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Mission and Vision

Welcome to Wade King Elementary School. Our school aims to develop knowledgeable, skilled, compassionate, principled, and action-oriented young people through a rigorous program of inquiry. King students become internationally-minded individuals who help create a better world.

Wade King Elementary is a learning community of adults and children. We offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. Building upon the understanding of their own cultures, community members acquire a second language and gain a deeper understanding and respect for other cultures and global interactions. Learners apply and use their skills and knowledge through six transdisciplinary themes of inquiry and take meaningful action on their new learning.

Core Beliefs

    • Student success is a shared responsibility among school, home and community.
    • Individuals respond to high expectations for learning and behaving.
    • Children are naturally curious and want to learn about their world.
    • Modeling and demonstration have a powerful influence on learning.
    • Successful inquiry often empowers the learner to take meaningful action.
    • Risk-taking and making mistakes are a valuable, positive aspect of learning.
    • Resiliency and life-long learning are necessary skills for success in our rapidly globalizing world.


Developing children who will change the world.


Wade King School is located in Bellingham, Washington, a community of about 80,000 people located 90 miles north of Seattle and approximately 20 miles south of the Canadian border. Our spectacular school, built in 2008, is winning green points for its use of natural lighting!


Emergency and Safety Information

Keeping our students and staff safe at school is a top priority. Bellingham Public Schools coordinates with all local emergency responders to ensure our procedures and plans for fire, earthquake, lockdowns and other drills are current and reflect best practices for student safety.

What to do in an emergency »

Weather Procedures and Snow Routes »