and purple shaded areas) will return to their school when Lowell opens in fall 2010.

Parents/guardians may request that their child attend another school in the district through the regular transfer process outlined in Policy and Procedure 3131/3131P: Student Attendance Area Transfers

For more information about attendance areas, please contact the district office at 676-6400.

For additional information, several School Board Policies address student attendance areas.