Who is it for?

For all students entering grades 1-5 next fall, including students from other districts

Dates & Times

July 9 – July 26, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Monday – Thursday

Registration Deadline

Friday, June 8, 2018

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Phantom Lake Elementary

For more than 30 years, Operation Exploration (OE) has provided students with a summer-time opportunity to expand their learning. This hands-on integrated 12 day program emphasizes accelerated academics, creativity, and higher-level thinking skills.

Students will engage in many hands-on activities as they investigate the mysteries and possibilities of outer space through the integration of math, science, social studies, literacy and the arts.

This year students entering first grade will be invited to participate in the OE program, and those students rising to grade 6 are encouraged to apply for the Operation Ideation program.


Tuition must be paid in full at the time of registration. This covers all materials, transportation, and an OE T-shirt. Tuition is a sliding scale based on free or reduced meal eligibility.

Free/Reduced Status OE Tuition Cost
Full $380
Reduced $150
Free $75


A need-based scholarship is available for students entering grades 1-5 and currently enrolled in the Spanish Dual Language program at Lake Hills, Sherwood Forest, or Stevenson Elementary schools.

Download Scholarship Form


Phantom Lake Elementary School

1050 160th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98008


Operation Exploration will host a daily onsite lunch program. The cost per meal will be what the student paid during the school year.


Bus service is a limited shuttle service only. Stops will be located at schools throughout the district along with other areas with high student counts.

Please indicate your transportation preference when you complete your registration form. Transportation resources are allocated based on these preferences. Parents are responsible for safely transporting their student to their chosen stop.

Once your registration is confirmed you will not be able to change your requested transportation stop.  Please select your stop with care.

Conduct Policy

In order to assure that the summer program is safe and fun for everyone involved, students are held to the same standards of conduct as Bellevue students are during the school year.  Students violating appropriate behavior code will be referred to the summer administrator for discipline, which may range from an administrative conference up to and including expulsion from the summer program. Because we want every child to have a positive experience, we strive to work out any potential concerns with the child and the parent before withdrawing any child from the program.  However, we reserve the right to remove a child from camp if their behavior is severely disruptive or creates a safety hazard.  If this occurs, refunds for programs with tuition will not be provided.  Campers and staff are expected to meet these expectations:

  1. Show respect for yourself, your peers, and your surroundings.
  2. Be to class on time, and ready to learn.
  3. Behave in a safe manner, keeping hands and feet to self.
  4. Remain on campus while in session.
  5. Follow the directions from the summer school staff.

Registration Process

In-District Students

Register online and pay tuition at touchbase.bsd405.org. Not sure how to use Touchbase? View step by step instructions.


  1. Download a registration form
  2. Return completed registration materials with payment to:
    Summer School Office
    P.O. Box 90010
    Bellevue, WA 98009
  3. If paying with a check, please make payable to “BSD405”

Out of District Students

  1. Download an Out of District registration form, which includes paperwork for enrollment and healthcare concerns.
  2. Return completed registration materials with payment to:
    Summer School Office
    P.O. Box 90010
    Bellevue, WA 98009
  3. If paying with a check, please make payable to “BSD405”
  4. If paying online with Touchbase, you may create a guest login.  For User Name, please use your student’s last name.

Registration Deadline:
Friday, June 8, 2018
or until full

Final Day for Refund: Monday, June 11, 2018
Cancellations are subject to a $50 cancellation fee.