District Bus Routes and High School, Choice School METRO Transit
We provide school bus transportation for grades K-8 if a student resides within the school attendance area but outside the walk boundary. All elementary schools have a one mile walk path boundary. All middle schools have a one mile radius boundary.
We use Metro Transit services for student transportation to and from all High Schools as well as International School and Big Picture School.
Scroll down to learn more about: summer bus routes, meeting your child at the bus stop, route changes, and transportation for high school, International School & Big Picture School students.
Summer Bus Routes
Meeting Your Child at the Bus Stop
The Bellevue School District does not require that a parent or guardian meet regular program students (including kindergartners) at the bus stop, with the exception of the first week of school, when all Kindergarten students must be met by an adult or an older sibling.
If a parent or guardian would like their child to be met throughout the school year, the parent or guardian should make special arrangements with the bus driver.
If you have made special arrangements with the bus driver to meet your child, it is the parent’s responsibility to train their children to notify the bus driver if their parent is not at the stop. Please make sure your child completely understands this. In the event the parent or guardian is unable to meet the child because of unforeseen circumstances it is important that your child let the driver know. If your child is not met they will be transported to the Transportation Department located at 12025 NE 5th ST, Bellevue where they will be supervised by a trained district employee.
Would you like to know when your student’s bus is going to be late? Bellevue School District Transportation is using the Edulog Parent Bus Tracking Program to notify parents and students if there are bus delays. For more information, or to sign-up and start receiving notifications, please visit the Edulog Parent Bus Tracking page.
If the District Changes Your Route
Routes change periodically throughout the school year. Current changes may not immediately appear online. You will receive notification from the district if there are any significant changes to your route. If the change is insignificant the driver will tell the student verbally.
If You Want to Change Your Route
When first starting to ride the bus, we allow parents to choose whichever route and stop are most convenient to get their child to and from school each day. However, once your route and stop are selected, parents are required to submit an Alternate Bus Stop Request Form if they wish to make any changes.
High School, International School & Big Picture School Transportation
Bellevue School District uses Metro Transit services for student transportation to and from all High Schools as well as International School and Big Picture School.
View the 249 and 800 Bus Routes: 887, 824, 886 and 888 (PDF). These routes have traditionally been provided by King County Metro but will be provided by BSD district transportation, via the yellow school buses, for the time being.
ORCA Cards for High School, International School & Big Picture School Students
Students living outside the school’s 1-mile eligibility boundary will be eligible to receive an ORCA Card. (No longer a Radial Mile. Changed to walking or driving mile.) Bellevue School District ORCA Cards will only work on King County METRO and local Sound Transit buses. Students must scan/tap their ORCA Card on the fare card reader each time they enter the bus.
BSD Student ORCA Cards are activated the first day of school and expire the last day of school each year. Students are issued a new ORCA Card each year at the school’s August Back-to-School Day or at BSD Transportation any day after the second week of August or at school starting the first day of school each year.