We believe that every child on the Eastside deserves the opportunities to succeed.
The broader Eastside is a vibrant, growing, and diverse community. While there has long been a perception of cities like Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond as affluent and homogeneous suburbs, the reality is quite different. A large number of families—including many children—are struggling because of economic, racial, and cultural inequities.
In 2014, the City of Bellevue adopted the Diversity Advantage vision statement that declares, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.”
We need to do better for our lower-income students.
We need to make investments in early education to create a strong foundation that leads to future success.
We need to coordinate programs and make systems change to support ALL children in our community, so they have a postsecondary credential that provides access to a living-wage career.
We need the entire community to work together to ensure all our children reach their potential.
BELLEVUE FAST FACTS
Over 3,700 students (19 percent) receive free or reduced-price meals at school.
14 percent are English Language Learners (ELLs).
Special Education programs serve 7 percent of students.
More than 1 in 100 students is homeless.
There were 15.6 cases of child abuse and neglect per 1,000 youth in 2015.
The district-wide high school graduation rate is over 90 percent, but for low-income students and English language learners, graduation rates are closer to 70 percent.
By 2020, 70 percent of jobs in Washington are expected to require postsecondary education, yet there are students who aren’t even finishing high school.
Map showing Eastside school district boundaries