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Applications for the 2023-2024 school year were due on February 17th, 2023. Please contact our Preschool and Admissions Director, Erica Goodman, at for questions about admissions.

The vast majority 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

Application next steps:

  • Please email completed Preschool Application form (see fillable PDF below) as well as a recent photo of your child to

  • Submit a $100 nonrefundable application fee along with the application

  • Complete the Teacher Questionnaire (see PDF below) before Child Visit Day. Child Visit Day is March 10, 2023. The Teacher Questionnaire should be mailed to Bellevue Discovery by your child’s current preschool teacher.  If the teacher is unable to complete the questionnaire, you may submit 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 within a group setting.  Please give your child’s teacher a stamped envelope, addressed to Bellevue Discovery.

 Bellevue Discovery Mailing Address

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

  •  Once we receive a completed application packet as well as the nonrefundable $100 application fee, we will contact you by email to schedule your Child Visit time.  Admissions decisions are made based on the Preschool application and Child Visit.

Application Deadline: February 17, 2023    


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

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