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The past two decades have witnessed tremendous growth in the cities and communities of the

Eastside. Newcomers who have relocated are attracted to the region as a great place to raise a family. The influx of young families is a reflection of the area’s exceptional school systems and a community emphasis on education.



During a child’s primary years it is important to begin a formal education. The Eastside has some of the nation’s most creative concepts in early childhood education.

Lake Washington Technical College offers Redmond Toddler Group (RTG), a fantastic example of the Eastside’s innovative spirit. RTG focuses on parent education. Parents are given a weekly opportunity to interact with their children and learn from experiences of other parents who have children the same age. Parents enrolled in the program are required to take mandatory evening classes that cover parenting essentials, including training in CPR and first aid. Visit for more information.

Similar groups sponsored by Lake Washington Technical College meet in other Eastside communities. For more information, visit

The Jennifer Rosen Meade Preschool/Kindergarten of Temple De Hirsch Sinai is located in Bellevue and offers a caring, quality preschool and kindergarten education for children ages 12 months through six years. The developmental curriculum fosters early discoveries and promotes Jewish traditions, participatory learning, creativity and fun in a naturally wooded setting. For more information, call at 206-315-7428 or visit

Public Schools

If communities are judged on the quality of public education it provides to its children, then the Eastside stands alone with some of the highest rated and most progressive public school systems in the nation.

Bellevue School District
12111 NE 1st Street
Bellevue, WA 98009


Bellevue is nationally recognized for its award-winning schools, innovative curriculum and exceptional teachers. In a May of 2007 edition of Newsweek, all five Bellevue high schools appeared prominently in the top 200 in a list of over 1,200 of “America’s Best High Schools,” according to Jay Mathews’ Challenge Index. International boasted an impressive rating of #11, followed by Bellevue High at #32, Newport High at #49, Interlake at #59 and Sammamish High at #104.

Bellevue’s innovative school curriculum is designed to give students a competitive advantage. Successful learning initiatives, such as full-day kindergarten, a full complement of Advanced

Placement courses, an International Baccalaureate program, world language studies and extensive collaboration with partners in higher education and educational research, give Bellevue students the tools they need to be successful in college and in the workforce.

Bellevue Schools are “Top of the Class”

• SAT scores have increased 40 points in the past eights years, from 1,103 in 1999 to 1,143 in 2007.

• SAT 2007 verbal scores were 35 points higher than the state average and 59 points higher than the national average.

• SAT 2007 math scores were 56 points higher than the state average and 67 points higher than the national average.

• Bellevue public schools are diverse - there are 84 “first” languages other than English spoken by students.

• For the school year 2006-2007, Bellevue Schools spent $9,268 on each full-time student enrolled.

Bellevue high schools focus on college and career preparation. During 2006-2007, more than 2,500 Bellevue students were enrolled in over 5,600 Advanced Placement or International

Baccalaureate courses. Both of these programs allow students to earn college credit while still in high school. In 2006, 82 percent of Bellevue’s graduates took advantage of these advanced learning opportunities, and testing places Bellevue in the top 1 percent of all high schools nationwide.

Issaquah School District
565 North West Holly Street
Issaquah, WA 98027

Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the Issaquah School District is an economically sound community and aesthetically pleasing region in which to live and to raise families. More than 73,000 residents of Issaquah, Preston, Newcastle, portions of Renton, Bellevue, Sammamish and unincorporated King County live within the district’s 110 square miles.

Just 15 years ago, 8,644 students attended 13 schools in the district. Today, nearly 16,000 students build their futures in 23 schools. Drawn by the allure of a beautiful region in which to live and a school district with a reputation for quality education, hundreds of new families have made this region their home.

Because community and business have supported construction bonds, students today have modern and well-equipped schools and high quality teachers (more than half of Issaquah School

District teachers have advanced degrees). Almost 2,000 staff work in the classrooms and in school support roles. The district also oversees the educational program at Echo Glen Children’s

Center, which is Washington State’s juvenile detention facility. Grand Ridge Elementary in the Issaquah Highlands, the district’s newest school, opened in September of 2006. By September of 2009, the district will convert Pacific Cascade Freshman

Campus into a new middle school. By expanding and rebuilding Issaquah High and Skyline High School, they’ll be ready to welcome back their ninth-graders.

