Open Enrollment is Closed

We are no longer accepting applications for Open Enrollment. The deadline was 4:30 p.m. on February 13, 2017. Please check back December 2017 for information regarding Open Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year.


  1. Complete the online Open Enrollment application between mid-January and mid-February. Families without internet or email access should:
    1. Request a paper form by contacting your neighborhood school or the Student Placement Office at 425-456-4200.
    2. Paper forms should be returned to your neighborhood school or to the Student Placement Office:
      Student Placement Office
      Bellevue School District
      P.O. Box 90010
      Bellevue, WA 98009-9010.
    3. The Student Placement Office will then manually enter your application into the online form and mail you the relevant automated replies.
  2. Complete applications by the deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

Status of Schools for 2017-18 School Year

The Status of Schools is only applicable to families wishing to enroll in a school other than their neighborhood school. You are guaranteed enrollment at your neighborhood school regardless of the status.

Open: Space is possible. School is projected to be less than 90% enrolled. Applications will be placed in a lottery if there are more applicants than space available.

1-IN/1-OUT: Space is limited. School is projected to be 90% enrolled. Applications received will be placed in a PENDING file for consideration later in the spring or summer.

Closed: Space is unlikely. School is projected to be over 100% enrolled. A family may submit an open enrollment application for a closed school but applications will usually be denied.

All schools are closed for the 2017-18 school year except Sammamish High School and Highland Middle School.

A lottery and/or waiting list will be used if necessary.

Whenever the number of applicants exceeds the available transfer spaces at a particular grade level in a school, a lottery will be conducted after the close of the Open Enrollment period. The Student Placement Office will maintain a waiting list for all schools if necessary. No waiting list will be carried over from year to year.

Late applications will not be considered.

In order to place students and plan for the upcoming school year in a timely manner, we are unable to accept late applications.

Transportation is not provided for Open Enrolled students.

High school students may access the Metro bus route arrangement with the school district. Open Enrollment students may ride existing bus routes on a “space available” basis.  Parents cannot be advised by the Transportation Department if there is space available until mid-September.

Siblings may open enroll together.

Siblings of students open enrolled in a school will be allowed to open enroll in that same school, provided the older sibling will be attending at the time of the initial attendance of the younger sibling.

Open Enrollment applications are NOT used for choice programs.

Families interested in applying to International, Big Picture, Puesta del Sol, Jing Mei or the Spanish Dual Language Program should attend an information session to learn about the application process.


Open Enrollment transfers normally continue until the student completes the educational program at the current level of enrollment (elementary, middle or high school). Open Enrollment transfers granted will continue until such time as a request for a transfer to another school is granted, or until the period of time set forth in the transfer has expired except as follows:

1. Open Enrollment students may be required to transfer to another school if the enrollment in the school or grade level at the school in which they are enrolled increases to the point where there would be inadequate space for transfer students. Enrollment increases may be caused by an influx of new resident students with in a school’s existing boundaries or by the addition of new resident students to a school as the result of a boundary change or movement or expansion of a district program.

2. Open Enrollment transfers granted are discontinued at the time the student leaves the school or program for any reason or if a student withdraws from the Bellevue School District.

3. Open Enrollment transfers may be discontinued if the student is excessively tardy or truant, or if the student engages in frequent misconduct, and/or disruptive behavior in violation of school/program rules that indicate the student is not being successful in the school or program.

4. Before the transfer of such a student is terminated under provision 3 above, the student and the parent/guardian will be notified that the student’s continued attendance at this school or program is in jeopardy. Should a decision be made to terminate the student’s transfer under this provision, the parent/guardian will be notified and may appeal that termination to the Superintendent’s designee within three days of the notification.


Contact the Student Placement Office by emailing or by calling (425) 456-4200.