The Bellevue School District is continuing to monitor weather conditions for Friday, December 2. Families and staff will be notified on or before 6 am. Learn more about inclement weather and potential closure reminders.

This information applies to students who are children of eligible Employees of the Bellevue School District. 

The application period for Open Transfer and Choice Schools/Programs for the upcoming school year begins Monday of the first full week in December and ends Friday of the second full week in January; the actual dates will be posted on the BSD website.

Open Transfer: If you want to enroll a new student in the Bellevue School District for the upcoming school year, you will need to submit an Open Transfer application requesting enrollment at your preferred school; unless you are BSD residents and you’re planning to enroll at your attendance area school.

Choice Schools/Programs:  Entry level is kindergarten and 6th grade – you will use the Choice Schools/Program entry level application process to apply to each applicable school/program you are interested in. Your incoming kindergartener may apply to (all 3) Jing Mei, Puesta del Sol and the Spanish Dual Language program (at Lake Hills, Sherwood Forest or Stevenson); your incoming 6th grade student may apply to both International School and/or Big Picture School.

Current BSD students who wish to attend a different school need to submit an Open Transfer application for the desired attendance area school.

Current BSD nonresident students enrolled in an attendance area school who are changing school levels need to submit an Open Transfer application for the desired new attendance area school.

Current BSD students will NOT submit an Open Transfer and/or Choice School application if

  • they are moving up levels in a language program (i.e. Spanish Immersion, Dual Language Mandarin/Spanish).
  • you are BSD residents and your student is continuing in your feeder pattern.
  • your student is currently receiving Self-Contained Advanced Learning Services or services in Special Education center-based programs.  Appropriate school placement for students in centered programs is determined by the department providing the services.
  • your resident student has an approved transfer (Open Transfer, Request to Remain or Transfer Request) to attend their desired school and will remain at this school. These students will automatically roll up to the next grade if they have an approved transfer.
  • your nonresident student has an approved interdistrict transfer and is advancing a grade level at the same school. You will have to submit the Choice Transfer Request for the new school year.

How do I know if I’m an eligible Bellevue School District employee?

Eligible Bellevue School District employees are defined as:

  • classified employees who work 16 hours per week or more for a minimum of 180 days
  • certificated employees who work 0.4 FTE or greater

Nonresident students of eligible BSD employees are considered as resident students for Open Transfer and Choice School/Program applications. Please indicate if you are an eligible BSD employee when submitting your applications. Student Placement will verify employment status with Human Resources.

Eligible Employee Status: To qualify your student for employee status, you must be an eligible employee for your student to be accepted for enrollment and be employed by the District when your student’s enrollment begins. Once enrolled with eligible employee status your student may continue in the feeder pattern to that school, even in the event that you are no longer employed by the District. Employee status will be revoked if your student does not remain in good standing or withdraws or is withdrawn from the District.

Open Transfer

Eligible employees (resident and nonresident) with students new to BSD will need to go through the online Open Transfer process, unless you are BSD residents planning to enroll at your attendance area school. You must be an eligible District employee for your student to be accepted and when they begin attending. Once enrolled your student(s) may continue in the feeder pattern to the accepted school, even in the event you are no longer employed by the District.

Eligible Employees Who Work at a School must use the Open Transfer process

  • Your student is guaranteed to enroll at the school or in the feeder pattern where you are employed, this applies to both resident and nonresident eligible employees. You must be an eligible employee at the school for your student to be accepted and when they begin attending. Once enrolled your student(s) may continue in the feeder pattern to that school, even in the event you are no longer employed by the District.
  • If your student is not currently enrolled at a Bellevue School District school you need to submit an Open Transfer application for the school you want, even if you are requesting the school where you work (unless as a resident you want your student to enroll in your assigned attendance area school).

Employees who do not work at a school must use the Open Transfer process

  •  Your student is guaranteed a space at a school in the District. Student Placement will work with you to find a spot if the school you request is not available. Please submit one Open Transfer online application for the one school you are interested in.

Employees who want to request a different school for their current student must use the Open Transfer process

Eligible employees (resident and nonresident) who have a student currently enrolled in the District and want to request enrollment at a different BSD school will need to go through the online Open Transfer process (unless as a resident you want your student to enroll in your assigned attendance area school).

Choice Schools/Program

Employees who have incoming 6th grade or kindergarten students may apply to all applicable Choice Schools/Programs.

Incoming 6th grade and kindergarten students of all eligible employees (resident and nonresident) interested in Choice Schools/Programs will need to apply through the online Choice Schools/Program Application process. Even if you are employed at the school you are applying for. Your student(s) will be on an equal basis with resident applicants.

All siblings MUST apply, unless an application is received the sibling will not even be considered for enrollment for the upcoming school year.

Please submit a Choice Schools/Program online application for each applicable Choice Schools/Program you are interested in.

Open Transfer or Choice Schools/Program Approval

After your student has been admitted to a school or program, you are required to submit the appropriate enrollment paperwork and residency documents or nonresident paperwork.

Resident employees are required to establish residency for their student

  • Resident employees will be required to submit the following residency documents as requested
    • New students will be required to submit both:
      • 2 electricity bills (PSE) dated within the last 3 months
      • 1 piece of government mail
    • Current students who have established residency will be required to provide their most recent PSE bill if accepted to a Choice School or Program.

Nonresident employees are required to submit nonresident paperwork for their student each year

  • Nonresident employees will be required to submit nonresident paperwork as requested by Student Placement.

Thank you in advance for your quick turnaround submitting the nonresident paperwork when requested!

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.