Lake Washington School District
16250 NE 74th Street
Redmond, WA 98052

With 49 schools and more than 23,000 students, Lake Washington School District serves students living in Redmond, Kirkland and Sammamish. Schools within the district reflect the community that it serves. The majority of homeowners within the district boundaries are upper-middle class, comfortable with technology and have children with student test scores well-above state and national averages. The district employs excellent staff members who are committed to education. Teachers receive high-quality professional development and training to remain up-to-date with the best educational practices.

Lake Washington School District believes in a continuum of schooling options to meet the needs of students and parents. These include alternative schools and programs, schools-within-schools, home schooling partnerships, alternative structures and program innovations. Opportunities are available for parents and students interested in district-sponsored gifted education programs.

Students are assessed and selected for enrollment in elementary and junior-high level gifted programs.

Involvement of parents and community members remains a vital element in key decisions regarding the future of the district. Lake Washington consistently seeks input on major issues. There are numerous avenues for parents and community members to get involved through the PTSA, community working committees and volunteer opportunities.

Mercer Island School District
4160 86th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

The Mercer Island School District is located on Mercer Island, a six-square-mile suburban community of 22,000 residents in the middle of Lake Washington, within a 10-minute drive to

Seattle and Bellevue. The district serves over 4,000 students in five schools. The community has high academic expectations for the school district, and it has supported its maintenance and operations levy every year, as well as $54 million in capital bonds to renovate all five schools.

Mercer Island has the highest scores on the WASL (Washington Assessment of Student Learning) of any district in the state. In 2006, 84.5 percent of 4th graders, 82.1 percent of 7th graders and 86.9 percent of 10th graders met all three standards in writing, math and reading. In science, Mercer Island schools had the highest percentage of students at standard – 5th grade 65.8 percent, 8th grade 85.1 percent and 10th grade 75.2 percent.

Mercer Island students and teachers benefit from over $1 million in annual donations to the PTA/PTSAs and the Mercer Island Schools Foundation. They also benefit from the time and energy spent by countless volunteers serving on committees, planning fund-raising programs, coordinating field trips and assemblies, serving as art docents and general classroom volunteers, and many more activities.

Northshore School District
18315 Bothell Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011-1983

The Northshore School District is located in the Seattle-Everett metropolitan area north and east of Lake Washington. It encompasses the cities of Bothell, Kenmore and Woodinville. When combined, the area covered by the three cities is referred to as “Northshore.” Northshore is the 10th largest school district in Washington state. It has close to 20,000 students and approximately 2,300 full- and part-time employees. The district covers 60 square miles (two-thirds in King County, one-third in Snohomish County). The Northshore district population is approximately 117,500 people.

Northshore’s close proximity to Lake Washington, Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains allows it to offer a wide range of cultural activities and professional opportunities. Students enjoy boating, skiing, hiking, fishing and other recreational activities. Three universities and seven community colleges offer continuing education opportunities.

The citizens of Northshore recognize the value of good education. Since 1942, they have regularly approved levies and bond issues that provide the district’s educational programs with well-maintained facilities. The community supports its public schools in other ways. More than 500 businesses and individuals are involved in partnerships, and more than 1,000 parent and community volunteers currently help the schools.

Renton School District
Kohlwes Education Center
300 SW 7th Street
Renton, WA 98055

Spanning 32.5 square miles, Renton School District provides a safe and challenging learning environment for a diverse population of 13,000 students at three comprehensive high schools, three middle schools, 13 elementary schools, an early childhood center and a special services center. Black River High School and Sartori

Education Center

Education Center provide eligible students the opportunity to complete high school in a smaller and more personalized setting. District programs also address the special needs of disabled, academically gifted and artistically talented students.

The mission of the Renton School District, which is a partnership of families, community and employees, is to instill in each student knowledge, skills, responsibility and inspiration to become a lifelong learner and a successful contributor to a changing, more technologically advanced and diverse society by ensuring academic achievement, mutual respect and positive self-esteem.

An ambitious $1.5 million project to build the Renton Community Performing Arts Center at Renton High School is now the state-of-the-art IKEA Performance Center. Besides serving the needs of the high school, the center offers classes to the public in theater arts, lighting, stage management and box office administration.

Riverview School District
32240 NE 50th Street
Carnation, WA 98014

Riverview School District, located 40 minutes from Seattle in the lower Snoqualmie Valley, encompasses the communities of Carnation and Duvall and surrounding areas, and covers approximately 250 square miles in eastern King County. The district schools are easily accessible to Redmond, Woodinville, Bellevue, Issaquah and other eastside communities.

