From Preschool to Upper School
At St. Paul’s, we embrace a love of challenging questions, rigorous inquiry, free expression, and service to others.
Small class sizes ensure high quality individual attention, where teachers aim to understand the needs and aspirations of every child and then help them to achieve their goals. This one-on-one focus promotes personal growth and enables students to learn and progress at their own pace.
Top Rated Academics
Students excel at St. Paul’s Academy where they participate in our premier college preparatory program and significantly outperform Bellingham and WA public school students on standardized tests (including Advance Placement tests). Our devoted teachers average more than 11 years of classroom teaching experience, and each K-12 teacher has a Bachelor’s degree and most faculty members have advanced degrees.
Students have an opportunity to apply what they learn at St. Paul’s through hands-on, real world applications. Learning extends beyond the classroom with field trips, local overnight excursions, and even international travel. Students at St. Paul’s Academy also have myriad academic options to pursue their interests in a variety of disciplines, including the arts, athletics, language, science, music, math, and more.
Our programs provide each individual child with progressively greater challenges, in appropriate increments, from preschool through upper school. We have music and Spanish specialists from preschool to 12th grade and both art, and physical education specialists starting in Kindergarten. Our faculty works in cross-grade teams to create a curriculum that provides an optimal learning environment and seamless transitions from year to year.
Inclusive of All Faiths
We teach ecumenical Christian values, reinforced by our Core Commitments: Care, Engage, Create, and Reflect. Our students belong to a wide variety of faiths and we both embrace and celebrate the rich religious diversity represented in the student body. This has earned the respect, support and participation of families, students and faculty from Christian denominations as well as Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and other traditions and beliefs.
We are blessed with strong parent commitment and nurture their involvement at our school, both in the classroom and through our parent group, Parents Actively Lending Support (PALS). Parents engage in many volunteer projects, like the Annual Auction Gala. We cultivate a sense of community among families by encouraging them to socialize outside of school and coordinate various gatherings throughout the year. Finally, students learn about and participate in Bellingham/Whatcom County through age-appropriate community service projects.