Whatcom Day Academy

5217 Northwest Drive
Bellingham, WA 98226-0982
Tel: (360)312-1103
Grades: PK-8
What do you want for your child's education? Challenging Curriculum; A place to think creatively; Small classes with dedicated teachers; Diverse, non-sectarian environment; Recognition of individual learning styles; High moral and ethical standards.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association for the Education of Young Children
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded 1988

Student Body

Total Students n/a
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 27%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 7 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 10 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(No uniforms)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Mar. 15 / Jun. 30 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $9,500
Tuition Notes Please call or email Whatcom Day Academy for tuition details.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $1,500
Admissions Director Laine Phounsavan


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Chinese Language Lessons, Extended Day Program, Game Club, Improv Theatre Club, Math Club, Music classes, Robotics Club, Science Club, Yoga Club Game Club, Math Club, Music classes, Robotics Club, Science Club, Yoga Club, Chinese Language Lessons,
Extended Day Program,
Improv Theatre Club,

School Notes

  • Whatcom Day Academy offers a high quality, challenging academic program that inspires students to realize their full intellectual and personal potential, and to develop as self-confident learners, competent and critical thinkers, and respectful, responsible citizens.

Profile last updated: 10/13/2015

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School Reviews

This school offers a progressive, 21st century education. Both my children have been there for several years, and not only are they (and most of their classmates) performing well above grade level in most subjects, they are learning to ask questions and follow their interests. It's not about memorizing facts for a test, it's about figuring out the right questions to ask in the first place, finding all the possible answers, and choosing the right one for the circumstance. I''m confident my kids will continue with a lifelong love of learning thanks to the teachers and curriculum at Whatcom Day!
- Posted by Parent, 05/17/16
My son has positively thrived at Whatcom Day Academy. All teachers and administrators know my son, know his interests, and have contributed significantly to his education. His teacher has become more like an extended family member. She communicates with me regularly about how he's doing and what he's learning - far more than just a couple of conferences a year. She works to integrate things she knows he finds interesting into his daily work, and the result is an incredibly happy five-year-old who misses school terribly over the weekend. He has learned an incredible amount in his first year, and they continue to challenge him in a way that is fun for him.
- Posted by Parent, 05/17/16
WDA is an amazing school with teachers and staff who genuinely care about your children and their education. Both of my children started in preschool and are performing above their grade level. My youngest child would actually have been forced to be in a grade lower in public school due to birthdate. My children enjoy learning & experiencing teamwork and how things relate to real life instead of only being taught what is going to be on a test. I am so happy we found this school.
- Posted by Parent, 07/24/14
The teachers really know what they are doing to provide a high quality experience for children and their families. It is more than a school, it is a family-like community.
- Posted by Parent, 02/17/13
We had been at WDA for 3 years and opted to try a different private school in Bellingham. Needless to say we returned to WDA, with a much greater appreciation for the exceptional education we had been receiving. WDA has a much superior math and science curriculum. The teachers at the intermediate and middle school levels are beyond exceptional. My children are engaged, eager learners at WDA! Why settle for traditional, linear education models, when you can have truly active learning? Happy to pay the higher tuition for the very BEST private school in Whatcom County.
- Posted by Parent, 10/27/12

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