Founded in 1986, the Whatcom Hills Waldorf School (WHWS) in Bellingham is part of the largest independent, non-denominational educational movement in the world. WHWS integrates academics and the arts, inspiring life-long learning in each student and enabling them to fully develop their unique capacities and potential. Children love to learn through our vibrant, creative and balanced educational programs for preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school students.  This year we celebrate our 25th anniversary in Bellingham. Come visit and get to know us! Guided tours every month provide a first hand experience of Waldorf education in action.

Dreading Middle school:

We started looking at private schools when our son reached 5th grade and was about to move to middle school. At the middle school our son would have to fend for himself due to poor teacher-student ratios, spend his time dodging peer pressure and buried under hours of homework.

When we found WHWS we were delighted to see (1) a vibrant and lively school where childhood, family, community and the web of life are honored and celebrated, (2) where the learning process involves the whole child through active, hands-on, experientially rich experiences, and (3) the classrooms are developmentally targeted.  The class sizes are half of those in the public school, there is time during the day to do most of the work, and peer pressure is a minor issue since each class is a close community of students and teachers, in which each student is appreciated for their uniqueness, while a deep sense of belonging and interdependence builds a highly cooperative climate.

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Waldorf is the fastest growing educational movement in the world and is more affordable than ever. Come see for yourself why  Waldorf education works. Our multi-disciplinary methods are known for integrating different learning styles and are considered cutting edge by expert educators. Guided tours are available by appointment. Visit classes, meet teachers and ask questions. Experience how our unique Early Childhood programs prepare students for the academic and social challenges of the grade school. Observe how Main Lessons inspire a lifetime of learning as you walk through Grades 1-8.

Private tours while classes are in session are scheduled once a month or by appointment. Adults only, please.

Families are welcome to visit, just call for your appointment.

To register for a Guided Tour, contact the Enrollment Coordinator:
T: 360.733.3164 ext. 101 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Back to School - Grades & Kindergartens
Wednesday, Sept 3

All School Picnic & Contra Dance
Friday, Sept 5 

First Day for Preschool
Monday, Sept 8

Back to School Night
Tuesday, Sept 9


Educating Children For the Journey

Waldorf teacher, Jack Petrash gives us his valuable perspectives on educating children.

Preparing for Life  

A New Film from Paul Zehrer and the Waldorf School of the Peninsula

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