Bellevue Schools Foundation Programs
Bellevue Schools Foundation promotes, develops, and funds the best possible learning opportunities for ALL students in the Bellevue School District. We seek to TRANSFORM EDUCATION and SUPPORT STUDENTS through a variety of programs including:
- ADAPTIVE LEARNING TECHNOLOGY to improve mathematics instruction in every Bellevue elementary school. Computer-based adaptive programs help teachers differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners, including students who need extra help and students gifted in mathematics who need new challenges.
- PROJECT READINESS to help students in Bellevue’s high needs schools get ready to learn. Project Readiness supports Kindergarten Early Literacy Intervention for our early learners starting in Bellevue’s Title I schools, Positive Behavior Intervention to help students focus on learning, and Starting Strong summer programs to help students from Title I schools transition into middle and high school.
- VIBES MENTORING PROGRAM to support preK-12 students in every school through one-on-one mentoring, small group and classroom mentors, study skills mentors, mentors for middle school youth of color, STEM mentors, and College Corps mentors who help high school seniors apply to college. The VIBES Mentoring Program supports over 5,000 students on an annual basis.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The Project Readiness program helps struggling students at ten Bellevue schools with growing numbers of low-income and non-English speaking students. The program supports projects that have a record of success. For example, today, 85% or more of Kindergartners in Bellevue’s high needs schools are achieving at or above grade level by the end of the year. This achievement is 50 percentage points higher than in the past for some of our central area schools before the implementation of Project Readiness.
We seek support to address the great need to raise student achievement, especially in children in poverty, to prepare them for success in a competitive and global economy. The current 'achievement gap' between students from low-income households and their peers from more affluent families is a critical problem in public education today. It requires action now. The Bellevue Schools Foundation is working to provide successful intervention strategies in elementary, middle and high school.