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1509 Victor Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

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(360) 733-1750
(360) 734-1882
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December 30, 2014
As a parent, you always want the best possible environment for your child. We considered every option when choosing a school for our now-kindergarten son. St Paul's stood out to us for their engaged staff, solid curriculum and emphasis on supporting the whole family, not just the child. Four months into the school year, we could not be more pleased. Our son is thriving on every level. He leaps out of the car every morning, eager to learn and be challenged. Thanks to the small class size, his teacher is able to work with him in small groups, and adjust the work to fit his specific needs. Our son has become part of the community at St Paul's - it warms my heart to walk through the school with him and see him greeted by administrators, teachers and students from other grades. We can't imagine a better place for our son or for our family than St. Paul's, and we're grateful every day that we made this choice!

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2014
I am a parent of a Kindergartener at St. Paul's and I have been so impressed with the school so far! The teachers are incredible! Not only do both of the kindergarten teachers really understand my son and work daily to help him grow academically, emotionally and socially, they are also very transparent, caring and willing to discuss my concerns and questions at any time. My son comes home daily saying how much he loves school and is so excited about what he has learned. My son had no interest in learning to read before kindergarten and has already begun basic reading after only 3 months... the best part is that his teacher is as excited about it as he and I are! Socially they do a great job of working with the kids to teach them how to resolve disputes and always address situations ASAP, they actually have a weekly class on feelings and how to handle emotionally laden situations. My son has a peanut allergy and they entire school has been so supportive and I really feel like they are all looking out for him. He is so proud to call St. Paul's his school!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2014
Teachers push a curriculum that is way too hard for kids to actually understand, and the students are spoiled rich brats, and they're bullies. Don't send your kid here. Its a bad school inside.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2014
St Paul's Academy has been an excellent school for my kids. We have been part of the lower school, the junior high, and the high school. At each grade level we found teachers and administrators who were interested in my children as individuals and who worked to stimulate the most growth and development my children were capable of. Small class sizes are used to great benefit at St Paul's. The school is well supported financially by the families that attend and the larger Whatcom community. The opportunities for sports and extracurricular activities are somewhat different because of the smaller size, but I think my children have had more opportunities to participate (as "average" kids, they aren't sports stars!) than they would have at other schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
Bellingham is so fortunate to have St. Paul's Academy! I am grateful to be able to send my children (ages 10 and 12) to St. Paul's for many reasons, but most important to me is the unwavering support and guidance they receive from the teachers, administrators, students, and other parents. St. Paul's is a place where my kids are celebrated and supported for their individuality. This atmosphere allows them to think creatively and to explore and express their ideas and thoughts. Because of the small class size the teachers are able to really know my children and to support their learning in a unique and individual way. The teachers recognize their particular strengths and are also able to better guide them in areas of weakness. My oldest, just completed 6th grade. Her teachers were universally full of passion for the subjects they taught and have sparked in her an even greater thirst for knowledge and learning. She participated in Middle School sports (Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Track and Field) and was compassionately mentored by 7th and 8th grade teammates (and coaches) in a way that positively impacted her self-confidence and enabled her to grow. We are very grateful!

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2014
Our family has been involved with St. Paul's for 13 consecutive years now and we still love it! We have found paying tuition to be a financial strain, some years more than others, but have continued to make the commitment to stay because we feel it is giving our kids the best educational cornerstone possible. We have told our three kids that we will not be funding their college tuition, and feel that the foundation that they have been given at SPA will give them the ability to study hard in high school, achieve good grades/SAT scores and earn scholarships. We love the small class sizes, the wonderful teachers and staff and the ability to stay in close communication with the people/staff who are teaching our children.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2014
I love this school. My children didn't go to SPA, but I often wonder what it would have been like for them to attend school in such a loving, welcoming environment that fosters individualized education and community service. The students, staff, and parents are all part of a great whole that creates a positive, uplifting experience for those involved. I would wish this kind of schooling for every child.

