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Admissions

If you would like to inquire about openings for 2022-2023, please contact our Preschool and Admissions Director, Erica Goodman, at erica@bellevuediscovery.org

2023-2024 Preschool Admissions Events

VIRTUAL PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSES:

 

We invite you to register for a Virtual Open House/Program

Overview to learn about Bellevue Discovery Preschool. You will

have a chance to chat with our Preschool 

Director and Early Childhood Specialist.

A link to join the virtual event will be emailed to registered attendees before the event.

Click on the date to register for a Virtual Open House:

 

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

November 8, 2022                                                                   January 26, 2023 December 1, 2022                                                                   February 7, 2023 

IN-PERSON PRESCHOOL TOURS:

Enjoy a tour of Bellevue Discovery during our school day. Experience our preschool activities, see our teachers interacting with our students, and chat with our Preschool Director and Early Childhood Specialist.   

Please note that this is an adults-only event and has a limited number available for each tour.

Click on the date to register for an In-Person Tour:

10:00 AM- 11:00 AM

November 15, 2022                                                             December 13, 2022

January 10, 2023                                                                       January 24, 2023

January 31, 2023                                                                    February 14, 2023

                                                  

89% of our alumni children have moved on to gifted programs

Children applying to Bellevue Discovery are considered for admission based on their potential for success in our program. The admissions policy reflects our non-profit organization’s commitment to challenging and nurturing young

highly capable children through inquiry-based learning.

In making our admissions decisions, we give consideration for:

               

  • High intellectual ability

  • Creativity, advanced language skills and independent thinking

  • Gender balance, a healthy mix of personalities and cultural diversity

  • Social and emotional development

  • A match between a family’s goals and our educational philosophy

Frequently Asked Questions

Quick Overview

The Admissions Process

A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKET INCLUDES:

  • Preschool Application (see PDF below)

  • $100 non-refundable application fee

  • Teacher Questionnaire (see PDF below), mailed to Bellevue Discovery by your child’s current preschool teacher.  If the teacher will not complete the questionnaire, you may give us a copy of your child’s most recent preschool progress report.  If your child has not yet attended preschool you may ask an activity class teacher or child care worker to complete the questionnaire – ideally  someone who has worked with your child in a group setting.  Please give your child’s teacher a stamped envelope, addressed to Bellevue Discovery.

 

Mailing Address for Bellevue Discovery:

14150 NE 20th Street, Ste. F1-276, Bellevue, WA 98007  

  • Once we receive a completed application packet, your child will be scheduled for a Child Visit.

  • Admissions decisions are made based on the Preschool application and the Child Visit.

Application Deadline: February 17, 2023    

BEFORE YOU GO FURTHER

The fact that we come highly recommended by alumni families, local IQ testers and the admissions directors at local independent gifted schools may not mean we are the right fit for your child or your family’s educational philosophy. Choosing a preschool for your child is a family decision that weighs many factors. Here are two factors to consider:  Bellevue Discovery’s curriculum focuses on creativity more than traditional academics. Our children are highly capable, learn at an advanced level, and are prepared for kindergarten at the gifted and independent schools they move on to.  However, if your family is committed to a traditional skills-based learning environment we will not be able to meet your goals.

 

Bellevue Discovery has a low teacher-child ratio (1:4), but we are not the right placement for a child who needs a more structured or therapeutic environment due to social or behavioral needs. If your child struggles with responding appropriately to adults to the degree that it would impact the learning of the other children in our classroom, we ask that you talk about your child’s needs with our Admissions Director before applying.  We are able to make many accommodations at Bellevue Discovery, and we foster divergent thinking and self-directed learning in our children.  However, on extremely rare occasions we have had to make the difficult decision to withdraw a child from our program due to the child’s social, emotional or behavioral needs.

If you have questions about our admissions process, please contact our Admissions Director, Erica Goodman, at erica@BellevueDiscovery.org.