Bellevue School District

Bellevue School District No. 405 (abbreviated as BSD) is a public school district in King County, WashingtonUSA that serves the communities of BellevueClyde HillMedinaHunts PointYarrow PointBeaux Arts Village, and portions of NewcastleKirkland and Redmond. As of October 1, 2010, the district has an enrollment of 17,783 students. There is a gifted program for students who have passed several qualifying tests. Students in the PRISM program go to Spiritridge Elementary School and afterwards Odle Middle School.[1] Recently a high school level extension of the program was initiated at Interlake High School.[2] The International School, Bellevue High School, and Newport High School were ranked the 14th, 24th, and 78th best high schools in the nation respectively by US News in 2009. Additionally, Interlake High school was awarded a Silver medal by US News in the same year.[3]


Students attend an elementary (primary) school from kindergarten to fifth grade. Students attend a middle school from sixth grade to eighth grade. Students attend a high school from ninth grade to twelveth grade. Each school, except alternative schools, has a defined geographic attendance area. Students are assigned to a school based on the attendance area in which they reside.[4] With three exceptions, these schools are located in the city of Bellevue. Clyde Hill Elementary and Chinook Middle School are located in the city of Clyde Hill. Medina Elementary School is located in the city of Medina.

High schools

Middle schools

Primary schools

  • Ardmore Elementary School [1]
  • Bennett Elementary School [2]
  • Cherry Crest Elementary School [3]
  • Clyde Hill Elementary School [4]
  • Eastgate Elementary School [5]
  • Enatai Elementary School [6]
  • Lake Hills Elementary School [7]
  • Medina Elementary School [8]
  • Newport Heights Elementary School [9]
  • Phantom Lake Elementary School [10]
  • Sherwood Forest Elementary School [11]
  • Somerset Elementary School [12]
  • Spiritridge Elementary School [13]
  • Stevenson Elementary School [14]
  • Woodridge Elementary School [15]

Alternative schools

Former schools

Over the years, the District closed several schools. In many cases, declining enrollment after the Baby Boomers graduated led to closure. The District leased some schools to private schools or non-profit organizations. Some properties were transferred to other local governments.[6]

  • Ashwood Elementary School is the Bellevue Regional Library and two sports fields.[7][8][9]
  • Hyak Junior High School is home to the International School.[10][11]
  • Ivanhoe Elementary School is a performing arts center and public park.[12]
  • Lake Heights Elementary School became a YMCA location. In 2008, it traded sites with Newport Heights Elementary.[13]
  • Ringdall Junior High School was Eastside Catholic School and is temporary home of Tyee Middle School.[14]
  • Robinswood Middle School and Robinswood High School were closed and replaced by The Big Picture School.
  • South Union High School is now Bellevue Downtown Park.
  • Surrey Downs School is now a King County District Court location and sports fields.[15][16]
  • Three Points Elementary School, located in Medina, is now an elementary school for Bellevue Christian Schools.[17]
  • Wilburton School is now District offices and a City park.[18][19]


The Bellevue School District is the most ethnically diverse school district on the Eastside. As of October 2010, there were 17,783 students enrolled in the district. The district is 3.0% Black/African American, 28.8% Asian, 9.7% Hispanic, 8.8% Multiracial and 49.3% White. 30.6% of students speak a first language other than English; there are over 84 languages spoken in the district. 9.5% of students are ESL (English as a Second Language) learners. 8.2% are enrolled in various levels of Special Education. 22.3% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Of students who speak a language other than English as their first language, the top 10 spoken are (in order): SpanishMandarinKoreanCantoneseRussianVietnamese & JapaneseTelugu,HindiFrench and Arabic.[20]

2008 Strike

On June 10, 2008, Bellevue teachers voted almost unanimously to go on strike if a new contract could not be reached by the end of the summer. On the evening of September 1, the day before classes would have started, the Bellevue Education Association (BEA) announced the beginning of the strike.[21] On September 14, BEA members agreed to the tentative agreement that school was to begin on September 15. The dispute between the BEA and BSD had three main issues: compensation; benefits; and use of the Curriculum Web, a strictly enforced curriculum for all teachers to follow.[22]


Presidential visit

President Barack Obama visited Medina Elementary School on February 17, 2012. He greeted about 450 students with hand shakes and high fives

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