What is Residency?
State law requires that a student reside within the district boundaries to be eligible for enrollment, or have been approved for an interdistrict transfer. Residency is the physical location where the student resides. For families with shared custody (i.e. divorced, separated) this is generally defined as the location where a student spends a minimum of four nights a week. A student must live within the Bellevue School District attendance boundaries and establish residency to be eligible for enrollment.
Parents sign a Residency Verification Form as part of the registration process, which includes these statements:
- Home visitation and/or other residency verification are used periodically to confirm current residency.
- The District will investigate all cases where it has reason to believe that residency status has changed and/or false information has been provided, which may include the use of private investigators to verify residency status. Verification may include home visits.
- Investigations that reveal students have enrolled on the basis of providing false information will be cause for revocation of the student’s school assignment and withdrawal from the District.
Misrepresentation of residency information or failure to follow through with the statements in the Residency Verification Form will result in withdrawal from the district and may result in referral to the District’s legal counsel for further action.
There is no provision for families who live in the region to claim residency in the Bellevue School District because they have made arrangements for their child to live with another family member or friend who lives in the District.
Due to unprecedented growth and over-crowding at most of our schools, we cannot allow students to selectively reside with family members or friends for the purpose of attending school.
When moving to the Bellevue School District, all families are required to establish residency prior to student enrollment. To verify residency, parents/guardians must provide the items listed below. You will need to provide the full documents (scanned, PDF or photo of full document), please save the documents with your student’s full name. Save these documents to your computer using this naming format – LAST NAME (all capital), first names of all students you are enrolling: for example: SMITH-KELLY, John, Joe, Sue.
The mailing and service addresses on the documents must be in the parent’s name and match the address of your Bellevue School District residence. All documents to establish residency must be current.
- 2 electricity bills (PSE) dated within the last 3 months (the service and mailing address must be the same)
- 1 piece of Government Mail (e.g. vehicle registration, letter from Social Security, immigration, unemployment, health finder exchange, DMV, USPS Change of Address confirmation letter, or election ballot. Mail from the Bellevue School District does not qualify as “Government Mail”)
If you are part of the Washington State Address Confidentiality Program, an official letter from the Address Confidentiality Program stating the attendance area school fulfills the requirement to establish residency in the Bellevue School District. You must submit a renewed letter to the school each year.
Do you have the 2 items from the Residency Checklist? If yes, you may continue with the enrollment process. Go to Enroll Your Student.
Do you only have one or fewer items? Please visit the Enroll Your Student webpage to complete the enrollment process. Please upload the following residency documents with your enrollment packet.
- Renters – the complete lease agreement signed by both parties.
- New Homeowners – settlement statement from the closing documents.
Student Placement will contact you to complete a residency agreement. Once you have signed the residency agreement, your student’s enrollment documents can be processed.
If you are unable to provide the two required items, you will need to complete a residency agreement before you can enroll your student. The Student Placement office will work with you to create a Residency Agreement that will give you extra time (typically about two months) to collect the needed documents.
Please follow the instructions on the Enroll Your Student webpage and upload the following residency documents with your enrollment packet. These documents are not accepted to establish residency but may be used to create a Residency Agreement.
- Renters must upload a lease agreement signed by both parties (all pages up to and including the signature page)
- New Homeowners must upload the settlement statement (proof that the sale has closed).
Please note, if documents listed in the Residency Agreement are not received within the agreed upon time, the school and/or the Student Placement office will reach out to you. Failure to provide the documents may result in your student’s withdrawal from school.