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Option 1

This option is for students who are enrolled in self-contained services but wish to return to their neighborhood or choice school and receive differentiated services in the general education classroom.


Differentiated Services – Elementary

Students in grades 2-5 will enroll in the same grade at which they are currently enrolled. For example, a student in 2nd grade Self-Contained Services will be enrolled in a 2nd grade general education classroom and will receive enhanced or extended learning opportunities in their regular classroom (differentiated services).

In the fall, parents and teachers will receive a Highly Capable Classroom-Based Student Plan. Each child’s plan will explain his/her strengths as well as provide instructional ideas that the teacher may choose to utilize as needed in addition to the variety of differentiation practices already in place.

Differentiated Services – Middle School

Students in grades 6 – 8 follow an accelerated sequence of courses:

Grade English Social Studies Mathematics Science
6 Honors 6th Grade Language Arts* Honors 6th Grade Social Studies* IMT2 or beyond (dependent on previous level taken) 7th Grade Science
7 Honors 7th Grade Language Arts* Honors 7th Grade Social Studies* Algebra 1 or beyond (dependent on previous level taken) 8th Grade Science
8 Honors 8th Grade Language Arts* Honors 8th Grade Social Studies* Geometry or beyond (dependent on previous level taken) Biology

*SCS-M Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum differs from the general education curriculum, such that students will experience new learning in the course designated for their grade level.

It is not required that a student enroll in all of the recommended courses. For example, a 6th grader may choose to take 6th grade math, but choose to enroll in 7th grade science. Parents and/or students must notify the school counselor of their course selections at the time of registration.

In the fall, parents and teachers will receive a Highly Capable Classroom-Based Student Plan. Each child’s plan will explain his/her strengths as well as provide instructional ideas that the teacher may choose to utilize as needed in addition to the variety of differentiation practices already in place.

Differentiated Services – High School

Students exiting 8th grade Self-Contained Services from Odle or Tyee and not planning to attend Interlake High School should enroll in the following course sequence:

Grade English Social Studies Mathematics Science
9 Honors Sophomore Composition and Literature AP World History Algebra 2 or beyond (dependent on previous level taken)* Chemistry
10 AP Language and Composition AP U.S. History Pre-Calculus or beyond (dependent on previous level taken)* See course catalog
11 AP Literature and Composition AP American Government /Comparative Government AP Calculus or beyond (dependent on previous level taken)*
12 College level English: Senior English or Running Start AP Micro/Macro Economics, AP Art History, AP Psychology or any other Social Studies electives Advanced Calculus or beyond (dependent on previous level taken)

*Students enrolled in the SCS-M as 8th graders are at least one year advanced from typical general education peers.

It is not required that a student enroll in all of the recommended courses. For example, a 9th grade student may take 9th grade courses for specific subjects and 10th grade courses for the ones that address their areas of strength. Parents and/or students must notify the school counselor of their course selections at the time of registration.

In the fall, parents and teachers will receive a Highly Capable Classroom-Based Student Plan. Each child’s plan will explain his/her strengths as well as provide instructional ideas that the teacher may choose to utilize as needed in addition to the variety of differentiation practices already in place.

Students considering returning to self-contained services to participate in the accelerated IB program should maintain their level of acceleration in math and science.

Students may request adding high school credited courses taken during middle school to the high school transcript if desired. The grade students received in middle school will be reflected on the transcript. Below is a list of SCS middle school courses and the high school requirements met by each:

1.0 credit AL Composition and Literature Meets 9th Grade English Requirement
.5 credit AL Foundations of World History Meets 9th Grade Social Studies Requirement
1.0 credit AL Biology Biology
1.0 credit each AL Algebra 1 and beyond Algebra 1 and beyond

Change of Service Form

If you wish to change your child’s services as described in Option 1, please fill out a Change of Service Form and submit it to the Advanced Learning Office.


Option 2

This option is for students who left self-contained services to receive differentiated services but wish to return.

Students may return to self-contained services at any time as long as they left this service model to receive differentiated services in the general education classroom in their neighborhood or choice school (Option 1). For secondary students, it is recommended that a return is made only at the quarter or semester. This option does not apply to students who have never been enrolled in the self-contained services option.

Change of Service Form

If you wish to change your child’s services as described in Option 2, please fill out a Change of Service Form and submit it to the Advanced Learning Office.


Option 3

This option is for students who are enrolled in the self-contained services model but wish to return to their neighborhood or choice school or leave the district to attend private school and no longer receive advanced learning services.

Students will enroll in the same grade at which they are currently enrolled. For example, a student in 6th grade will go back to a 6th grade general education classroom. It is possible to return to the full-time program after completely withdrawing as long as it is done within one year. See Return Policy below for more information.

Withdrawal Form

If you wish to completely withdraw your child from the full time program, please fill out a Withdrawal Form and submit it to the Advanced Learning Office.


Moving Out of District

If a student moves out of BSD during the school year, approval to remain enrolled in the current school and/or in the self-contained services model must be provided by Student Placement. If Student Placement approves continued enrollment in the self-contained services model (based on the current BSD enrollment), approval only applies for the remainder of that current school year. If a student is approved to remain in BSD on an inter-district transfer for subsequent years, the student is only eligible to receive differentiated services in the general education classroom at the current school setting for which that transfer applies.


Return Policy

If a student completely withdraws (Option 3) from self-contained services or differentiated services and returns to the program within one school year, that student does not need to retest. For example, a student leaves SCS-E at the end of 5th grade. The student may return to SCS-M as long as it is on or before the first day of 7th grade.

If a student withdraws from self-contained or differentiated services and does not return within the one year timeframe as noted above, then the following information would be required upon return:

  • 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 students in the self-contained or differentiated service models.

Based upon the information provided, the returning advanced learning student will be reevaluated. If the evidence is inconclusive, students may be asked to re-test.

Students who remain in the Bellevue School District school system will retest in January/February. Students who moved out of the Bellevue School District service area will test as new students to the Bellevue School District in July of the year the student returns. All students identified in July would begin services in the fall.

A student that leaves the self-contained service model for differentiated services (Option 1), or a student that chooses differentiated services as their initial placement, may go back into the self-contained service model at any time.

Request for Re-Enrollment Form

If you wish to return your child to advanced learning services, please fill a Request for Re-Enrollment Form and submit it to the Advanced Learning Office.


Exit Process

The exit process may be initiated for students who no longer demonstrate a need for advanced learning services. A request may be made by a teacher or program administrator for highly capable student placement discontinuation. A Multi-Disciplinary Committee will convene a meeting to review the student’s profile to determine if student needs are best met with advanced learning services based on assessment data and classroom performance. The multi-disciplinary selection committee may request additional evidence of student capabilities and/or willingness to participate in the service option provided. If the committee determines that advanced learning services are no longer appropriate to fit the student’s needs, it may be recommended that the student be exited from services. The parent will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision and of the appeal’s process.

A parent/legal guardian may request that the student be withdrawn from services or a student may voluntarily withdraw from services. If the parent/legal guardian desires to withdraw the student, the student will be exited from services. See Option 3 above for more information.