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Admissions

If you would like to inquire about openings for 2022-2023, please contact admissions@bellevuediscovery.org

2022-2023 Preschool Admissions

VIRTUAL 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 talk with our Business & Admissions Director and Early Childhood Education Director.

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

Click on the date to register for an Open House:

 

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

November 9, 2021                                                   January 27, 2022

December 2, 2021                                                    February 1, 2022

December 14, 2021                                                  February 10, 2022 

January 11, 2022                                                       February 15, 2022

                                                                                

Extended Care Program starting Fall 2022!

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 18, 2022    

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, Bhavya Srivastava, at

bhavya@BellevueDiscovery.org.