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.

Ardmore Elementary

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades may apply

Dual Language Students laughing

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.

Students Using Laptops

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

Kindergarten Teacher

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

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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).

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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 Physics Class

International School

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.

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.