Phenomenon
Based Learning 

Weaving communities together
through learning.

Photo by Lauren McClanahan

Our Approach

Whatcom Intergenerational High School envisions learning as the authentic investigation of real- world phenomena that focus on issues important to students as well as the community. 

Students work on complex and ambiguous problems grounded in their own interests and curiosity. Learners look at multiple perspectives and use the same methods, tools and skills found in the jobs/careers where the knowledge is used. 

At WIHS, learning is seen as a process and is rooted in rigorous curriculum and subject knowledge designed to build real-world skills. Learning is more structured in 9th grade allowing students time to develop the skills to eventually guide their own learning tasks, design their own learning tools, and assess their own learning process.

“Wake up, take notes, take more notes, listen to your teacher, wake up and do it all again. Not all kids can do this every day.” —HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT