We meet children where they are, helping them to understand and take delight in themselves, each other, and our world. Our multi-age classrooms give children opportunities to learn from one another and also serve as role models and mentors.
reading and writing
Lifelong skills in reading and writing begin with the space to explore the wonders of language in fun and interesting ways. We create opportunities every day for kids to learn about letters and words. Having fun with what we learn is an important part of valuing reading and writing at any age.
math, science, and environment
More than numbers and counting, we help kids explore and develop avenues for independent and collaborative problem solving. From bugs to outer space, patterns to number games, environmental awareness and protection – we love math and science.
art, music, and imaginative play
Kids learn to love the many ways to be creative with themselves and others. Arts and crafts materials are available for self-expression throughout the day, and there is no wrong way to create anything we can imagine. Music and imaginative play provide endless opportunities to learn about anything and everything.
Children learn through play. Imagination, curiosity, and discovery take flight in playful minds. We encourage positive play experiences every day at BCS. We spend time outdoors every day and believe that anything we can do inside we can do outside.
The essence of childhood is playing and entering imaginary worlds together. No one is left out at BCS. Interaction through play with others fosters collaboration and cooperation. Unstructured play helps children learn to get along with one another and resolve conflicts constructively.
We help children find delight and be grounded in in their own company, prompting them to explore ideas and topics at their own pace. Nurturing our introspective selves and structuring our own time sparks imagination and creativity.
At BCS, you and your children will find
- small class size and ample individual attention
- a multi-age learning environment for preschool, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten
- full-time and part-time options
- summer program
- compassionate communication methods
- afterschool enrichment for preschool and elementary ages
Our teachers have
- a passion for teaching and for kids
- respectful, compassionate communication
- enthusiasm for our curriculum
- eagerness and flexibility to follow the interests of kids
- outside interests, passions and talents
- academic professionalism
School Director, Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten Teacher
Heidi has a commitment to lifelong learning, demonstrated by reading and attending workshops and lectures whenever possible.
After School & Summer Program Director, Preschool Teacher
Alicia first began working at BCS as a classroom volunteer at the age of 12. Her passions are music, arts and crafts, traveling, working with children, and volunteering as a high school youth advisor.
Teacher, Physical Education and Games Specialist
Kathy has been with BCS for over 15 years, starting when both her son and daughter were students at the school. Her interest in cooperative games and activities began when her children were preschoolers and has continued and expanded since then. There’s always a game at the ready – rain or shine!
Before & After School Enrichment Teacher, Preschool & Summer Session Teacher
Aria has lived in Bellingham most of her life, and has worked at BCS since high school, where she spent her summers assisting in the summer camps. She also spent a number of years as a childcare provider for the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, and lived as an Au Pair for a year in Germany during a gap year between graduating high school and beginning college.
Summer Session Teacher
Lydia worked with toddlers and infants as a childcare assistant at her church for two years worked as a camp counselor at day camps last summer on Bainbridge Island. She has also spent time babysitting and nannying for kids in her community. Lydia started volunteering at BCS in April of 2014. She loves working with kids, travelling, riding her bike, baking, and playing outside.
Summer Session Teacher, Substitute Teacher
Molly graduated high school in 2014 and is currently attending Whatcom Community College where she is completing her transfer degree to Western Washington University. Molly has worked for BCS since 2013 and had worked with children – babysitting and leading childcare – for almost five years prior to coming to the school.
A complete listing of our current teaching staff can be found here.
what people say
BCS is a really nurturing, comfortable place for kids to be themselves and to find themselves. It is like a family.
Mary and Dan Hooker
BCS is truly a ‘country school in the city,’ where mixed-age children are encouraged and educated according to their abilities.
I have been very impressed with how I see BCS staff working with kids. They communicate skillfully and caringly, work closely with each child, provide healthy boundaries and structure, and help the kids to find meaning in what they are doing.
Read other positive things people have said here.
visit or attend
Interested in visiting the school? We would love to see you.
Please out the form on this page, call us at 360.220.7403, or email info@
Arrange a visit!
1207 Ellsworth Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
PO Box 957
Bellingham, WA 98227-0957