How and why was the site for E18 selected?
The district actively sought property in downtown Bellevue to build a new elementary school to relieve crowding at Woodridge, Enatai and Clyde Hill elementary schools. Property available in the downtown Bellevue corridor was both too small to support a standard district neighborhood elementary school, and was cost prohibitive. The property designated for E18 has been owned by the district for a number of years and is in close proximity to Woodridge, Enatai and Clyde Hill. Additionally, this location can support the expected growth in the downtown area and the Bel-Red corridor (Spring District).
Who will be the principal?
Beth Hamilton, the current principal at Medina Elementary, will be the principal at the new school and will have a one-year period to design the school experience (2017-2018) and hire appropriate staff.
What will the new school be like?
The new school will be a state-of-the-art facility with naturally lit, cheerful spaces and a modern design similar to the district’s most-recently constructed schools. The site is designed to contain most school related traffic on the property and will have both a turf field and jungle gym. In addition, the Bellevue School District, in collaboration with Microsoft, are working to further integrate technology into the curriculum. E18, along with the other elementary schools, will benefit from this work. E18 will be a Microsoft “Showcase School”, like Sammamish High School and the International School. E18 will utilize the district’s standard elementary curriculum enhanced with STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) opportunities for all students.
When will the school be open to tour?
In August 2018, prior to the start of school, we will hold open houses for the community and families to come see the school, meet the teachers and understand the rhythm of the school day. As we approach the opening we will post dates and times on the school website.
Who created the recommended attendance area and middle and high school feeder area for E18?
The Elementary 18 Attendance and Middle and High School Feeder Area Advisory Committee was formed and worked together during the 2016-2017 school year. The team was charged with reviewing data and creating three ranked recommendations for Elementary 18’s attendance and middle and high school feeder areas.
How was the advisory committee formed?
Parents and teachers from Clyde Hill, Enatai, Woodridge, Chinook, Odle, Bellevue High and Sammamish High were invited to apply to represent their school community. One parent and one teacher from each school was selected, via a lottery process. A principal or assistant principal from each school also joined the committee as a school representative and to provide input on potential school impacts.
How did the community provide input on the recommendations?
The advisory committee hosted two open house events in April 2016 to share their recommendations and solicit feedback. Communities spent time reviewing the information, asked questions and submitted a survey to provide the committee with input.