- submitted by a teacher
May 20, 2014
My older son has absolutely loved SPA! He has had wonderfully engaged teachers which in turn has made him an eager student. The small class sizes are what original attracted us, but the school has offered us more than just that. Classroom/teacher collaborations, guest art teachers, a new strong music program for the intermediate grades, have create a stronger school program. We have had setbacks with a continuous change in leadership, but that seems to have stopped and a strong School Head has emerged and I am sure the rest will start to fall into place.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2014
Our family is in our 7th year with St. Paul's Academy. Our daughter started with 3 Year Old preschool and is now in 4th grade. She is extremely happy at St. Paul's Academy. She loves the small class size and that each person in her grade is a friend. She especially enjoys the specialty programs offered at SPA (Spanish is her favorite) and the experiential field trips. As parents, we appreciate the attention our daughter and all students receive from the teachers and administration. Each student's needs are assessed and addressed and then parents, teachers, and staff work together as a team. The strength of the diversity at St. Paul's Academy is what really sets it apart from other schools in the Bellingham area. The families at the school come from several different ethnic and/or religious backgrounds. Every faith (or non-faith) is welcome and celebrated. In fact, it enriches the lives of the students learning the different customs and traditions of others.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2014
We have had our oldest daughter at Saint Paul's Academy in Bellingham, WA for five years now. We intend to send our young son there as well. I'm not sure I could even imagine a better place to send our daughter. The instruction is excellent, the parental involvement is truly exceptional, the small class size and individual instruction is truly a motivating factor in our re-enrollment each year. The tuition, which is about 1/3 the cost of a comparable school in Seattle or San Francisco, is low enough that this could be a clear reason to relocate to the Columbia neighborhood in Bellingham, WA. Best of all, the student body, staff, and parents create a truly friendly, accessible community that welcomes all different types of parental participation. So many problems in a parent's life are solved when they realize they are sending their children to a safe, well-administrated environment with truly caring teachers and a gentle, well-behaved student body. The fact that the school is located in an urban neighborhood close to our residence that we can walk to has made our educational experience here remarkable.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2014
Our daughter is in her 4th year at St. Paul's and we are extremely happy with the school. We transferred her from a nearby public school district (which is ranked as one of the highest in the area) after becoming dissatisfied from an academic standpoint (the math and chess team trophies in the lobby of St. Paul's said a lot about the importance of academics at the school). The small class sizes are a tremendous "plus" for the school. Our daughter is doing work in math and Spanish that is two grade levels above the standard public school curriculum. In addition, the music, art and literature/writing programs are exceptional. One last important comment: we have been uniformly happy with the faculty - in addition to being excellent teachers, they get much more time to actually teach since small class sizes translate to (1) more one-on-one time with students and (2) few/no discipline issues in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
The small class sizes and individualized attention brought us to St. Paul's 4 years ago. We have been so happy with all of their teachers, including; PE, Spanish, and Music. I also appreciate the moral values that are taught in Chapel. The children who attend the school respect each other, and work together nicely. There is no perfect school, but I feel the needs of my children have been met, and the teachers work as a team with the parents to help make that happen. It is a wonderful learning environment for the whole child, not just academically. We look forward to many more years as Knights at SPA!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2012
I cannot disagree with the previous post strongly enough. I'm not sure of the relationship the person has with the school, but my experience has been that every staff member is professional and does their best to serve the kids at St. Paul's. My children have attended St. Paul's for three years and we have all been very happy there. Yes it's a struggle for us financially, but it's an easy decision - worth every penny!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2012
My child has attended SPA for the past seven years. Yeah, there has been some issues over the years, but nothing out of the ordinary. I feel my child is getting a superior education, well worth the money spent. I am a former teacher and I feel the school's curriculum is very good. The teachers, administration & staff are wonderful. A great college prep school.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2012
SPA offers a breath of fresh air after spending time in the public system. My child loves to go to school and is being challenged. The teachers are creative, weaving various subjects together, and go out of their way in support of the students. SPA offers a wonderful and supportive learning community in which my child is thriving academically & socially. And, yes, the class sizes are small.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2011
Curriculum is so-so but perhaps best in this community, small class sizes but agree with previous reviewers; lack of challenge and traditional approach.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
Tried SPA this year. Found the curriculum set to maximize to "state norms", lacking individual attention and creativity. The math curriculum was ineffectual at meeting our children's need for a higher level of math instruction. Curriculum was lacking in both math and sciences. Our daughter experienced early peer issues that we did not feel the teacher was very engaged in facilitating resolution. Traditional education approach; oublic school education at private school prices. Small class size is the only variable different from public. When we opted to exit before the end of the school year, the administration was only concerned with our payments and did not even question our motives to leave.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2011
This is our 6th year at St. Pauls. It is a good fit for our child and our family. We are going through a transitional period and the parents who are involved are very dedicated to supporting our kids, the mission of the school and our faculty. Without exception, our teachers are incredible! Small class sizes are important to us and we get that at St. Paul's. Any social problems (dare I say bullying?) are dealt with immediately in a constructive manner...it's just not allowed. I agree with the comments below regarding the payment of tuition for a full year even if the school is not a good fit. I think this policy needs revisiting...and I'm sure it could be revisited if people complain about it enough. St. Paul's really makes a point to change things that aren't working...and we, as parents, get to voice our opinion. No school is perfect - St. Pauls is perfect for our family...that's what matters to us.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2010
I agree with a previous parent's review. Being made to pay for a whole years tuition, when a child is a poor fit for this school, is a true hardship on a family and does not represent true christian values and compassion toward others. The head of the school should discuss this with the parents and help in making a decision best for the individual child. By the way - my child has excelled in Public School since leaving St. Paul.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2010
I have not been impressed with public school options in Washington State, or the other local private schools, so we enrolled our daughter at St. Paul's--this is now her second year. It is a solid academic program and the most "college prep" of any school in the county. Great teachers so far, parents are so involved it is a little scary. There has been some turmoil at the top dealing with funding of the high school, but the dust seems to have settled on that. I would definitely recommend this school to other parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2010
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- submitted by a student
October 19, 2009
St. Paul's is a great school! For the first time, my child is being challenged academically. Teachers are superior - caring and competent. The principal only hires the best. Class sizes are low and teachers meet the academic needs of students.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2009
Our Daughter started at SPA this year and we love it. She is being challenged academically in new ways and is loving being part of a small dynamic environment. I searched high and low for a school for my child and feel that St Paul's is the perfect place for any student looking for small classes, involved teachers and parents and a strong academic program. I disagree with the previous reviewer's post about similarity to public school - it is head and shoulders above the PS program in Bellingham in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
I can't emphasize enough that St. Paul's is a school to be extremely cautious of. While some teachers are excellent and deserve high praise, the administration undermines their ability to create a cohesive learning environment. The school fired an excellent teacher mid-year without cause and brought in a replacement a huge disruption to student learning. While the school purports to be a christian school it lacks compassion for families in need and makes no exceptions in their contracts even with many months notice and in cases of extreme financial crisis or when the school is incapable of meeting the needs of students that require extra services. Some teachers have excellent communication while others wait until the last week of school to report serious learning deficiencies in student progress (thus making it impossible to withdraw students that require special services). Their curriculum is nearly identical to that of the public schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2009
I've just read a comment posted on June 17 related to Saint Paul's Academy from a disgruntled parent. I absolutely disagree! I am extremely satisfied with the small class sizes, and careful attention to each student's needs. My two daughters graduated from middle school at St. Paul's Academy and are now attending high school, at Bellingham High School. Regrettably at this time SPA does not have grade 12 yet. My daughters are doing extremely well in public school, due to the fine education, and attention to detail they gained at SPA.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2009
St. Paul's is an excellent school. With fewer than 15 students per class, but more than 30 per grade, my children have received lots of individualized attention and instruction, and yet have a large enough group of potential friends. Parents are all highly motivated, which means that kids are well-prepared and there are lots of volunteers. All the teachers my children have had have been outstanding. I have heard of some teachers that were not so good, but it is a lot easier to remove them than it would be with subpar teachers in public schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2009
I have had children enrolled at St Paul's for the last 13 years. My son started with pre-k, and the 'one room church' Building, the option of the small class sizes, full-time kindgarden, and religious element was very appealing, one terefic year led to another, and my son stayed through 5th grade, then moved successfully to public school. My daughter who also started in pre-k will be in 8th grade in St Paul's upper school and is looking forward the England trip, has loved the school, been challenged academically, and continued to grow not only academically but as a responsible member of this community. I am greatful for the the learning opportunity St Pauls has provided for my children

