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Bellingham's premiere independent high school emphasizes education that is Personal, Social and Global.


“I love that Explorations provides an open, caring, supportive, kind and inclusive environment that allows my child to express his wonderful personality without judgment.” - Parent

Attend small classes, work with supportive faculty and staff that know you by name and face, and realize your full academic and social potential.

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"I value this school like my home. It makes me feel whole and comfortable. I am glad that I am able to be a part of the big Explorations family and appreciate everything that makes it possible." - Student

Our thriving school community consists not only of our impressive students, but of our enthusiastic staff, equally enthusiastic family members, dedicated volunteers, and incredibly generous donorsExplorations Academy also frequently participates in both local and international service projects, which allows students to cultivate a sense of global citizenship and environmental stewardship.

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"Without Explorations I would never have met with Buddhist monks, or gone on a two-day trek through a rainforest." - Student

Explorations Academy is a fully-accredited independent high school in Bellingham, Washington. Students at Explorations Academy  travel internationally, trek in the backcountry of our beautiful region, and develop independent study, among other things.

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Explorations Videos

Students and teachers share what they value most about Explorations Academy (produced June 2014).

Explorations founder and director Daniel Kirkpatrick speaks at TEDxBellingham about his educational philosophy.

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Upcoming Events
Colombia Expedition Jan 12, 2015 - Feb 06, 2015
TED Talk Tuesday: Fighting Injustice Feb 03, 2015 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM — Explorations Academy, 1701 Ellis Street, Bellingham WA, 98227
"Catch 22" Matinee Performance Feb 05, 2015 12:00 PM - 02:30 PM
"Catch 22" Performance Feb 06, 2015 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM — Explorations Academy, 1701 Ellis Street, Bellingham WA, 98227
"Catch 22" Performance Feb 07, 2015 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM — Explorations Academy, 1701 Ellis Street, Bellingham WA, 98227
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