Hello 5th grade Families,

Choice School Enrollment for next year’s 6th grade classes at International School runs from December 6, 2021 through January 14, 2022. In case you missed it, please check out the recording of our Virtual 5th Grade Information Night that took place on Thursday December 16, 2021.

Link to Virtual 5th Grade Information Night Recording: https://vimeo.com/662363855

PASSWORD to recording: International


As a Choice School in the district, International School offers the following:

  • International School is a family of 6th – 12th grade students, staff, and parents/guardians.
  • International School has a strong focus on academics with our seven-year core program and an extensive Senior Project, a capstone project that involves deep learning in an area of student’s choice, internships, service, and assessment by an expert panel.
  • In September, 6th grade students participate in a whole day 6th Grade Retreat to get to know one another and build relationships right away. In May, all students participate in Focus Week – a week of learning topics that are career oriented and to your interest.
  • Every student belongs to a small Community with grade-level peers that meets weekly to build relationships and engage with social activities with each other, in addition to learning about the school.
  • Every 6th grade student has a high school big buddy that mentors them and provide guidance throughout the year. 6th grade students and their high school buddies have lunches together to play games, hang out, and talk.
  • Our ASB and student organizations/clubs are very active. We currently have over 15 clubs (with more to come!) for middle school students to join. Our ASB hosts schoolwide assemblies and socials throughout the year. You may learn more about our clubs here: Student Organizations – International School (bsd405.org)
  • Here’s a video of what you can expect at International:  International Video
  • Here is an Infographic that provides a summary of the school and the unique program.


Remember, you must apply if you want a chance to attend.  Applications are open from December 6 to January 14. A lottery will then be conducted for all sixth-grade applicants. Results of the sixth-grade lottery will be sent in February 2022. Siblings of current International School students will still need to apply by the lottery deadline in order to be considered for next year.

To apply and learn more about the choice school application process, click here.

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.