BSD Choice School and Language Program Profiles – Bellevue School District

Bellevue School District’s choice schools and language programs offer a variety of learning environments and opportunities for students. Learn more about these schools and programs and what makes them unique.
Those interested in enrolling in choice schools and language programs for the 2023-2024 school year should submit an application by January 20, 2023. Learn more about the application period and how to apply.
Nonresident students who wish to enroll in BSD schools may submit waitlist applications. Learn more on the Inter District Transfer webpage.
Choice Schools
Choice Language Programs
School Overview
Bellevue Digital Discovery is the 30th School in Bellevue School District, which provides an online learning option for students.
 
Who Can Attend Bellevue Digital Discovery School?
 
Synchronous and Asynchronous Instruction with Support from BSD Teachers
Grades K-6 follow the Continuous Learning 2.0+ model. Students have BSD homeroom teachers and BSD elementary specialists. 70% of the school time is synchronous online instruction with real-time instruction between students and their BSD teachers.
 
Synchronous and Asynchronous Instruction with Support from BSD Teachers
Grades K-6 follow the Continuous Learning 2.0+ model. Students have BSD homeroom teachers and BSD elementary specialists. 70% of the school time is synchronous online instruction with real-time instruction between students and their BSD teachers.
 
Flexible and Alternative Learning
Grades 7-12 follow the Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) instructional model. Our 7-12 program includes a partnership with Imagine Edgenuity and allows significant flexibility in where and when students engage in their learning. Students also attend Academic Seminar with four synchronous lessons taught by BSD teachers per week. The BSD teacher checks in with students, answers any questions about the program and the curriculum, and evaluates their progress.
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Attend the Bellevue Digital Discovery Information Night:
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School Overview
Big Picture is a close-knit community of 6th through 12th grade students, staff and families that fosters inclusion for all students, personalized experiences and strong academic relationships. Bellevue Big Picture students are independent, driven, and self-motivated learners who focus on 21st century skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, innovation, communication, personal and academic resiliency.
 
Who Can Attend Big Picture?
Students in grades 6 through 12 can attend Big Picture. The school accepts 75 students in each middle school grade. Admission spots are allocated equally to the four school attendance zones (25% each from East, West, South, and North), and consideration is given to free and reduced priced lunch status and gender.
 
Advisory Classes
Big Picture students have an advisory class all seven years. In middle school, students have two advisors (one for 6th grade and one for 7/8th grade). In high school, students have one advisor 9th through 12th grade. In middle school, advisory focuses on goal setting, college and career exploration, community building, service learning, social emotional learning, and student-led conferences. In high school advisory — in addition to these areas — students receive guidance and support for internships, exhibitions and senior projects. Advisories take turns planning and leading the weekly pick me ups (PMUs), which are student-led community gatherings. In addition, 6th grade advisors lead the 6th grade August Welcome to Middle School Orientation.
 
Project-Based Learning
Big Picture students focus on and excel at project-based learning (PBL) where they inquire about a complex question, problem or challenge. During this process, students learn essential academic content, practice collaboration, communication and critical thinking and create authentic products and presentations.
In the last two months of every school year, high school students design, create, and implement a Freedom Project centering on a topic of their choice. Seniors also complete a Senior Project.
 
Student Internships
Students are excited to discover their true passion by participating in internships in career fields that interest them all four years of high school, including coding, graphic arts, law, health care, architecture, animal care, and much, much more.
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Attend the Big Picture Middle School Information Night:
Attend the Big Picture High School Information Night
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School Overview
International School is a family of 6th through 12th grade students, staff and parents/guardians. International has a strong focus on academics with our seven-year core program and an extensive Senior Project, a capstone project that involves deep learning in an area of student’s choice, internships, service, and assessment by an expert panel.
 
Who Can Attend International School?
Students in grades 6 through 12.
 
6th Grade Retreat and Focus Week
Each September, 6th grade students participate in a whole day 6th Grade Retreat to get to know one another and build relationships right away. In May, all students participate in Focus Week — a week of learning topics that are career-oriented and to your interest.
 
Peer Community Building
Every student belongs to a small community with grade-level peers that meets weekly to build relationships and engage in social activities with each other, in addition to learning about the school.
Every 6th grade student has a high school “big” buddy that connects with them and provides guidance throughout the year. 6th grade students and their high school buddies have lunches together, play games, hang out and talk.
 
Student Organizations
Our Associated Student Body (ASB) and student organizations/clubs are very active. We currently have over 15 clubs (with more to come!) for middle school students to join. Our ASB hosts schoolwide assemblies and socials throughout the year. You may learn more about our clubs here: Student Organizations – International School.
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Attend the International School Information Night:
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School Overview
Jing Mei teaches Mandarin Chinese and English using dual language two-way immersion model. Two-way immersion means student enrollment in the classes is balanced between native Chinese speakers and students who speak other languages such as English, Spanish or Hindi.
Our goal at Jing Mei is for students to:
 
Who Can Attend Jing Mei?
Students in kindergarten through 5th grade.
 
 High Proficiency Dual Language Model
We aim to ensure that all students develop high levels of proficiency in their first and second language. It is our goal that students will perform at or above grade level in both languages and that students demonstrate positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors.
 
90/10 Two-Way Mandarin-English Learning
We are the only school that offers 90/10 two-way Mandarin-English academic learning opportunities to each and every student school-wide in the greater Seattle Area.
 
