Welcome from the Head of the School
Thank you for your interest in St. Paul’s Academy, a small school with great aspirations. Our vision, to provide a premier college preparatory education, attracts families of diverse backgrounds from the greater Bellingham community as well as Whatcom and Skagit Counties. We are united by our commitment to children and young people, and the desire to deliver an excellent educational experience. We intentionally engage the heads, hearts and hands of the young scholars entrusted to our care.
Small class size and a challenging yet nurturing environment characterize the St. Paul’s experience. Respectful, trusting relationships enhance learning as teachers provide meaningful attention to each student.
The pre-K through grade 12 curriculum provides an instructional progression designed to optimize each student’s talents. We emphasize core academic skills and content. Integrated technology facilitates teaching and learning. We offer the unique opportunity for students in Lower and Upper Schools to study a second language. We currently offer Spanish.
A college preparatory program is inherently well-rounded; therefore, we offer opportunities for student participation in the arts, physical education and athletics, as well as other activities. Lower and Upper School students attend age-appropriate chapel services. As an independent, ecumenical school with a strong Christian history and tradition, we welcome families of all backgrounds and beliefs. Community service and service-learning extend learning beyond the classroom, as do travel-study opportunities. We take advantage of incredible outdoor opportunities here in the Great Northwest. We also introduce students to other countries and cultures through international travel that complements and expands our academic program. We are committed to preparing our graduates to understand, compete and succeed in a global economic environment.
We are proud of our physical facilities. Little Epistles' Pre-School (LEPS) includes a full-sized gymnasium and provides diverse instructional space for the growing needs of our youngest students. Our Lower School building fosters a sense of community as classrooms encircle common spaces for gym and chapel. We are particularly pleased to showcase the Upper School, which opened in the fall of 2011. This 50,000 square foot, purpose built facility features outstanding learning spaces: classrooms, laboratories, library, a full gymnasium and stage, chapel, and a commons area.
We invite you to visit our wonderful school and find out why it has become a popular choice for families who want an excellent, well-rounded, college preparatory education.
Call or email today for more information.
Lily J. Driskill, Ed. D.
Head of School, St. Paul’s Academy