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Mission and Vision

Welcome to Happy Valley Elementary School.  Our mission at Happy Valley is to actively engage students in learning experiences that emphasize teamwork and civic responsibility through school and community partnerships.


Happy Valley Elementary students demonstrate excellence as:
  • Critical Thinkers
  • Problem Solvers
  • Quality Workers
  • Collaborators
  • Citizens in our Community and School
Golden Rule:
At Happy Valley we always do our best!
  • Be responsible
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Safe



Happy Valley in 1956

Happy Valley Elementary School, located adjacent to Western Washington University, is in Bellingham, Washington, which is a growing community situated in the North Puget Sound. It serves an ethnically and socio-economically diverse population of approximately 400 students, in grades PK-5. It was created in 1956 when there was a need for a new school to house the kids of the growing population in the south side of Bellingham. When Happy Valley Elementary School opened in November 1956, to 203 students, it was surrounded by a rural atmosphere with cows and horses. Today, the school’s population stands at 420 children with a teaching staff of approximately 30. The cows and horses are gone, as well as the fields, but the school remains as vital to this neighborhood as when it first opened.

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 »