What does it mean to be a North Star?




Focusing on each and every child.

Each child is one of a kind, handcrafted by God. With that in mind, our staff focuses on getting to know every student who walks through our doors: their learning styles, their talents, and their families. By going out of our way to understand them as individuals custom-made in the image of God, we're able to better educate each one to become who he or she was uniquely created to be.

Encouraging relationships.

Forming friendships, resolving conflicts, and working together are equally as important lessons as the ones kids learn in their studies. We as a staff believe so strongly in the value of building relationships that we take three retreats each year with our middle-school students to nurture friendships, and students tell us those times together rank among their favorite memories here.

Seeing lives transformed.

We love hearing about how God touches the lives of kids here at BCS. One of our students was singing at home in the shower at the top of his lungs, “S-A-L-V-A-T-I-O-N, no, you can’t get to heaven without it!” His mother was convinced after talking with him later that it wasn’t simply a song he’d learned—it was a truth he’d fully grasped. They knelt together, and right there he invited Christ into his life.

Reaching for the stars.

Our limited class sizes, passionately devoted teachers, challenging curriculum, and high academic expectations for kids to reach for the stars—lavished with extra doses of encouragement—all create an environment that produces graduates who consistently place well above average on the Stanford Achievement Test.

Educating heart and mind.

We believe a good education engages not just the mind, but also the heart. By encouraging in kids God’s heart for people everywhere and extending His justice into the world, we provide the kind of education we thinks matters more than simply making the kind of stellar grades our students do.

Real life preparation for the real world.

Hands-on, practical experiences such as learning to type in Mr. Springs’s third-grade class and blogging on current events in Mr. Swedberg’s sixth-grade computer lab give students skills necessary to succeed in the world. We believe this kind of preparation better equips them to navigate life’s challenges, wherever they’re called.

Integrating a biblical worldview.

By exploring every subject from a biblical worldview—learning in Ms. Montes’s fourth-grade class, for example, how the complexity of our digestive system points to us being “fearfully and wonderfully made”—we as a staff not only set a true standard for academic excellence for our students, we also encourage kids to draw closer to the God who created it all.

Modeling the heart of Christ.

Imagine teachers living what they teach, modeling the heart of Christ alive in them, instead of a faith reduced to rules or facades passing for the real thing. It puts a face to the words, demonstrating honest relationships with God. We help resolve conflicts between students with prayer together, for example, so that as we live authentically before our Lord, students are truly inspired by what they see.

Exploring faith in a safe place.

One of our Kindergarteners recently transferred here after coming home one afternoon and telling his mother, “I love Jesus at home and church, but not at school.” When his mother asked why, he replied, “No one else there does.” His parents decided right then to transfer him to BCS mid-year to begin exploring his faith in a safe, encouraging atmosphere. What is your child saying?

Our mission is to serve children of Christian families in Whatcom County, providing Christian education of  high academic quality that promotes authentic Christian character among students who will impact the world for Christ!

Offering Preschool Through 8th Grade Education.

Bellingham Christian School, located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, is a non-denominational Christian school serving Preschool through 8th-grade children and their Christian families. Your local Whatcom County Christian school serves students from a wide variety of area churches. Bringing glory to God in all areas of the curriculum is the heartbeat of BCS.