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.

School Events Calendar



We are enrolling for the 2022-2023 school year for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders! Info sessions for prospective families will be held through the spring. Our first sessions are March 10th at 6:30pm and March 26th at 11am.  Please register at the following link: http://bit.ly/WIHSINFO 

Up Next

Students will present their projects and standards mastery at our quarterly showcase on January 28th! This event will be closed to the public due to COVID-19 safety precautions, but we will record the event to share with families and community members. The showcase is an opportunity for students to share what they’ve been learning each quarter. Student choose an academic subject or Phenomenon Based Learning project to present to their peers, teachers, and community. If you have any questions about the showcase, please reach out to Cindy Reuther, our executive director. 


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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.