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Bellingham School District Counselors and Support Specialists provide comprehensive, developmentally appropriate education and support to meet the academic, personal/social, and future planning needs of all students.  We empower students to be self-aware, resilient individuals, who can overcome challenges, build healthy relationships, and thrive in our global community. (Bellingham Public Schools Procedure 2140P Instruction, 2014)

Our Role in Student Success:

As per the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) Model, Bellingham Middle School Counselors provide both preventive and responsive services in:

  • Academic Development

  • Career Development

  • Personal/Social Development

The overriding themes of the program will be leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change.  School counseling programs will be an integral part of students’ daily educational environment and school counselors and social workers should be partners in student achievement.

Nancy Howell, Registrar
Monday – Friday 8:45 am to 4:15 pm.
360-676-6470, ext. 4351

Cory Perrin, School Psychologist
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 8:45 a..m. to 4:15 p.m.
360-676-6470, ext. 4354

Beth Schille-O’Connor, School Counselor
Monday – Friday 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
360-676-6470, ext. 4352

Molly J. Foote, School Counselor
Monday – Friday 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
360-676-6470, ext. 4353


College Bound Scholarship

The College Bound Scholarship program is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible 7th & 8th grade students who sign up in middle school and fulfill the College Bound Scholarship pledge.

The program encourages students who might not consider college because of the cost to dream big and continue their education beyond high school. (Washington Student Achievement Council, 2003)

Apply online today by visiting College Bound Scholarship.

Career Development

Middle school is a great time to start thinking about careers.  Many of the skills you’re developing as a student will contribute to your experiences in the world of work. The Bellingham Public Schools are committed to helping students develop the following skills and attributes:

  • critical thinkers and problem-solvers,
  • effective communicators,
  • leaders, collaborators and team players,
  • dependable and responsible workers,
  • innovators and creators,
  • confident individuals who continuously challenge themselves,
  • respectful and compassionate humans,
  • honest and ethical citizens who act with integrity, and
  • well-rounded community members engaged with the broader world.

    (The Bellingham Promise, 2012)

 At WMS, Students are encouraged to:

  • develop an understanding of self, interests, and abilities

  • learn about a variety of careers

  • develop understanding the connection between careers and academics

  • pursue their passions

  • develop understanding of self and others