Enrollment for Operation Ideation begins Wednesday, March 25, 2020.


Who is it for?

For BSD students entering grades 6 through 8 in Fall 2020.


Sammamish High School
100 140th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98005

Dates & Times

July 6 – July 23, 2020
8:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Monday – Thursday

Enrollment Timeline

March 25: Enrollment begins.

May 27: Enrollment closes.

June 26: Last day to request a refund.

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Sammamish High School

Students will learn and practice the process of Design Thinking then apply their learning to solve authentic, relevant problems. Design Thinking is a problem-based learning framework that guides and encourages creative and unconventional thinking for solving the problems of today and tomorrow.

Our program will provide students the opportunity to further develop:

  • Academic and life skills
  • Authentic problem solving
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • A framework for problem solving

Providing students with a place and opportunity to use their skills to solve authentic problems will enhance personal confidence and self-esteem. Design Thinking will provide students with life-long skills, which can be applied in academics and are relevant in life. Design Thinking is organic and authentic, with ideas generated by the students.

Learning to Solve Human-Centered Problems Using the Design Thinking Framework
Students will learn the steps of Design Thinking, a problem-based learning frame-work that guides and encourages creative and unconventional thinking for solving the problems of today and tomorrow. Design Thinking has a long history, beginning pre-1960. In 1987, Peter Rowe of Harvard Graduate School of Design published his book titled Design Thinking. Four years later, IDEO Corporation showcased the Design Thinking process as a way to navigate authentic problems. Finally, in 2005, Stanford University capitalized on these principles, by creating the d.School, and began teaching engineering students Design Thinking, as a formal method.


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

2020 Tuition Operation IDEATION
Full Price $456
Tuition for students qualifying for Reduced Lunch Prices $180
Tuition for students qualifying for Free Lunch $90


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.


Breakfast and lunch will be offered free for all students at Sammamish this summer.

Breakfast available: 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Lunch served: 10:50 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Conduct Policy

In order to assure that the summer program is safe and fun for everyone involved, we do have a strict conduct policy.  Summer school 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 principal for discipline, which may range from an administrative conference up to and including expulsion. Because we want every student to have a positive experience, we strive to work out any potential concerns with the student and the parent before withdrawing any student from the program. However, we reserve the right to remove a student 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.  Students 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.
  4. Remain on campus while in session.
  5. Follow the directions from the summer school staff.