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2009
Overall, very disappointed with the quality of teachers, lack of communication in the class, very disorganized school. There are no clear rules or established modes of discipline. The classrooms are very small. Because of this, many student reading groups are in the common areas...very noisy and distracting. Children are piled on top of one another. For example, the school has expanded to middle and high school and those students lunch at the main campus, just outside the younger students classrooms. Very hard to learn when you have teenagers giggling and chatting just out your door. This year, many parents have expressed concern over the principals' negative interaction with students, poor judgment and decision making. True class sizes are smaller than public, but good teachers can manage larger classes and do fine. The teachers here are new and inexperienced and cannot manage a class.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 08, 2008
St Paul's is a wonderful, warm school. Our child found the public school a lonely, cold place and St Paul's has been the exact opposite for our family. It is a warm, inviting school with a real sense of community. We are not religious, but it works for us because religion has stayed in the chapel. If we get teacher who begins to teach religion, we will have a problem but so far that hasn't happened.Recent growth has really overcrowded the school and I am hoping to see a plan to deal with that. Overall, I gladly pay my tuition and my children love going to school everyday. It is worth it!

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2007
Great school, very challenging academically. My kids love to go to school every day, grades 6 and 2. The classes are extremely small, the kids are nice. Teachers go above and beyond every day. Teaches morals but doesn't force religion down your throat. Parents are very involved. Not too many sports. Reading very strong, and math strong. Writing and hands on science and art -- need more.

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St. Paul's Academy
1509 Victor Street, Bellingham, WA  98225
(360) 733-1750
Last modified St. Paul's Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
St. Paul's Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top