Option 1

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


Elementary School Gifted Services (GESP)

Students in the GESP (grades 2-5) will enroll in the same grade at which they are currently enrolled.  For example, a student in 2nd grade GESP student will be enrolled in a 2nd grade general education classroom and will receive enhanced or extended learning opportunities in their regular classroom through a menu of options developed to meet their needs (differentiated services).

A plan will be developed by a school-based team, including the classroom teacher, each fall. A copy of this document is also mailed home to the parents by the end of October. The plan includes information about your child’s strength areas and instructional strategies and/or materials that your child’s teacher will utilize as needed in the classroom.

Middle School Gifted Program (GMSP)

Students in the GMSP (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

*Gifted 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.

A classroom-based student plan is created by the Gifted Programs Office each fall and sent to Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies teachers. A copy of this document is also mailed home to the parents by the end of October.  The plan includes information about your child’s strength areas and instructional options available for your child’s teacher to utilize as needed in the classroom.  Teachers are also welcome to utilize differentiation strategies of their own in accordance with the needs of the students they serve.

High School Gifted Program (GHSP)

Students exiting 8th grade GMSP or Prism from Odle or Tyee and not planning to continue in the Gifted High School Program at Interlake should enroll in the following course sequence:

Grade English Social Studies Mathematics Science
9 Honors Sophomore Composition and Literature AP World History Gifted 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 in the Gifted Program 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.

A classroom-based student plan is created by the Gifted Programs Office each fall and sent to Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies teachers. A copy of this document is also mailed home to the parents by the end of October.  The plan includes information about your child’s strength areas and instructional options available for your child’s teacher to utilize as needed in the classroom.  Teachers are also welcome to utilize differentiation strategies of their own in accordance with the needs of the students they serve.

Students considering returning to the full-time program 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 gifted middle school courses and the high school requirements met by each:

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

AP and Other College Level Courses: Refer to the Course Catalog for elective AP Courses offered.  It is recommended that students consider enrolling in the AP Capstone Courses their Junior and Senior year.

Change of Service Form

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


Option 2

This option is for students who left the full-time program to receive differentiated gifted services but wish to return to the full-time program.

Students may return to the full-time program at any time as long as they left the program to to receive differentiated gifted 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 full-time gifted program.

Change of Service Form

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


Option 3

This option is for students who are in the full-time program but wish to return to their neighborhood or choice school or leave the district to attend private school and no longer receive gifted services.

Students will enroll in the same grade at which they are currently enrolled. For example, a student in 6th grade GMSP 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’s from the full time program, please fill a Withdrawal Form and submit it to the Gifted Programs 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 gifted program must be provided by Student Placement.  If Student Placement approves continued enrollment in the self-contained gifted program (based on the current BSD enrollment), approval only applies for the remainder of that current school year.  If a gifted 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 the full time gifted program or differentiated services and returns to the program within one school year, that student does not need to retest.  For example, a student leaves GESP at the end of 5th grade.  The student may return to GMSP as long as it is on or before the first day of 7th grade.

If a student withdraws from the full time gifted program or differentiated services and does not return within the one year timeframe as noted above, then the following information would be required upon their 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 our Gifted Program students.

Based upon the information provided, the returning gifted 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 the program in the fall.

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

Request for Re-Enrollment Form

If you wish to return your child to gifted services, please fill a Request for Re-Enrollment Form and submit it to the Gifted Programs Office.