What qualifications are needed to apply?

Any parent of a student that lives within the Bellevue School District service area can apply for their child to test. The Bellevue School District’s Gifted Programs Office does not invite students to apply for testing based on achievement data.

Any staff member, student, parent or community member may refer a child who lives within the Bellevue School District service area for gifted services by submitting the child’s name, grade, school and student number (if known) to the Gifted Programs Office via email at gifted@bsd405.org or by calling (425) 456-4136.  Parents wishing to refer their own child for testing should complete an application online.  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 gifted, gifted services are only provided through differentiated services in the general education classroom at the current school setting for which that transfer applies.


When are applications accepted?

Applications for gifted testing for students in grades 1 – 11 will be available online starting September 1, 2017. District families interested in applying for testing must apply before the October 31, 2017 deadline at 4:30 pm.

Parents of BSD Kindergarten students do not need to apply as all Kindergarten students are considered for gifted services.  Parents of private or home-school Kindergarten students that live within the Bellevue School District service area may apply for gifted services from September 1, 2017 – September 30, 2017.  Applications are available at the Gifted Programs Office or you may request one by sending an email to gifted@bsd405.org.


Are you new to the district?

If you moved to the Bellevue School District service area after October 31, 2017, your child may test for gifted services in July 2018.  Students in grade 1 will test on both days in the mornings (approx. 8:00 – 11:30 am) and students in grades 2 – 11  will test all day (approx. 8:00 am – 2:00 pm).  Identified students will start the program in fall 2018.  This testing session is for students that will have just completed grades 1 – 11.  Applications will be available online after May 1, 2018.   The deadline to apply is Friday, July 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm.

Please refer to the following table for testing dates:

GRADES DATE CogAT STAR
1 July 25, 2018 AM
1 July 26, 2018 AM
2 – 4 July 25, 2018  AM PM
5 – 11 July 26, 2018 AM PM

If you are moving to the district and your child is currently in a gifted program, please see below…


Is your student from another gifted program?

You may apply for placement in our gifted program if your child was enrolled in a full-time, self-contained gifted program in another school district. A full-time program is defined as receiving gifted services in the four content areas of language arts, social studies, math and science. Your child must have been in that program immediately preceding your move to the Bellevue School District. You must register your child in your neighborhood school before you can apply for gifted services. You must also meet the following requirements:

  • Have the complete battery of the CogAT 7 (not CogAT 7 Screener).
  • 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 Gifted Program students.

We evaluate all students admitted into the program using the CogAT, STAR, IOWA and multiple data points. If your child was in a full-time program but did not take the full CogAT, do not submit an application for gifted services. Your child will have to test with us in our next testing cycle before they 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. Enroll your child in your neighborhood school (you must do this first).
  2. Submit an Application for Gifted Services form* to the Gifted Office. Please include the tests that your child took to get into the gifted program at your previous district and all other required documents listed above.

*NOTE: This is not an application for testing. It is only for students that were previously enrolled in a full-time, self-contained program in another school district.