Step 1: Establish Residency
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.
After moving to the Bellevue School District, all families are required to establish residency prior to student enrollment. To verify residency, parents/guardians must provide two of the items listed below (each bullet counts as one item). All addresses on the documents must match the address of your Bellevue School District residence. You will need to present original documents. Copies will be made when you enroll.
- Government Mail (e.g. vehicle registration, Good to Go! bill, letter from Social Security, immigration, unemployment, health finder exchange, DMV, USPS Change of Address confirmation letter, or election ballot. Correspondence from the Bellevue School District does not qualify as Government Correspondence)
- Homeowner’s Insurance Policy Declaration
- Property Tax Bill (must have been received in the mail, not printed off a website)
- Redacted 1099 or W-2 with social security number and dollar amounts blacked out
- Unexpired Lease Agreement (must be signed by both parties with 2 months cancelled checks or proof of online banking payment of lease)
- 2 Utility Bills (2 consecutive utility bills from the same utility company dated within the last 3 months. Accepted utilities include water, sewer, gas, electricity, or garbage (the mailing and service address must be the residence address). Cable, internet and phone bills are not accepted.
- 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 at least two bullet items from the Residency Checklist? If yes, you may go directly to your school for enrollment. Go to the next step and download all of the required forms.
Do you only have one or fewer items? If you are unable to provide the required items you will need to visit the Bellevue School District office for a Residency Agreement before you can enroll your student.
If you are unable to provide two of the above items, you will need to visit the District’s Student Placement office before enrolling at your school. 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.
- Only one appointment is required for all students living at the same address.
- Renters must bring a signed lease agreement signed by both parties and proof of paid first month’s rent in the form of cancelled checks or online banking.
- New Homeowners must bring closing documents including the statutory warranty deed and settlement statement. Closing documents are not accepted to establish residency but may be used to create a Residency Agreement.
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.