FAQs About Admissions
Limiting the number of children to a maximum of thirteen students per classroom allows our teachers to focus on individual needs, achievements, and social-skill development. (Our Pre-Kindergarten classrooms are limited to ten students.) Small class sizes provide our students with additional interaction and support, as well as the ability to build a sense of community and school pride. At Bellevue Children’s Academy, our warm and nurturing environment contributes to each student’s growth and encourages them to become a life-long learner.
We follow the age guidelines set for Washington State schools, which establish grade assignments by the child’s birthday on or before August 31. Children must be four years old on or before August 31 to enroll in our Pre-Kindergarten; five years old on or before August 31 to enroll in our Kindergarten; and so on. Please note that we do not make exceptions to this policy, which applies to all grade levels.
We strive to create unique classroom environments by accepting students of diverse backgrounds, varied personalities, and by maintaining gender balance. We thoughtfully evaluate each applicant, looking for those qualities that would allow him or her to be successful at our school.
Siblings of current and former BCA students will be carefully considered for classroom placement. However, siblings must complete the entire application process and possess the qualities that would allow them to be successful at our school. We cannot guarantee a space in one of our classrooms for all siblings.
A number of factors contribute to the admission team’s decisions. We carefully look at the whole child to ensure their success at Bellevue Children’s Academy. What does it mean to look at the whole child? We carefully review how they socially interact with other students and staff during their visit/or interview, as well as read over each transcript and teacher recommendation carefully.
We take great pride in the fact that our students come from a rich variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Each year we sponsor a Cultural Fair that allows families and students to share aspects of their heritage with the BCA community. Bellevue Children’s Academy admits students of any racial, national, religious, or ethnic origin. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or ethnic origin in the administration of our admissions or any other school administered program.
Students enjoy a sense of pride in wearing the school uniform at BCA. Our school colors of red, navy blue, and white help to unite us and further create a sense of community during the school day.
Bellevue Children’s Academy is pleased to offer a school lunch program for our students that are made on campus every day with nutritious, healthy and balanced ingredients. Through an easy-to-use website system, families are able to pre-order lunches on a monthly or weekly basis for their student.
We are pleased to provide extended care at an additional charge for our students before and after school hours on most school days. Homework, study hall, playtime, and other activities are all part of our extended care program.
- Before-School Care starts at 7:30 a.m.
- After-School Care is available from the end of the school day until 6:00 p.m.
At Bellevue Children’s Academy, we offer a range of after-school enrichment classes that complement and further enhance our student’s school experience. In the past, such programs have included chess club, jump rope, drama, drawing and painting to name a few. Costs vary but are approximately $200 per 12 week session, payable to the program’s instructor. Participation is optional.
Parents are not charged extended care costs during an after-school enrichment class. Enrichment classes take place after school from approximately 3:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. After class, students not picked up by their parents are escorted to extended care and signed in, at which time BCA extended care costs commence.
Bellevue Children’s Academy does not provide transportation. Parents are required to drop off and pick up their children each day.
One-on-one private tutoring sessions with our teachers are available after school for students. Please note that there is a separate fee for this service. Please contact us via e-mail for more information at <a href=”mailto:email@example.com”>firstname.lastname@example.org</a>.
The majority of our graduating 5th graders proceed to our middle school, Willows Preparatory School. Others are accepted to local private and public school programs.