Whatcom Intergenerational High School

Weaving communities together through learning.

Creating a sense of place for generations to come together

Nurturing each student's academic interests and passions

Designing a holistic education that nurtures mind, body, spirit and community

Ensuring every young person is prepared for college and able to contribute to a more just and sustainable world.

Exploration, connectedness, and a sense of belonging

A tuition free public charter high school
serving Whatcom County

Phenomenon Based Learning

Students co-create their classroom experience, enabling them to pursue their passions, think critically, solve problems, and be creative. This approach helps them develop a strong sense of individual and community culture while exploring real-world skills.

Critical Literacy

Expanding worldviews and fostering better thinkers. Students are taught to understand that no text is neutral – bias is in everything. Critical Literacy is the ability to spot these biases and see the power dynamics in books, social media, music, art, news, and other resources.

Intergenerational Learning

Creating safe spaces for generations to come together and share their wisdom, skills, and knowledge. We value our elders and all the life experience they bring. Community elders provide education, support, and connection for students, both in and out of the classroom.

We incorporate the First Peoples Principles of Learning as a way of broadening perspectives and embracing many ways of knowing. By practicing these principles we are able to foster student growth that supports the self, family, elders, community and the land.


May 22




WIHS invites you to join us for free ice cream. Come and learn about the school, meet the team, pick up and dropp off enrollment papers.

We look forward to seeing you!

1:00pm Ferndale Villa- 2348 Main St.

2:00pm Ferndale Library- 2125 Main St.

3:00pm Beacon Manor Apartments- 2308 Douglas Rd.

May 22

Food Truck with Free Pizza at Bellis Fair Mall.

12:00 – 2pm- Bellis Fair Mall (Target Parking Lot)

May 24

Founding Family Fun Night


WIHS Founding Families are invited to our montly Family Fun Night. 

This month we are celebrating with cookies! 

May 23

Make Your Mark!

Founding Students! Help us decorate the barricade at  our school campus while it undergoes construction.

Register using the following link.

May 27

Join us for our next Info Session!

Register using the following link.

June 5

Founding Student FUN! 

Saturday, June 5th- Elizabeth Park

1:00 – 2:30 pm 

Join for an afternoon of rock painting, chalk art, snacks and outdoor fun! 

June 19


Join us for a celebration of WIHS and all the amazing work our students have done this academic year!

Satuday June 19th from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Zuanich Park, Bellingham

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Mission & Vision

Whatcom Intergenerational High School envisions learning designed with students and supported by elders. We see this generating deep inquiry skills, thoughtful interactions, and critical consciousness, ensuring every young person is prepared for college and able to contribute to a more just and sustainable world.