The Bellevue business community understands the connection between excellence in local education and our future workforce. A first class education system plays a critical role in our increasingly global economy. The Bellevue School District, with its nationally recognized schools and innovative classroom technology, is preparing our students to compete in that environment.
Nationally Recognized Schools
Bellevue is nationally recognized for its award winning schools, innovative curriculum and exceptional teachers. In a May 2008 edition of Newsweek, all five Bellevue high schools appeared prominently in the top 200 in a list of over 1,200 “America’s Best High Schools,” according to Jay Mathews’ Challenge Index. International School boasted an impressive rating at #10, with Newport High at #31, Interlake at #45, Bellevue High at #63, and Sammamish High at #167.
Bellevue’s innovative school curriculum is designed to give students a competitive advantage. Successful learning initiatives, such as full-day kindergarten, a full complement of Advanced Placement courses, an International Baccalaureate program, world language studies, and extensive collaboration with partners in higher education and educational research give Bellevue students the tools they need to be successful in college and in the workforce.
Bellevue Schools are “Top of the Class”
• SAT scores have increased 40 points in the past eight years, from 1103 in 1999 to 1143 in 2007.
• SAT 2007 verbal scores were 35 points higher than the state average and 59 points higher than the national average.
• SAT 2007 math scores were 56 points higher than the state average and 67 points higher than the national average.
• Bellevue public schools are diverse - there are 84 “first” languages other than English spoken by students.
• For the school year 2006-2007, Bellevue Schools spent $9,268 on each full-time student enrolled; up from $8,631 for the previous school year.
Bellevue high schools focus on college and career preparation. During 2006-2007, more than 2,500 Bellevue students were enrolled in over 5,600 Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses. Both of these programs allow students to earn college credit while still in high school. In 2007, 83% of Bellevue’s graduates took advantage of these advanced learning opportunities, and testing places Bellevue in the top one percent of all high schools nationwide.
Educational attainment continues to be a primary factor influencing the quality of life in Bellevue. The percentage of the population in Bellevue with higher education degrees is consistently higher than that of neighboring Seattle, as well as nationwide.
• 59% of residents have attained Bachelor’s Degree or higher.
• 58% of employees work in management or professional services jobs.
Bellevue is recognized for its highly skilled and qualified workforce, providing an advantage for businesses in recruiting, attracting, and retaining employees. This community is a thriving economic engine and job importer. By offering education opportunities, workforce training, and professional development, local institutions contribute to our knowledge-based community.
BELLEVUE AREA SCHOOLS
Bellevue Community College
Bellevue Public School District 405
Cascadia Community College
425-637-1010 or 800-422-4898
DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management
425-455-2242 or 888-653-5537
Lake Washington Technical College
University of Phoenix
425-572-1600 or 866-766-0766
University of Washington-Bothell