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:
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:
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
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
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.