After two years of construction and lots of anticipation, the new Chinook Middle School was unveiled on September 2nd. With greater access to technology, covered walkways, new athletic facilities and a space designed with a sense of openness, Chinook Middle School has it all.

“The first time I walked into the new Chinook I was just amazed.  It was so big and it was so new and it was such an update from our old campus.  I was just in awe that this was my new school,” described 8th grader Sarah Ihn.  “Chinook Middle School is an amazing place to be,” she said.  “My favorite part of the school has to be The Commons area.  It’s the center of the whole school and it’s where we have lunch.  I just love the big windows and the natural light that we get,” said Ihn.

Students have a permanent sense of belonging in the new building.  No longer are they in a temporary school.  Students are proud to call Chinook their own.  “It feels like I’m at home,” said Ihn.

“The new building really supports our efforts in preparing students for college, career and life in one key way.  A brand new building sends this message that our entire community supports education and believes that it is important to the point where they will invest in our future,” said Chinook’s Principal Vic Anderson.  “When we come in, we’re inspired,” Anderson said.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.