Nonresident Frequently Asked Questions
If the anticipated needs of all resident students and nonresident students of eligible Bellevue School District employees can be met, nonresident students may be allowed to attend school in the District if there is space available. See Procedure 3141P Nonresident Students for more information.
Note: A nonresident is anyone living outside of the Bellevue School District boundaries.
Is the Bellevue School District accepting applications from new students who do not live in the BSD boundaries?
New student nonresident applications will be accepted from March 1 to June 15 for the upcoming school year. Because many of our schools are at or above capacity you should make plans to attend school in your home district. If your BSD Interdistrict Transfer application cannot be approved, you will be notified of the denial. Your student may then be placed on a nonresident waitlist for consideration based on school status and capacity. If space becomes available and we are able to place nonresident students at the requested school, we will contact you. Placement may not be offered until September.
If I am an employee of the Bellevue School District but I live outside the District (nonresident), can my student attend a BSD school?
Yes. If you are an eligible nonresident employee (.4 FTE or 16 hours/week) of the Bellevue School District and you want your children to attend a BSD school, you will need to submit either an Open Transfer application requesting the school you wish your student to attend. Please submit a Choice School/Program application if your student is incoming kindergarten or 6th grade if you wish your student to be included in the entry level lotteries. Refer to the email sent to your @bsd405.org email address for additional information.
I am an eligible BSD employee, what if my current BSD student is changing school levels to middle or high school?
You will need to submit an Open Transfer application requesting the new school. If placement is offered at your requested school and you accept, Student Placement will email the next steps and ask you to submit a BSD Interdistrict Transfer application as well as a Choice Transfer Request to your resident district requesting enrollment at the new school.
My student currently attends a BSD school and will continue enrollment at the same school next year. I’ve already submitted a Choice Transfer Request for this year, do I need to submit another one for next year?
Yes. You must submit a Choice Transfer Request to your resident district each year. You can click on this link to access the Washington State Choice Transfer Request Portal.
I live outside of the Bellevue School District (nonresident) and my student currently attends a Bellevue School District school. Can my student return to BSD next year?
Probably, if you are returning to the same school and discipline or truancy have not been a concern, you will receive an email in late January requesting that you renew your Choice Transfer Request. Please submit it by the requested deadline.
I am not an eligible BSD employee, what if my current BSD student is changing school levels to middle or high school?
Continued enrollment is not guaranteed. Student Placement will ask you to submit a BSD Interdistrict Transfer application as well as a Choice Transfer Request to your resident district requesting enrollment at the new school. If you application cannot be approved, your student may be placed on a waitlist for enrollment consideration based on school status and capacity. If space becomes available and we are able to place nonresident students at the requested school, we will contact you. Placement may not be offered until September.
When will nonresident applications for new students be accepted?
Applications from nonresident students will be accepted from March 1 to June 15 for the upcoming school year. If the school requested has space your application may be approved at this time. If your application is denied your student may then be added to the nonresident waitlist of your requested school. Applicants will be added to the waitlist in the order received. Do not submit your application before March 1st. All new student applications received prior to March 1st will be denied as ineligible; you will need to re-apply to have your application considered and if denied added to the nonresident waitlist.
If I turn in the application forms early will that give us a better chance of entry to BSD?
No. Early applications will not be accepted. Applications received before March 1st or outside the eligible application period (March 1st to June 15th) will be void and will not be eligible for nonresident waitlist placement.
How many schools can we apply for?
You may apply for one school per student. If you submit applications to multiple schools for the same student, all your applications may be denied. In the event that space becomes available at another school at the grade level requested, please let us know on the application that you are interested in other schools.
Can we apply multiple times to one school to improve our chances?
No. Any student with multiple requests will be removed from consideration and all requests will be denied.