We Celebrate Diversity!

Bellevue Discovery does not discriminate on the basis of

ethnic background, family composition, gender or gender identity, nationality, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation or

other legally protected status in admission of qualified students, administration of educational programs, hiring and employment.

We believe diversity enriches learning and therefore seek to

promote and celebrate diversity at Bellevue Discovery.

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Mailing Address

15600 NE 8th Street, Ste. B1-747, Bellevue, WA 98008

Physical Address

15749 NE 4th Street, Bellevue, WA 98008

(on the campus of the Jewish Day School)

Contact Us:

(425) 223-5193

admissions@BellevueDiscovery.org 

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Admissions

If you believe Bellevue Discovery would be a learning environment where your child will thrive, we hope you will apply to our preschool.  We will begin processing applications the first week of October. 

Applications are due January 30, 2020

2020-2021 Preschool Admissions is now open!

OPEN HOUSES:  7:00 - 8:00 pm

We invite you to register for an evening Open House/Program Overview to learn about Bellevue Discovery Preschool.

Open Houses are for adults only. 

Click on the date to register for an Open House:

      December 12, 2019                                                January 22, 2020

IN-CLASS PARENT VISITS:  10:00 - 11:00 am

The best way to discover if our preschool is the right place for your child is to visit while class is in session. You will have a chance to talk with our Head of School and Admissions Director, as well as see a variety of preschool activities during your Parent Visit.  We have limited space on each visit; each parent needs to register if both plan to attend the visit.   

Parent Visits are for adults only. 

Click on the date to register for a Parent Visit:

November 4, 2019                                                        December 10, 2019

November 5, 2019                                                         January 6, 2020

November 12, 2019                                                       January 7, 2020

November 18, 2019                                                       January 13, 2020

November 19, 2019                                                       January 14, 2020
December 2, 2019                                                          January 21, 2020
December 3, 2019                                                          January 27, 2020
December 9, 2019                                                          January 28, 2020

88% of our alumni children have moved on to gifted programs

The Admissions Process

 

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

Admissions FAQ

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:

15600 NE 8th Street, Ste. B1-747, Bellevue, WA 98008           

 

If you have questions about our admissions process, please contact our Admissions Director, Bhavya Srivastava, at

Admissions@BellevueDiscovery.org.

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.