The Mount Baker School District is located in Northwest Washington, starting three miles east of the city of Bellingham, and includes the Mount Baker ski area, which is located in the Mount Baker National Forest on the edge of the Mount Baker Wilderness area. In addition to the incredible scenery, residents enjoy many outdoor activities including mountain climbing, hiking, fishing, boating, water and snow skiing as well as access to the nearby San Juan Islands. The school district is one hundred miles north of Seattle, and sixty-five miles southeast of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and encompasses 622 square miles.
Located in Eastern Whatcom County, the Mount Baker School District serves a diverse population of approximately 2000 students, pre-school through grade twelve. There are three elementary schools, a junior high school (grades 7 & 8) and a four-year high school.
The district is almost entirely rural, and the economy is based primarily upon forestry and agriculture. Many residents work in nearby Bellingham, which serves as the main center of Whatcom County, including a hospital and other medical facilities, performing arts center, museum, airport, retail and manufacturing business, and recreational facilities.