The Community Engagement committee – a joint venture of the Bellevue Schools Foundation, PTSA, and Bellevue School District – hosted the Alphabet Soup event on March 26. This event educated parents about the different programs, as well as the difference between programs, that are available for Bellevue School District students. Provided below are resources for or those who attended, or are looking for more information.

Advanced Learning (AL)

Advanced learning services are designed for students in need of academic services at an advanced level and accelerated pace due to their ability to comprehend and process information and go beyond the scope of the general education classroom.

  • Visit the Advanced Learning page and complete the online application, available from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 each year
  • Confirmation email will be sent upon successful completion of the application
  • For questions or concerns please email or call (425) 456-4136

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program has enabled millions of students to take college-level courses and earn college credit, advanced placement, or both while in high school. AP Exams are taken in May by students participating in American, Canadian, and international educational institutions. The tests are the culmination of year-long AP courses. All but one of the AP exams combine multiple-choice questions with a free-response section in either essay or problem-solving format.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is recognized as one of the most academically rigorous, college preparatory programs in the world. This highly respected, two-year curriculum focuses on classical liberal arts and sciences. Founded in the 1960’s to serve international students, the IB Diploma Program is now available in over 1,460 schools around the world. Interlake High School is proud to offer this challenging educational program designed to prepare students for a wide variety of life options, especially success in college.


Advanced Language Programs: Dual Language (DL) and International Spanish Academy (ISA)

In the Dual Language (DL) programs, 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, bicultural while working towards grade level academic achievement. Dual language offers a chance for students to add another language while at the optimal age for language learning.


Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

AVID is a structured college preparatory system that provides direct support for first-generation college-goers. AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.


Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Washington Network for Innovative Careers (WANIC)

Career and Technical Education ensures flexible and relevant learning experiences that keep students engaged in their classes while providing a real-world, career-oriented curriculum. CTE students acquire skills and knowledge relevant to future careers, and enhance academic achievement so they will be prepared for entry into college and the workforce.


Who can help with questions, concerns or coursework?

Your students’ counselor or a member of the Teaching and Learning Department.

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