What qualifications are needed to apply?

Any parent of a student in grade 1 through 11 that lives within the Bellevue School District service area can apply for their child to test. The Bellevue School District’s Advanced Learning Office does not invite students to apply for testing based on achievement data.

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.

Please note: 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?

Applications for winter 2021 advanced learning testing for students in grades 1 – 11 will be available online starting September 1, 2020. District families interested in applying for testing must apply before the October 30, 2020 deadline at 4:30 pm.

Parents of BSD Kindergarten students do not need to apply as all Kindergarten students are considered for advanced learning services. 


Are you new to the district?

Due to the restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, we will be unable to provide our usual summer testing event. Students new to BSD, who were being served by advanced programming in their previous school, should submit an application for Advanced Learning Services form. (See the next section for instructions.) All new to the district students interested in testing for Advanced Learning Services may apply for winter testing beginning September 1, 2020.  [Updated June 12, 2020]

Is your student currently receiving full-time highly capable services?

You may apply for placement in the self-contained advanced learning services model if your child was enrolled in a full-time, self-contained service model in another school district in grades 2 – 12. [Kindergarten and First Grade students are identified  through an internal process, so we do not accept outside testing for these two grades.  Please see our K-1 pages for more information]. A full-time service model is defined as receiving services in the four content areas of language arts, social studies, math and science. 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:

  • 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).
  • Tested at the appropriate level.
  • Have test scores in the range of those students identified to receive services in BSD.
  • Current grades.
  • 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.

We evaluate all students using the CogAT, STAR, IOWA and multiple data points. If your child was in a self-contained program but did not take the full CogAT or took a cognitive test other than the CogAT, we will be unable to accept an application for advanced learning services. Your child will have to test with us in our next testing cycle before he/she can be placed.

To determine if placement is appropriate, we will evaluate cognitive and achievement assessment results and other achievement data from your previous school district. Follow these steps if you would like your child to be evaluated for placement:

  1. Establish Residency: Please go to the Enroll Your Student webpage and follow the directions for remote enrollment. If you don’t have the required documents to establish residency – completing a Residency Agreement with the BSD Student Placement office is part of the remote enrollment process.  This must be done first.
  2. Submit an Application for Advanced Learning Services form to the Advanced Learning Office. Please include the test results from the assessments required for placement in the self-contained program at your previous district and all other required documents listed above. (PLEASE NOTE: This is not an application for testing. It is only for students who were previously enrolled in a full-time, self-contained program in another school district.)

Is your student currently receiving part-time highly capable services?

You may apply for domain-specific services if your child was enrolled in a part-time service model in another school district in grades 2 – 4. Domain-specific services will be provided in the general education classroom in the school where your child is enrolled. [Kindergarten and First Grade students are identified  through an internal process, so we do not accept outside testing for these two grades.  Please see our K-1 pages for more information]. 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 domain-specific 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:

  • Have the complete battery of the CogAT Form 7 or CogAT Form 8 OR 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).
  • Tested at the appropriate level.
  • Have test scores in the range of those students identified to receive services in BSD.
  • Current grades.
  • 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.

We evaluate all students using the CogAT, STAR, IOWA and multiple data points.

To determine if placement is appropriate, we will evaluate cognitive and achievement assessment results and other achievement data from your previous school district. Follow these steps if you would like your child to be evaluated for placement:

  1. Establish Residency: Please go to the Enroll Your Student webpage and follow the directions for remote enrollment. If you don’t have the required documents to establish residency – completing a Residency Agreement with the BSD Student Placement office is part of the remote enrollment process.  This must be done first.
  2. Submit an Application for Advanced Learning Services form to the Advanced Learning Office. Please include the test results from the assessments required for placement in the program at your previous district and all other required documents listed above. (PLEASE NOTE: This is not an application for testing. It is only for students who were previously enrolled in a part-time program in another school district.)