Explorations Academy

1701 Ellis St. #215 | PO Box 3014,
Bellingham, WA, 98227-0982
     Tel: (360)671-8085
Grades: 8 - 12
Explorations Academy...
An education that matters.
Explorations is a fully-accredited independent school with a focus on experiential learning, creative development, character building, and college preparation.
Students average one day per week on field outings throughout the region and also participate in annual, month-long overseas expeditions.
Our innovative approach prepares students to become globally-aware leaders for positive change in the 21st Century.

School Overview

School Type Alternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades 8 - 12
Learning Programs Supported Highly Capable Learners
Year Founded 1995

Student Body

Total Students n/a
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 15%
State avg.: 25%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 9 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 75%
Average Class Size 10 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $13,600
Tuition Notes We have scholarship and financial aid programs to make an Explorations Academy education accessible to every appropriate student
% on Financial Aid 40%
Acceptance Rate 80%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Daniel Kirkpatrick
Admissions Associate Sarah Lane

School Notes:

  • Explorations Academy (EA) is our area's only fully-accredited independent high school and provides an experiential curriculum that ignites a passion for learning and inspires creativity, curiosity, and desire to learn in young people who are highly capable yet under-performing in traditional high school settings. It is our priority to encourage bright and capable, yet bored youth to excel academically and create opportunities for life-long success. We expose students to real life experiences to ensure that our students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders, and engaged citizens.
  • Committed to intercultural education, we have hosted international students for one or more academic years.  Our school attracts students from southern British Columbia and we are close to a bus line that connects us easily to transportation from neighboring counties.  Students also have traveled on international study/service expeditions to places as diverse as Peru, India, Thailand, Cuba, Kenya, Guatemala, and Indonesia.
  • Our academic program is college-preparatory, interdisciplinary, and challenging. We offer an experiential approach draws students into the real world through field studies, guest speakers, and service opportunities that complement classroom learning. The curriculum is relevant to current events with small class sizes and integrated subject matter. Evaluation methods emphasize individualized performance assessments, self-reflection and demonstration of skills and knowledge and are not focused on standardized testing.

Profile last updated: 01/22/2014

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Independence High School (0.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Independence High School (0.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Bellingham Cooperative School (0.8 miles away)
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