What qualifications are needed to apply?

All BSD Kindergarten, 1st and 5th grade students are automatically screened.  There is no need to apply for testing for these gradesLearn more about the screening process here.

Any parent of a BSD student in grades 2 – 4 and 6 – 11 can apply for their child to test.  Any parent of a private/home-school student in grades 1 – 11 who lives within the Bellevue School District service area can apply for their child to test.

Parents wishing to refer their own child for testing should complete an application online. Additionally, any staff member, student, or community member may refer a child who lives within the Bellevue School District service area for advanced learning services by submitting the child’s name, grade, school and student number (if known) to the Advanced Learning Office via email at advancedlearning@bsd405.org or by calling (425) 456-4136. For students referred by a party other than their parent, parents will be notified and invited to complete an application for testing.

If your child is attending BSD on an inter-district transfer and is identified as in need of advanced learning, services are only provided through differentiation in the general education classroom at the current school setting for which that transfer applies.


When are applications accepted?

 Summer Testing Applications are now being accepted

The deadline to apply is July 1, 2022 by 4:30 pm


Are you new to the district?

You must complete your move and be eligible to register your child in your neighborhood school before you can apply for advanced learning services. Students in grades 1­­—11 moving to the Bellevue School District service area after the close of the application window (end of October of each school year), may apply for summer testing.

  • First grade students moving into the district after the district-wide screening is complete (approximately the end of January of each school year) may also apply for summer testing.  All 1st grade students who entered the Bellevue School District prior to this date will be included in this year’s screening processFor the 2021-22 school year, only 1st grade students that moved to the district after February 12, 2022 may apply for summer testing.
  • Kindergarten students moving into the district following the district-wide screening, are assessed and served for needs in the classroom and will take part in the first grade screening the following year.

When is summer testing for new-to-the-district students?

Summer testing is for new to the district students who will have just completed grades 1—11. Students in grade 1 will test on both days in the mornings (approx. 8:00—11:30 am) and students in grades 2—11 will test all day (approx. 8:00 am—2:00 pm). Identified students will receive services beginning fall 2022. Applications will be available online beginning in May.  The deadline to apply is July 1, 2022 by 4:30 pm.

Please refer to the following table for testing dates:

GRADES DATE CogAT STAR IOWA
1 July 26, 2022 AM
1 July 27, 2022 AM
2 – 4 July 26, 2022 AM PM
5 – 8 July 27, 2022 AM PM
9 – 11 July 27, 2022 AM PM

If you are moving to the district and your child is currently in a highly capable/advanced program, please see below…


Is your student currently receiving highly capable services?

You may apply for placement in the SELF-CONTAINED ADVANCED LEARNING SERVICE MODEL if your child was enrolled in a self-contained, full-time (receiving services in the four content areas of language arts, social studies, math and science) service model in another school district in grades 2 – 12 with requirements aligned with BSD expectations for scores and test levels.

You may apply for DOMAIN-SPECIFIC ADVANCED LEARNING SERVICES if your child was enrolled in a part-time, domain-specific service model in another school district and is entering grades K – 6. Domain-specific services will be provided in the general education classroom in the school where your child is enrolled. Domain-specific services will continue to roll-up to higher grades each year. During the 2022-23 school year, grade 7 will be added. During the 2023-24 school year, grade 8 will be added.

Your child must have been receiving these services or have just been identified for these services immediately preceding your move to the Bellevue School District. You must complete your move and be eligible to register your child in your neighborhood school before you can apply for advanced learning services. Per District policy, all students must be residing within the boundaries of the Bellevue School District at the time of enrollment. You must also meet the following requirements:

FULL-TIME, SELF-CONTAINED
Grades 2 – 12

  • Have the complete battery of the CogAT Form 7 or CogAT Form 8 (not CogAT 7 Screener or CogAT 8 Screener) taken during the 1st grade year or beyond (Level 8 or above)
  • Have the Star or Iowa (or equivalent, i.e., Stanford)
  • Have achievement data (report card, reading and math assessments not more than one year old)
  • Have test scores in the range of those students identified to receive services in BSD
  • Current grades
  • Tested at the appropriate level
  • Proof of enrollment in above grade level courses
  • Evidence of success with continued strong performance at an accelerated level, commensurate with the level of our self-contained service model

PART-TIME, DOMAIN-SPECIFIC
Grades K – 6

  • Have the complete battery of the CogAT Form 7 or CogAT Form 8 OR CogAT 7 Screener or CogAT 8 Screener taken during Kindergarten or beyond
  • Have the Star or Iowa (or equivalent, i.e., Stanford)
  • Have achievement data (report card, reading and math assessments not more than one year old)
  • Have test scores in the range of those students identified to receive services in BSD
  • Current grades

To determine if placement is appropriate, we evaluate all students using the CogAT, Star, Iowa and multiple data points, including other achievement assessments (i.e., MAP, Stanford, etc.) from your previous school district. Follow these steps if you would like your child to be evaluated for placement:

  1. Before we can evaluate your child, your child must be physically living in the boundaries of the Bellevue School District.  Once living here, you must enroll your child.  Please go here to enroll your child in your attendance area school (the school associated to your address).  You can look up your address here.  In the comments, type “Applying for Advanced Learning Services.”  This must be done first.
  2. Submit an Application for Advanced Learning Services form to the Advanced Learning Office.  IMPORTANT: Before filling out this form, download and save it to your computer (the fillable features are not compatible in some browsers).  Please include the in-range tests results from the assessments required for placement in the highly capable program at your previous district and all other required documents listed above.

The Application for Advanced Learning Services form (above) is NOT an application for testing. It is only for students who were previously enrolled in a highly capable program in another school district.


The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.