Transforming Education

  • Computer Science Education & Equity—Helps students build skills in computational and critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. Computer science education is integrated into curriculum to engage girls and all students. Provides free after-school robotics at elementary schools and new Makerspace equipment for middle schools.
  • Signs of Suicide Program (SOS) – Training for more than 40 staff members in schools to recognize and help students struggling with mental illness. The goal of this important program is to decrease suicide attempts and change attitude about depression, mental health and suicide.
  • Early Learning—Provides 30 children in need or experiencing homeless, tuition-free slots to attend high quality BSD preschools, giving them a chance to overcome potential adverse effects and improve long-term education and health outcomes.
  • National Board Certification—Supports teachers pursuing the “gold standard” for teaching, which transforms classrooms and improves student learning. The Foundation has supported more than 400 teachers achieving their NBCT. This support has helped Bellevue have the highest number of certified teachers in the state.
  • Arts, Enrichment & Innovation (Classroom/Music) Grants—Enhances students’ education with innovative learning opportunities in and out of the classroom, such as music, field trips, visiting authors and artists, STEM, innovative tools, books, and more.
  • Culturally Responsive & Innovative Kindergarten Literacy—Increases reading proficiency in kindergarten by incorporating culturally responsible curriculum and providing balanced literacy instruction with books that reflect global communities and cultures.
  • Mentoring Program (formally VIBES) —Supports management of a robust corps of volunteer mentors and tutors who offer one-on-one mentoring, study skills coaching (AVID), College Corps college application assistance, and more in all 29 of Bellevue’s public schools.
  • Community Engagement—Deepens community and parents’ understanding of current education topics, from lunchtime presentations on research and best practices to round table discussions on topics like social emotional learning, child well-being, technology and more.
  • Equity BOOM & SHOUT Experience—Expands over three years this successful program that engages Black, Native American, Latino/a, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander secondary students with mentors who identify with them racially and culturally.