Apply to Choice Schools and Programs
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.
IMPORTANT: Please be sure to check the spam, junk and promotion folders of the email address you provided on the application for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 13, 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.
Choice School Entry Level Application
The Choice School Application period for incoming kindergarten and 6th grade students will be from Monday of the first full week of December to Friday of the second full week of January, the actual dates will be posted on the BSD website in late November. 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
6th grade entry for secondary level: Bellevue Big Picture and International School
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.
Learn More About Choice Schools and Programs
Spanish Dual Language
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.
Puesta del Sol
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.
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 and are excited to discover their true passion.
Graduates from International School take an average of seven Advanced Placement courses and students can earn college credit in math, computer science, and technology as well. 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.
Bellevue Digital Discovery School
Bellevue Digital Discovery school offers a permanent online K-12 learning option for BSD students in grades K-12 for the 2022-23 school year. This new online school will be high quality, innovative, creative and flexible. Students will need to apply to this Choice School to join the program. There will be consideration for students who have a documented need for online learning. (health, etc.)