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Instructional Initiatives

In the fall of 2013, the district unveiled three new Instructional Initiatives, a set of priorities for the next three to five years which are closely aligned with the district’s mission. Learn more…

Academic Success

The first initiative, Academic Success, focuses on early proficiency in core subject areas.  During the 2014-15 school year, staff were trained on utilizing a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) approach to identifying student learning needs, implementing evidence based strategies to increase student learning, and monitoring progress to ensure all students are on track to demonstrate proficiency in reading by third grade, in math by fifth grade, in writing by seventh grade, and in science by eight grade.  Literacy specialists were provided at 13 elementary schools this year and will be provided at all 17 elementary schools next school year.  Ten elementary schools have implemented STEM curriculum, which will also expand to all elementary schools in 2015-16.

College and Career Readiness

The second initiative, College and Career Readiness, prepares students to graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills to be successful once they leave Bellevue schools.  To achieve the goal of 100 percent graduation rate by 2018, the district hired a leader of graduation success and two progress monitors.  These leaders are utilizing best practices in early intervention for drop-out prevention and are building relationships with students and developing programs to ensure all students graduate from high school.

The district offers many opportunities for students to earn college credit while in high school, such as Running Start, college in the high school, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Career and Technical Education.

Positive and Productive Life

The third initiative, Positive and Productive Life, looks at the “whole child,” and ensures that students are prepared to lead a positive life by building social-emotional knowledge and skills, as well as developing a sense of connection to and responsibility for the community.  New social-emotional learning curriculum was implemented at the elementary level during the 2013-14 school year and the middle school level will pilot curriculum during the 2015-16 school year.

Our Guiding Principles

Excellence: Exemplary Education

All staff and community are focused on student academic success, personal development and citizenship.

Equity & Access for All

We will provide all students access to and support for what they need to achieve excellence.


We will use multiple, reliable measures to monitor and adjust instructional, managerial and operational decisions to hold stakeholders accountable for meeting the needs of all students.

Collaboration & Communication

We will respect and engage all stakeholders by working collaboratively and communicating in an open and transparent manner to continually ensure student success.

Quality Teaching & Learning

We will recruit, develop and retain the highest quality teaching professionals. We will engage all staff in continuous and collaborative professional development.

Innovation & Continuous Improvement

We will create and maintain a culture where learning and innovation are expected, supported and valued.


We will recognize, respect and embrace the diversity in our classrooms, schools and community.

Resource Stewardship

We will be effective and efficient stewards, accountable for all resources to support student learning.

Our Schools

We serve most of the city of Bellevue, WA and the smaller surrounding communities of Clyde Hill, Medina, Hunts Point, Yarrow Point and Beaux Arts. We also serve portions of Issaquah, Kirkland, Newcastle, Redmond and unincorporated King County.

Our schools include: 15 regular elementary schools, 1 Spanish Immersion elementary school, 1 Mandarin dual language elementary school, 5 regular middle schools, 4 regular high schools and 2 choice schools (grades 6-12).


Average Class Size

Elementary: 22.9
Middle School: 25.9
High School: 28.4
Choice: 23.4

Which school do I go to?

In Bellevue, students in kindergarten through fifth grade attend elementary school. Students in grades six through eight attend middle school. Students in grades 9-12 attend high school. Students are assigned to schools based on where they live.

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Our Students

We have an incredibly diverse district. More than 80 languages are spoken in the Bellevue School District, with over 36% of students speaking a first language other than English. About one in five students receives free or reduced-price meals.

District Enrollment

Based on October 2017 Enrollment Count

African American


Students with First Language other than English


Students Receiving ELL Services


Students Who Qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch

Our students come from all over the world.

The following map shows the birth country of each of our students.

Our Staff

We have a staff of about 2,000 employees, including about 1,100 teachers.  More than 380 Bellevue teachers are National Board-certified, more than any other district in the state.  More than 75% of our teachers hold a master’s degree.

The district is led by Superintendent Dr. Ivan Duran. Five community members make up the Bellevue School District’s Board of Directors, one from each of the five geographical districts.  The board members are elected to their posts by registered voters for terms of four years.

Now Hiring!

We are always looking for qualified applicants to fill a wide variety of roles in the district. Whether you are looking to be full-time, part-time or a substitute, we have an opportunity for you.