Whatcom Day Academy shuts down after 26 years

Whatcom Day Academy has closed after 26 years because of long-standing financial and enrollment challenges, the school announced Tuesday, June 30.

The announcement to the public comes less than two weeks after the last day of the 2014-15 school year.

Whatcom Day Academy, located at 5217 Northwest Drive, was a nonprofit, nonsectarian school for students in preschool through middle school.

Ben Webb, a member of the school’s board of trustees, said parents knew about the school closure in advance of Tuesday’s announcement. He declined to say when exactly parents and students were told, or when school administration knew it would close. He also would not elaborate on the school’s financial challenges.

Whatcom Day Academy had 80 students enrolled in the 2013-14 school year, down from more than 100 students the two years before, according to the Washington Education Directory. The school would not provide any enrollment numbers for the 2014-15 school year to a reporter Tuesday afternoon.

The school had a garage sale Sunday, June 24, where toys, books and instructional materials were sold. Webb said there are no plans to continue selling items.

Reach Wilson Criscione at 360-756-2803 or wilson.criscione@bellinghamherald.com.