We are thrilled to announce that the Bellevue School District will offer a Hindi Bilingual Program starting in the 2024-2025 school year! The program will be offered at Ardmore Elementary School for students entering kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year.

Interested to learn more? Please join us for an information night!

Hindi Bilingual Program Information Night

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.*

Location: Ardmore Elementary School
16616 NE 32nd Street, Bellevue, WA 98008

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ALL incoming Kindergarten students are welcome to take part in this program. Both in-district and out-of-district students, with diverse language proficiencies, are welcome to attend. This information night is intended for incoming Kindergarten students and families. Information about opportunities for secondary students interested in the Hindi Bilingual Program will be shared soon.

Questions: Contact Heritagelanguageprograms@bsd405.org.

*Light snacks and refreshments, as well as childcare will be provided*



Hindi Family Listening Session Event, October 12, 2023

We’re excited to share the highlights of our Hindi Family Listening Session, which took place on October 12, 2023. This event marked a significant step in shaping the future of the Hindi Heritage Bilingual Program, a program that includes both elementary and secondary students.

Over chai tea and samosas, parents shared their dreams and hopes for their children, and the importance of preserving their home languages. In addition to these heartfelt discussions, we dove into the practical aspects of implementing the Hindi heritage language program and its numerous benefits.


speaker presenting to crowd

We had an incredible turnout, with more than 130 parents joining us in person, and over 50 participants joining us online. We were honored to have community leaders like Raj Jhanwar, Founder and President of Gurukul, Raj Manhas, Former Superintendent of North Thurston Public Schools, Mahalasksmi Narendram, Interlake High School PTA President, and Ema Shirk, Dual Language Program Supervisor of OSPI, stand by us in support of BSD’s heritage language program initiative. Parents displayed remarkable generosity and a strong willingness to provide any form of support.

As we move forward, our dedicated Hindi Heritage Language Development Team is committed to taking into account the insight shared by our families. Their input will be the cornerstone in designing a program model that truly resonates with the needs and aspirations of our students and their families.

A few quotes from parents:

Through a Hindi heritage language program, I hope for my child to/would experience…

मुझे आशा है कि हिंदी विरासत भाषा कार्यक्रम के माध्यम से मेरा बच्चा अनुभव करेगा/ करना चाहिए…
  • “Enjoy learning the language and culture as it’s part of school.”
  • “Will be able to connect with their roots, grandparents and learn about their heritage.”
  • “Proficient in mother tongue.”
  • “He would speak Hindi fluently and proudly.”
  • “Learn about their heritage, their culture, get a sense of community belonging right at school and not feel confused about their identity.”

For inquiries about this initiative, please contact HeritageLanguageProgram@bsd405.org


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.