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Choice School Entry Level Application for the 2023-2024 school year
The Choice School Application period for incoming kindergarten and 6th grade students will be from 9:00 am on Monday, December 5, 2022 to Friday January 20, 2023 at 4:30 pm. Offer notifications will be emailed in late February.
This application process is for entry level into a Bellevue School District Choice School or Program.
- Kindergarten entry for elementary level: Puesta del Sol, Jing Mei and Spanish DL program
- Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade for the Arabic Language program
- 6th grade entry for secondary level: Bellevue Big Picture and International School
- Kindergarten through 12 grade for Digital Discovery School
The following choice schools/programs will accept nonresident entry level applications. The applicants will be placed on a nonresident waitlist for consideration after all resident students have been placed:
- Arabic Language Program
- Puesta del Sol ES – Spanish Immersion Program
Choice School Entry Level Application offers & notifications will be emailed in February in the early evening on the dates noted below.
- February 7th – International School and Big Picture School (incoming 6th grade)
- February 22nd – Jing Mei, Puesta del Sol and Spanish Dual Language program (incoming kindergarten)
All applicants will receive an email with either an offer or notifying the waitlist position. Those receiving offers will have 1 week to respond.
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Choice School Entry Level Application
The Choice Schools and Programs entry level application period for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year will be from 9:00 am on Monday December 5, 2022 through 4:30 pm Friday January 20, 2023.
This is an online application, the link will be available here beginning December 5th. You must submit your application during this period to be included in the entry level lotteries.
- If your student will begin kindergarten in September they may apply to: Puesta del Sol, Jing Mei and Spanish DL program
- If your student will begin kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade in September they may apply to: Arabic program
- If your student will begin 6th grade in September they may apply to: Bellevue Big Picture and International School
All other grade levels may apply to be added to the bottom of a Choice School waitlist, please visit our Waitlist application for Choice Schools and Programs page for more information. For a listing of common questions and answers about the Choice School Program, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Learn More About Choice Schools and Programs
Arabic Heritage Language Program
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.
Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades may apply
Spanish Dual Language Program
Students of both Spanish and English language backgrounds benefit from participating in this program. Students learn to read, write, and speak proficiently in two languages, with near native skill by the time they complete fifth grade.
Lake Hills – Sherwood Forest – Stevenson – Highland MS – Sammamish HS
You will submit one (1) application for the Spanish Dual Language Program and for elementary school indicate the preferred school.
Mandarin Dual Language Program
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 Mandarin speakers and Non-Mandarin speakers.
Jing Mei ES – Tillicum MS – Newport HS
Spanish Immersion Program (ISA)
Students at Puesta del Sol are taught the standard Bellevue School District curriculum but receive instruction in Spanish. 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.
Puesta del Sol ES – Tillicum MS – Newport HS – Sammamish HS
Bellevue Digital Discovery School
Digital Discovery offers a permanent online K-12 learning option students living in the boundaries of the Bellevue School District and in other school districts may apply. Digital Discovery provides a high quality, innovative, creative, and flexible program. Students who graduate from Digital Discovery will be awarded a BSD diploma. All new students interested in joining Digital Discovery need to apply to this Choice School. Preferred entry is at the beginning of the school year or when the student moves into the District. However, there is consideration for students who wish to join the program in the middle of the school year due to their unique circumstances (health, etc.). To assist with the transition, the preference is that these students join a the start of a grading period (quarter or semester).
Big Picture School
Big Picture School fosters academic relationships, personalized experiences, and inclusion for all students. Students are independent, driven and self-motivated learners that are eager to explore potential career fields through internships while discovering their true passion.
Big Picture School will accept waitlist applications from nonresident students, priority is given to Bellevue School District resident students.
International School serves students in grades 6-12 who attend classes in a block schedule that encompasses seven subjects throughout their seven years at the school. Students complete an extensive capstone Senior Project, which involves deep learning in an area of student choice, internships, community service, and assessment by an expert panel. Student study French and Fine Arts (band, orchestra or chorus and visual arts) as their electives for all seven years.
Choice School Waitlist Application
If your student is not entry grade level, they may apply to the existing waitlist. New applicants will be placed on the bottom of the appropriate waitlist by their current grade level in the order received for possible entry in the fall for the upcoming school year. Students applying for language programs will be required to pass an appropriate grade level language proficiency screening if they are offered a spot at the school/program. Entry grade level students should apply during the Choice School Application process which runs from mid-December to mid-January. Students who miss the application period may apply to the waitlist after the fact.