About Us

Our Mission

To provide all students with an exemplary college preparatory education so they can succeed in college, career and life.

Our Goals

  • All students will reach or exceed academic proficiency
  • Eliminate the achievement gap
  • All students, including those who already meet or exceed academic proficiency, will show measurable progress

Our Guiding Principles

Our Guiding Principles were developed by the Bellevue School Board and reflect our values. View PDF

Student Enrollment

The Bellevue School District serves about 19,000 students in 28 schools.  Our students live in Bellevue and the smaller surrounding communities of Clyde Hill, Medina, Hunts Point, Yarrow Point and Beaux Arts, plus portions of Issaquah, Kirkland, Newcastle, Redmond and unincorporated King County. 

The Bellevue School District includes 15 regular elementary schools, 1 Spanish Immersion elementary school, 1 Mandarin dual language elementary school, 5 regular middle schools, 4 regular high schools and 2 alternative middle/high schools.  We have a staff of about 2,000 employees, including about 1,100 teachers.  More than 380 Bellevue teachers are National Board-certified, more than any other district in the state.  More than 75% of our teachers hold a master's degree.

Average Class Size

Updated November 2014
The elementary average class size is an average of all classes K-5 at all elementary schools.  The class size at any particular school or grade may be larger or smaller than this district-wide average based on the actual numbers of neighborhood students at that grade level. 

At middle and high school the average class size includes all classes and programs offered at each school at that level as compared to the number of classes being taken by students at that level.  Individual classes at any particular school may be larger or smaller than the district-wide average based on the actual numbers of students in that school.

Elementary (K-5): 22.9
Middle (6-8): 24.9
High (9-12): 26.1
Choice: 23.3

Diversity

As of 2014, minorities make up about 58% of total district enrollment.  More than 80 languages are spoken in the Bellevue School District, with 33% of students speaking a first language other than English. About one in five students receive free or reduced-price meals.   

Equity

The Bellevue School District's definition of equity was developed collaboratively by a diverse committee of parents, staff and community:

An equitable and excellent school district is one in which all students achieve high levels of academic success, regardless of any student’s race, ethnicity, culture, country of origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, neighborhood, income of parents, or mother tongue. In an equitable and excellent school district, there are no persistent patterns of differences in the academic achievement or treatment of students grouped by race, ethnicity, culture, country of origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, neighborhood, income of parents, or mother tongue. Equity and excellence occur when each and every student is served effectively to achieve at high levels.

Leadership

The Bellevue School District is led by Superintendent Dr. Tim Mills. Five community members make up the Bellevue School District’s Board of Directors, one from each of the five geographical districts.  The board members are elected to their posts by registered voters for terms of four years. 

The School Board has fundamental governance responsibilities that fall into four major areas:  vision, accountability, structure, and advocacy.  Although it provides overall governance of the district, the Board employs and empowers a professional staff of administrators led by a strong superintendent of schools to carry out the District’s daily functions and to pursue its short and long range goals. 

Location

Just 10 miles east of Seattle, Washington, the City of Bellevue is situated between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish. The Bellevue School District serves students in Bellevue and the smaller surrounding communities of Clyde Hill, Medina, Hunts Point, Yarrow Point and Beaux Arts, plus portions of Issaquah, Kirkland, Newcastle, Redmond and unincorporated King County.  

Map of Bellevue School District

Boundary Maps
(Attendance area maps for all schools)

District Offices & Telephone Directory

What Sets Us Apart

  • Connected curriculum across grades, which is anchored to Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses at high school level
  • College prep track as default curriculum
  • High-quality career-technical offerings leading to industry certification
  • Well-prepared teaching staff
  • Support curriculum for students who struggle
  • Emphasis on safe, caring school environments
  • Recognition and validation of our efforts in the form of internationally-known curriculum advisors and assessments, national and regional awards, high ranking on Newsweek's Advanced Placement Challenge Index.
  • Community Support

    Community support in Bellevue is extremely strong and has shown support by passing levy and bond measures, making generous contributions to the Bellevue Schools Foundation, and an impressive number of volunteers in classrooms.

    We use local levy money to hire more staff for our schools than are allocated by the state.  This means we have more teachers, instructional assistants, counselors, psychologists, nurses, and communication disorders specialists than many other school districts.

    Contact Us

    Address:
    12111 NE 1st Street
    Bellevue, WA 98005

    District Office:
    (425) 456-4000

    Office Hours:
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm