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Leading the Way

In the Bellevue School District, we affirm and inspire each and every student to learn and thrive as creators of their future world.

Our Mission

Our mission is to serve each and every student academically, socially, and emotionally, through a rigorous and relevant education that is innovative and individualized. As a learning community that values one another’s humanity, we provide courageous support for an equitable and exceptional education for all students.

Our Priorities

Three overarching priorities from our Strategic Plan: Belong. Learn. Lead. shape our mission to provide an exceptional education for our students. 

Human-Centered Systems and Relationships

We envision a school and district community where every student, staff, and family member experiences a genuine sense of belonging.  We commit to building a “beloved community” where we care for one another and where the richness of diversity in our community is honored, valued, and uplifted.  

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Student Engagement and Learning

Learning should be joyful, innovative, and built upon student strengths. We strive to ignite passion for learning by placing student voice and agency at the heart of teaching and learning.  With active, engaging, and culturally sustaining learning experiences in every classroom, students will be prepared to navigate and lead in the complex and ever-changing world.   

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Collective Leadership for People and Planet

Our students are the hope of our future world. They have the passion, drive, and talents to make a difference. The education that students receive in Bellevue will equip and empower them, collectively, to improve conditions for people (humanity) and planet (environmental sustainability).  

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Uniquely Bellevue

Things that bring a world class education to your neighborhood

Two Class of 2022 students from International School pose for a picture at graduation
Three social studies teachers from Tyee Middle School
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A group of band students from Tillicum Middle School

Uniquely Bellevue

The Bellevue School District offers a diverse continuum of experiences for all students. From the earliest learners to our soon-to-be graduates, opportunities abound!

Sharing Our Stories

Hear from our learning community who share their thoughts on leading, learning and playing in BSD.

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Attending a Bellevue Schools Foundation event during my daughter's elementary years opened my eyes to the critical importance of the foundation's work. I started as a volunteer ambassador, driven by the desire to uplift education for all students in Bellevue. Today, as a staff member, I continue to witness the vital role the foundation plays in shaping brighter futures for our children.

  • Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF)
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Bellevue is a beloved community that cares for one another and works together to raise the next generation who are capable, kind and committed to making the world a better place. Together, we are Bellevue.

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I absolutely love being a teacher. I teach because I love being able to have a positive impact on the lives of ALL our students. I love challenging them to be stronger people mentally, emotionally and academically. I love teaching in BSD because the community of students and staff is diverse, warm, welcoming and accepting of all. 

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Diversity in our district isn't just enriching, it's shaping future leaders. At Highland, our children feel valued, challenged, and prepared to make a positive difference, finding belonging and connection in a true home for families. 

  • Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)
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We live in a time where facts can be Googled. Spelling can be corrected at a touch of a button. It is creativity and imagination and listening that sets us apart from the machines. The world needs minds who think differently.

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