Accepted Student Information Night

If you were not able to attend our event on February 6, here is the presentation: 5th Grade Accepted Student Night – 2024


5th Grade Information Night

Thank you to those who attended our event Thursday, January 4.  If you were not able to attend Here is the presentation.


Hello 5th grade Families,

Choice School Enrollment for next year’s 6th grade classes at International School runs from December 11, 2023 through January 19, 2024. For families interested in learning more about the International School program, we will be offering an Information Night on Thursday, January 4 beginning at 6:30 pm (see below for more information).

Who can apply for a Choice School/Program?  Choice Schools/Program are only open to residents of the Bellevue School District*—the student must be physically living within the boundaries of the District at the time of application.  Per Washington State Law and District Policy, the nonresident children of eligible Bellevue School District employees may apply as resident students. (The parent/guardian is working for the Bellevue School District (i.e. teacher, principal, in a support function) and receives a paycheck from the Bellevue School District not that the parent/guardian works in the Bellevue community.)

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.  The only world language offered is French.
  • 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 nearly 20 clubs 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 (
  • Here’s a video of what you can expect at International:  International Video
  • Here is an IS 2023 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 11 to January 19, 2024. A lottery will then be conducted for all sixth-grade applicants. Results of the sixth-grade lottery will be sent in February 2024. 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.



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