Alongside a wave of progressive women pioneering schools in the Northwest in the 1970's, Billings was founded as The Intermediate School (TIS) by Luanne Billings in 1979. TIS was well recognized in Seattle for its community roots, its attention to the individual learner, and for its use of the city as an educational campus.
After 18 successful years serving grades 4-6 in North Seattle, TIS transformed into Billings Middle School in 1996, graduating our first 8th grade class in the Spring of 1998. In 2001, the school moved into its current Green Lake location at 7217 Woodlawn Ave NE.
Moving to Green Lake allowed Billings to expand, and the school doubled its enrollment between 2000 and 2005. Billings developed deep relationships with the neighborhood, and local resources such as the library, the community center, dance and yoga studios expanded the breadth of our campus. In 2006, the school purchased our main building. The East Village and Outpost buildings, comprising five new classrooms, outdoor program space, and administrative offices were added in 2009.
David Trapp (2005) with his site contractor Arturo Martinez in front of his future home in Paraguay.
“...my time at Billings taught me skills I've been using ever since -- from the independence I developed during trips, to my appreciation of nature. I can honestly say that the experiences I had at Billings were a part of what led me to join the Peace Corps. I loved my time at Billings and still appreciate all the opportunities it provided.”
-David Trapp (2005)
Andrew Ferguson (class of 2000) travels all over the world and works as a Lead Certification Engineer for the KC-46 Wing Aerial Refueling Pod (WARP) for the USAF new aerial refueling tanker and strategic military transport aircraft.
“...it's not just about what you learn in the classroom during formal teaching moments. There is so much to experience and learn in all the in between moments that we often don't consider as "useful", but in reality I think can be even more fruitful than rote educational bits.”
-Andrew Ferguson (2000)
Annie (class of 2008) with her parents at her college commencement ceremony last year. Annie is currently a student at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California
“Billings taught me how to get involved and advocate for myself... To any 8th graders heading to high school, I would say if you've gone to Billings then you definitely have the skills you need to excel. If anything, you will already have a better idea of what is important in your life!”
-Annie Allen (2008)
Sarah Stolnack (class of 2007) currently works as a freelance lighting designer and theatrical electrician in New York City.
“I think I took it for granted while I was there, but now, whenever I tell a story about "on this snow camping trip with my middle school", people are pretty shocked.”
-Sarah Stolnack (2007)
Jordan Smith (class of 2013) hiking in Australia.