In 1993 the Juvenile Court of Whatcom County discovered that 55% of the 287 juvenile offenders that year were not enrolled in school. Home Port Learning Center opened its doors in 1994 in response to this strong community need to provide teens a way off the streets and back into school.
Our services are free to the families we serve, as most of our students come from low income households. We also provide a strong support system for the students enrolled in our school, as this is often missing from their home environment. We look forward to a successful 21st year of serving the at-risk youth of Whatcom County.
Our Learning Environment:
Home Port offers a unique and creative learning environment that provides at-risk youth with a second chance, as many of them are unable to meet expectations of public schools. It is not uncommon for our students to come from difficult backgrounds containing violence, truancy, and drug use. However, at Home Port students receive the individualized attention they need and deserve to attain personal and academic achievement. All of our classes have a strong focus on building self-esteem and relevancy. Our staff is flexible and willing to adjust the curriculum to specific student needs. Upon entering the Home Port Learning Center each student will be assessed to determine their current skill level. One of the keys to our success is the small size of our classes. Classes are no larger than eight students which allows for one-on-one help.We have an 85% average success rate, as these students transition back to public school, BTC, Job Corps, receive their GED, move forward in continuing education, or gain employment.