Explorations Academy

Location and Size

Explorations Academy is located in downtown Bellingham, Washington, a city of over 80,000 people. Bellingham is the largest city in Whatcom County - a county of immense beauty, diverse ecosystems, plentiful opportunities for outdoor leisure and adventure as well as a thriving sense of urban and rural community and an active arts and entertainment scene.

Our facility is an historic building located along the banks of Whatcom Creek. It comprises about 3000 square feet of classrooms, library, offices and project areas. However, much of an Explorations Academy education takes place outside our building; students average about one day per week of field outings, including local, regional, and international expeditions.

School enrollment has been increasing every year, and we are expecting to enroll up to 40 students for the 2013-2014 school year. We currently have four full-time faculty and five part-time faculty. Our curricular program is based on interdisciplinary clusters of courses which follow a common theme, with class sizes of about ten to twelve students. We run three academic terms from September to June, and offer optional summer, intersession, and independent study courses.

Check out this video to learn more about Explorations Academy's education.

 

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

Personal

“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.

Discover our history and philosophy.

 


Social

"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.

Discover our commitment to service.



Global

"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.

Discover our curriculum.

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Lab Class

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New Student Application Form

2010 Student Application.pdf — PDF document, 388 kB (397795 bytes)

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Communication Forum

Communication Forum.pdf — PDF document, 2651 kB (2714808 bytes)

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Visitor Night March 2010

Visitor Night 3-10.pdf — PDF document, 2713 kB (2778500 bytes)

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Outreach Week Events

2010 Outreach Week Flyer.pdf — PDF document, 2446 kB (2505014 bytes)

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Fall 2010 Curricular Overview Sheet

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The Great Mystery Registration Form

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Thanks for your Giving!

We want to raise $12,000 by Thanksgiving to fund increased financial aid requests for this year. Be Generous and support us now with a monthly pledge. Thank you!

Thanks for your Giving Campaign flyer.pdf — PDF document, 1339 kB (1371606 bytes)

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Will You Give?

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Donate Now!

Your support makes all the difference!
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Thanks for your Giving

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2012 Mystery Registration

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Great Mystery Registration Form

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Events

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TED Talk Tuesday
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Student Application 2014

2014 Student Application.pdf — PDF document, 377 kB (386553 bytes)

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Daniel facilitating TED Talk Tuesday
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Class of 2014

From left to right: Sophia, Zola, Katie, Daniel, Chris.
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Explorations Videos

Why Explorations Academy?

Students and teachers share what they value most about our school.

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

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Upcoming Events
Last Day of Winterim Feb 12, 2016 08:00 AM - 03:00 PM — Explorations Academy, 1701 Ellis Street, Bellingham WA, 98227
Winter Term End Event Feb 12, 2016 05:30 PM - 08:30 PM — Explorations Academy, 1701 Ellis Street, Bellingham WA, 98227
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