Entry level Choice School Applications for the 2021-22 school year will be accepted from 9:00 am on Monday, December 7, 2020 to Friday January 15, 2021 at 4:30 pm. This application process is for incoming kindergarten or 6th grade entry to the appropriate choice school or program. Notifications for International and Big Picture will be emailed late February 2021. Notifications will be emailed for Jing Mei, Puesta del Sol and Spanish Dual Language in mid March 2021.
If you would like to add your student to an existing Choice School waitlist for other grade levels, please visit our Apply to Choice Schools and Programs page for more information. For a listing of common questions and answers about the Choice School Programs, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Bellevue Big Picture School
Big Picture School is a close-knit community that fosters academic relationships, personalized experiences and inclusion for all students. Big Picture students are independent, driven and self-motivated learners. They are eager to explore potential career fields through internships, and are excited to discover their true passion. The school is uniquely structured to educate, support, and guide students from middle school through high school graduation, building bridges from the earlier grades that ultimately lead to college success.
Big Picture students focus on and excel at project based learning (PBL), where they inquire about a complex question, problem or challenge. During this process, students learn essential academic content, practice collaboration, communication and critical thinking, and create authentic products and presentations.
Students may earn seven credits each year including advanced placement (AP) credit in high school history, science, math, and art. College and career exploration begin in middle school through the advisory program and extends into high school through the academic and internship program. The school achieved 100% graduation for its first senior class of 2015 and strong college acceptances.
International school is a choice lottery school in the Bellevue School District that serves students in grades 6-12. Students attend classes in a block schedule, which encompasses seven subjects throughout their seven years in attendance, which ensures a deep and sustained focus on core learning.
Graduates from the International take an average of seven Advanced Placement courses and students can earn college credit in math, computer science, and technology as well. Students complete an extensive capstone Senior Project, which involves deep learning in an area of student choice, internships, community service, and assessment by an expert panel.
The International School was able to go 1:1 with students and laptops in 2014 and the integration of technology for learning has been strong and positive. Each spring students participate in a week-long Focus Week, which acts as an in-depth career exploration elective. Technology and career education are embedded in the overall program, with a focus on learning in application, to mirror what students will have to do in a college and workplace setting.
Jing Mei Elementary School
Jing Mei teaches Mandarin Chinese and English using dual language two-way immersion model. Two-way immersion means student enrollment in the classes is balanced between native Chinese speakers and students who speak other languages such as English, Spanish or Hindi.
Our goal at Jing Mei is for students to:
- Develop high levels of proficiency and literacy in both English & Mandarin
- Demonstrate high levels of academic achievement
- Develop an appreciation and understanding for diverse cultures
景美是以双语双向合拼模式来教学。双向合拼 “Two-way immersion” 的意思是我们的学生是由一半家庭有中文环境的学生和一半讲其他语言如英文，西班牙文和印度文的学生组成 。在我们的双语学校，老师全天分别用英文和中文来教授校区和华盛顿州的标准基础课程。景美的办学目标是让学生们：
Puesta del Sol Elementary School
Students in the Spanish Immersion Program are taught the standard Bellevue School District curriculum, but receive instruction in Spanish. They learn to understand, speak, read and write Spanish in addition to English. Classroom teachers have native or near-native ability in the Spanish language and are chosen for their skills and their commitment to the goals of the program. By 5th grade, students from Puesta del Sol test at average or above grade level in core academic areas.