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 Language Programs
Bellevue Digital Discovery is the 30th School in Bellevue School District, which provides an online learning option for students.
Attend the Bellevue Digital Discovery Information Night:
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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.
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.
Attend the Big Picture Middle School Information Night:
Attend the Big Picture High School Information Night
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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.
Students in grades 6 through 12.
Attend the International School Information Night:
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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:
Students in kindergarten through 5th grade.
Attend the Mandarin Dual Language Kindergarten Information Session:
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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.
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.
Attend the Puesta del Sol Information Night:
Who should attend? Incoming kindergarten families
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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.
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.
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.
Attend the Arabic Language Information Night:
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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.
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:
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].