Kindergarten & First Grade [Grades K – 1]

Kindergarten and First grade students identified as most highly capable  receive services in their home school. This is NOT a self-contained classroom like our current Gifted Elementary School Program (GESP). K-1 Services provide enhanced or extended learning opportunities in the regular classroom through a menu of options developed to meet students’ needs.

Kindergarten ServicesFirst Grade Services

Differentiated Services [Grades 2 – 12]

Gifted services provided at a neighborhood school or choice school are designed to meet the student’s academic strengths and social/emotional needs in the general education classroom.  Through differentiation, teachers utilize various instructional practices which may include accelerating, extending or compacting the curriculum as well as altering the content, process and/or product in response to a student’s needs.


Gifted Elementary School Program (GESP) [Grades 2 – 5]

The Gifted Elementary School Program (GESP) provides full day services to identified gifted students who are provided opportunities to engage in intellectually stimulating endeavors with peers who are equally capable of learning at comparable levels.

Purposeful flexible grouping of students has been shown to increase intellectual engagement and qualitatively affect measurable academic growth.  Gifted services will provide students opportunities to explore content areas with depth, complexity, and pacing suited to their intellectual abilities.

Student service in the math domain is determined by academic performance on curriculum placement tests. Students are assigned to math classrooms, at appropriate levels, with opportunities for content and process differentiation.

District Transportation is provided to the assigned program site.  Students are automatically assigned a bus stop if they are registered by July 15th for the following school year.  Bus stop information will be mailed the week before school.  

Cherry Crest Elementary

12400 NE 32nd Street
Bellevue, WA 98005
Serves: Ardmore, Bennett, Cherry Crest, Sherwood Forest & Stevenson

Medina Elementary

8001 NE 8th Street
Medina, WA 98039
Serves: Clyde Hill & Medina

Somerset Elementary

14100 Somerset Blvd. SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
Serves: Newport Heights & Somerset

Spiritridge Elementary

16401 SE 24th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008
Serves: Eastgate, Enatai, Lake Hills, Phantom Lake, Spiritridge & Woodridge

Students identified as highly capable in grades 2 – 5 have the option to receive services in their home school. Students in GESP who choose to receive gifted services in their home school will receive enhanced or extended learning opportunities in their regular classroom through a menu of options developed to meet their needs (differentiated services).


Gifted Middle School Program (GMSP) [Grades 6 – 8]

GMSP students will receive academic services in Language Arts/Social Studies, Math, and Science as a cohort from teachers trained in and familiar with the needs of gifted students.  The GMSP Language Arts/Social Studies curriculum emphasizes and integrates the use of critical thinking skills in receptive and expressive abilities through the study of various cultural, historic, economic, geographic, and literary perspectives.

The Math curriculum follows the district sequence but is accelerated one year.  Students will skip the traditional 6th grade curriculum into GMSP Integrated Math Topics 2.  The GMSP Science curriculum accelerates the content so that students are ready for high school biology in the 8th grade.  In the 6th grade, students investigate concepts from the earth and physical sciences through laboratory experiences, class discussions, and projects to build understanding of fundamental concepts.

Social/emotional needs are addressed through the “cohort” experience and by working with teachers trained in and familiar with the social/emotional needs of gifted students.  Students will move as a cohort through middle school and into high school.  This provides opportunity for, and continuity of, social interaction within an academic environment of challenge.

District Transportation is provided to the assigned program site.  Students are automatically assigned a bus stop if they are registered by July 15th for the following school year.  Bus stop information will be mailed the week before school.  

Odle Middle School

502 143rd Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98007
Serves: Ardmore, Bennett, Cherry Crest, Clyde Hill, Enatai, Lake Hills, Medina, Phantom Lake, Sherwood Forest, Spiritridge, Stevenson and Woodridge

Tyee Middle School

13630 SE Allen Road
Bellevue, WA 98006
Serves: Eastgate, Newport Heights and Somerset

Students identified as highly capable in grades 6-8 have the option to receive services in their home school. Students in GMSP who choose to receive gifted services in their home school will receive enhanced or extended learning opportunities in their regular classroom through differentiated services.


Gifted High School Program (GHSP) [Grades 9 – 12]

In the Gifted High School Program (GHSP), students of exceptionally high academic and intellectual ability are grouped in a cohort in the core areas of English, history, science and math. Placement in each area is based on knowledge and skill level.  In grades 10 & 11 students enroll in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program with the goal that they complete IB degrees at the end of the 11th grade The 12th grade curriculum includes internships, independent studies, research projects and college classes.

The Bellevue School District Gifted High School Program (GHSP) is the final piece in the Bellevue School District 2-12 gifted program. The GHSP was formed with the intention of providing a four-year high school experience that allows students with exceptionally high academic ability to be appropriately challenged while maintaining a balanced extra-curricular life.

High school students are eligible to receive an ORCA card through their school of registration if they live outside the one radial mile walk of such school.  At registration time, an ORCA/metro bus pass application will need to be filled out and eligiblity verified before the card is given to the student.  Routes are updated in August and as routes change.    

Interlake High School

16245 NE 24th Street, Bellevue, WA 98008

Students identified as highly capable in grades 9-12 have the option to receive services in their home school. Students in GHSP who choose to receive gifted services in their home school will receive enhanced or extended learning opportunities in their regular classroom through differentiated services.