About Us


Welcome from the Heads of School


Robert Dougherty -- Head of BCA Pre-K

Britt Dougherty -- Head of BCA Primary

Dear Families,

Welcome to Bellevue Children’s Academy!

We are pleased to provide a private education to Bellevue and the greater eastside community for the past 20 years. Beginning as a small afterschool program, BCA has grown to serve approximately 600 students, Pre-K through 4th grade, along with our 5-12th grade program at Willows Preparatory School® (WPS).

Through classic BCA education, students will experience dedicated teachers, small class sizes and rigorous academics. To compliment this, BCA also believes in providing our students with a well-rounded education offering specialist classes, and socio-emotional learning to our students. Children who attend BCA participate in a curriculum that honors the whole child.

In 2015, BCA began the journey to become an International Baccalaureate® (IB) World School. Becoming an authorized IB Primary Years Programme School in 2016, students at BCA participate in inquiry-based learning that develops their collaboration and critical thinking skills. The IB PYP provides a framework for learning that encourages students to become life-long learners and leaders in the community.

We look forward to working with you and your children, helping them to achieve their goals, and beginning their path to life-long learning.


Robert Dougherty
Head of BCA Pre-K

Britt Dougherty
Head of BCA Primary


Our History

Bellevue Children’s Academy® (BCA®) was started as a tutoring center in 1992 by Yuka Shimizu. The success of the tutoring center led to the opening of BCA® in September 1999 with nine students. By 2013 the school occupied three campuses in Bellevue, offering programs for Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8. In early 2014, Bellevue Children’s Academy purchased the 15-acre site of Washington Cathedral Church in nearby Redmond. BCA relocated the middle school to the new site and was branded Willows Preparatory School (WPS®). The popularity of the middle school led to the development of a high school on the same campus. WPS’s first graduating class will be in 2023!

In 2015, BCA® began working to have  International Baccalaureate® (IB) accreditation. We are now accredited for  Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Years Programme.

BCA is a proud member of the International Schools Partnership® (ISP), a consortium of 50 international schools of choice recognized across local communities and the global education sector for amazing learning, ambition, and growth.

Why choose BCA?

  • Inquiry-Based Learning
    • Fostering curiosity and developing the skills needed to acquire knowledge both inside and outside the classroom
  • Depth vs Acceleration
    • Beyond pure memorization of facts into understanding and application
  • Academic Excellence
    • Advanced robust curriculum that inspires students to thrive
  • World Class Education through our International Baccalaureate World School Accreditation:
    • Promoting a global perspective through a collaborative and rigorous learning environment using the IB framework
  • Small Class Sizes: 10-12 students per class (average class size)
    • Nurturing and student-centered classroom environments
  • Experiential Learning
    • Wide range of field trips and school visits enhance our curriculum
  • Specialist Classes: Art, Computer/Design, Drama, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, LEGO Education
    • Creating a well-rounded learning experience
  • Extended Care Programs
    • Varied after school programs designed to extend learning beyond the school day





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Bellevue Children’s Academy® is comprised of four campuses:


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