Content-Enriched Integrated Curricula
Content knowledge is the goal; language is the tool. Students learn languages through content-enriched integrative curricula:
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Attend the Mandarin Dual Language Kindergarten Information Session:
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School Overview
The Spanish Immersion Program at Puesta del Sol gives elementary students an opportunity to complete the Bellevue School District curriculum in a nontraditional and exciting way — by immersing them in the Spanish language and culture from kindergarten through 12th grade. Students in the program become proficient in both Spanish and English, while learning the same curriculum content as their peers outside the program.
 
Who Can Attend Puesta del Sol?
Students in kindergarten through 5th grade may attend Puesta del Sol. Students can continue the Spanish Immersion Program through 12th grade.
Most students enter the program in kindergarten. If openings occur in 1st through 5th grades, students may test into those grades. Entry is by test-in/evaluation only. Students must be at grade level in all areas and will take a written and oral test in Spanish.
Puesta del Sol will accept nonresident entry level applications. The applicants will be placed on a nonresident waitlist for consideration after all resident students have been placed.
 
Students in the Spanish Immersion Program are taught the standard Bellevue School District curriculum but receive instruction in Spanish. They learn to understand, speak, read and write Spanish in addition to English. Classroom teachers have native or near-native ability in the Spanish language and are chosen for their skills and their commitment to the goals of the program. By 5th grade, students from Puesta del Sol test at average or above grade level in core academic areas.
 
Spanish Immersion in K-12
At the elementary level (K-5), students receive the majority of their instruction in Spanish. Teachers speak Spanish to the students, while making sure they understand instructions and receive answers to their questions.
 
In middle school, students take two classes in Spanish each year, Social Studies and Spanish Language, Literature and Culture. Students receive high school elective credit for three years of Spanish Language, Literature and Culture.
 
Students in high school take one Spanish Immersion class each year. Students can earn college credits for AP courses. Students completing the Spanish Immersion program will also receive an International Spanish Academies Diploma.
 
Benefits of Multilingualism
Studies have found that learning a second language at an early age has many benefits:
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Attend the Puesta del Sol Information Night:
Who should attend? Incoming kindergarten families
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Program Overview
Launching in September 2023, the Arabic Language Program provides opportunities for students to study the Arabic language as part of their regular school day at elementary and secondary school levels. Bellevue School District’s Arabic Language Program is a component of the larger Heritage Language Project, which expands multilingual programing to celebrate the strengths of our diverse community and promote multilingualism and social-cultural competence.
 
Locations
We plan to add one to three Arabic language elementary school classrooms in grades kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades to an existing BSD school community. The schools selected will be based on community demand.
 
Who Can Participate?
Incoming kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students may enroll in the elementary school program.
Class sections in grades 6-12 will be added through Bellevue Digital Discovery and available for registration during course selection in February 2023 for current students.
Resident students in grades 6-12 who are home-schooled or are attending private school may attend the Arabic Language class as a part time student. To attend part time, the student may not be attending another Washington State public school, and for private school students, Arabic must not be offered at their school. To request part time attendance, please refer to Procedure 3114P – Part-time, Home-based or Off-Campus Students.
Students residing outside of Bellevue School District boundaries are eligible to apply and will be accepted on a space-available basis.
 
Arabic Literacy and Language Instruction
Students in the elementary program will engage in daily Arabic literacy and language instruction. The Arabic language will be used during other times of the day, such as the morning meeting and during transitions between content lessons in order to increase student exposure to the language.
Students in the secondary program will take one class of Arabic as part of their class schedule.
 
Culture and Curriculum
In addition to the Arabic language, students will study math, science, English, social studies, computer science, physical education, SEL and arts as part of the BSD’s elementary curriculum. It is our goal to support Arabic literacy and language development, and to infuse culture throughout the school program.
 
Part-Time Attendance Offered for Non-Resident, Home-Schooled, and Private School Students
The Arabic Language Program welcomes students residing outside of Bellevue School District boundaries to apply. Non-resident students will be accepted on a space-available basis.
Resident students in grades 6-12 who are home-schooled or are attending private school may attend the Arabic Language class as a part time student. See details above.
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Attend the Arabic Language Information Night:
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Program Overview
In the Spanish Dual Language Program, students from different language backgrounds learn together while instruction is systematically delivered in two languages. Students read, write, listen and speak in both languages becoming bilingual, biliterate and bicultural while working toward grade level academic achievement. Dual language offers a chance for students to add another language while at the optimal age for language learning.
 
Locations
 
Incoming kindergarteners: Anybody who lives within the boundaries of the Bellevue School District is eligible to apply.
The Spanish Dual Language Program will also accept nonresident entry level applications. The applicants will be placed on a nonresident waitlist for consideration after all resident students have been placed.
 
Students entering after the initial kindergarten application process: Any student could be considered as long as they meet the Spanish language requirements and there is capacity in the program.
 

Students who join the program will see incredible benefits throughout their lives. Knowing two languages allows for greater success in university language classes and employment opportunities. Additionally, language skills open the door to other countries, cultures and people.
It is our goal that each student in the Spanish Dual Language Program achieves the following:
 
Biliteracy
Students will be able to read and write at advanced levels in both English and Spanish.
 
Biculturalism
Students will develop positive cross-cultural attitudes to become competent global citizens.
 
Academic Achievement
Students will be able to achieve at or above grade level in academic subjects to be prepared for college and career.
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Visit the Bellevue Family Hub for walk-in hours to ask questions about the Spanish Dual Language Program and receive support with the enrollment application:
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Bellevue School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Mailing address for all three: 12111 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA 98005.
The Bellevue School District is also committed to providing a safe and civil educational environment that is free from harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Report harassment, intimidation or bullying with Vector Alert or at your school. The Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Compliance Officer is Nancy Pham, (425) 456-4040 or [email protected].

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