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.

WHWS Solar-Funding Campaign

Solar panels are an investment in our school's future! They will save the school over $5,000 per year for the next 7 years and will provide cost-free, emission- free electricity over their 25-30 year lifetime. The great news is that we are already halfway to meeting our funding target, with a combined $35,000 already donated. A significant portion of the money donated so far has come from the "SunFunders." The SunFunders are a group of families that have each generously contributed between $1,000 and $5,000 to help seed this project. We need at least 5 more SunFunders to ensure that the solar project shines. If you'd like to be a SunFunder, click here. All SunFunders will be recognized (if they wish) by name, logo, company, or with a quote displayed on a piece of beautiful art that will be displayed outside the school upon installation of the project.

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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.

Wednesday, April 16

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.

Help us Go Solar!

We are students at Whatcom Hills Waldorf School and we are leading the way to a future powered by clean, renewable electricity!

Click the link below and donate today on our Kickstarter page!


Annual Giving / Solar-Funding Campaign

Our goal is to raise $70,000 over the next two months. This will allow us to reach our annual giving goal of $35,000 and to raise the funds for the installation of solar panels (roughly $35,000) on the roof of the main building.

To find out more about our Solar-Funding Campaign or how you can become a SunFunder Click Here.


Welcome to the WHWS Online Auction. You will find selected items we have made available after our live event. 

To bid, click the Register link on the Home Page, then browse through the items and place your bids! The wool button blanket at right is one of the items up for bid. We will be adding more items in the next few weeks, so check back often. If you were unable to attend the live event, this is your chance to support the school and have fun bidding. 

The auction will end on May 2nd at noon, so bid early and often. Please share this link with friends and family. And thank you for supporting our wonderful school.

Click here to bid

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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