The district, with a K-12 student enrollment of approximately 3,000, includes Cedarcrest High School, housing students grades 9-12; Tolt Middle School, accommodating 6-8 grade students; and Carnation, Cherry Valley and Stillwater Elementary Schools, serving a K-5 student population.

Due to the district’s size, employees and the community are very involved in the goal setting and strategic planning for the district. The district benefits from consistent voter support for school levies. All schools maintain active PTAs and provide many opportunities for community volunteers to share in the learning process with students.

Snoqualmie Valley Public Schools
P.O. Box 400
Snoqualmie, WA 98065

The Snoqualmie Valley School District is located in the Cascade Mountain foothills in Washington state, approximately 40 miles outside of Seattle. It covers 400 square miles and serves the communities of Snoqualmie, North Bend and Fall City, making it one of the geographically largest school districts in the state. The district serves about 5,000 students and families with five elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and one alternative school.

In 2002, the Snoqualmie Valley School District was selected as one of 25 winners in the American School Board Journal’s Magna Awards 2002 program. The Magna Awards recognize districts across the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools.

Tahoma School District
25720 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Road SE
Phone: 425-413-3400

The Tahoma School District serves 7,200 students in grades pre-K-12 in and around Maple Valley, about 30 miles southeast of Seattle. The district is recognized as innovative in its development and use of curriculum. Test scores indicate that Tahoma students are among the state’s top 10 percent on average.

The district provides a quality learning environment for all students, including those with special needs and those who are qualified to participate in gifted education programs. Music, athletics and other extracurricular activities are available, too. The district has one full-service high school, Tahoma High School, and an alternative high school, Maple Valley High School. There is one junior high school, two middle schools, four elementary schools and a parent-partnered school.

Private Schools

In addition to outstanding public school systems, the Eastside boasts some of the most prestigious and attractive private educational programs in the Northwest. Programs range from Montessori-based education to programs designed specifically for students preparing for college to religious institutions with intense academic curriculum.

The Bear Creek School
8905 208th Ave. NE, Redmond

Bellevue Christian School
1601 98th Ave. NE, Clyde Hill

Brighton School
6717 212th St. SW, Lynnwood

Bright Horizons at the Summit
355 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue

Cedar Park Christian School
16300 112th Ave. NE, Bothell

Chestnut Hill Academy
2610 116th Ave. NE, Bellevue

Chrysalis School
14241 NE Woodinville-Duvall Rd., Woodinville
Grades 1-12

Cougar Mountain Academy
5410 194th Ave. SE, Issaquah
Ages 1-12

Eastside Catholic High School
11650 SE 60th St., Bellevue
Grades 9-12

Eastside Christian School
14615 SE 22nd St., Bellevue

Eastside Preparatory School
10635 NE 38th Pl., Kirkland
Grades 6-12

Emerald Heights Academy
3850 156th Ave. SE, Bellevue 425-643-1671

ETC Preparatory Academy
9655 SE 36th St., Mercer Island

Eton School
2701 Bel-Red Rd., Bellevue
Pre-8th Grade

Evergreen Academy
16017 118th Pl. NE, Bothell

Faith Lutheran
9041 166th Ave. NE, Redmond

Forest Ridge School of Sacred Heart
4800 139th Ave. SE, Bellevue
Girls 5-12

Heritage Christian School
10310 NE 195 St., Bothell

Jewish Day School
15749 NE 4th St., Bellevue
Pre-8 G

St. Thomas School
8300 N.E. 12th St., Bellevue
Ages 2 1/2-12

The Little School
2812 116th Ave. NE, Bellevue
Ages 3-12

Northwest Yeshiva High School
5017 90th Ave. SE, Mercer Island
Grades 9-12

Overlake School
20301 NE 108th St., Redmond
Grades 5-12

Three Cedars School
556 124th Ave. NE, Bellevue
425-401-9874 K-8

Zion Preparatory Academy
4730 32nd Ave. S, Seattle
206-721-6083 K-8

Colleges and Universities

Bellevue Community College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007

Rated among the top five community colleges in the nation, Bellevue Community College (BCC) offers associate degrees in the arts and sciences, business administration, engineering, pre-pharmacy, pre-law and other academic fields. As the third largest institution of higher learning in Washington, the college opens the door of higher education to more than 37,000 students each year.

Administrators plan the curriculum at BCC in partnership with school districts and key business interests on the Eastside. One example of an emerging field is the new National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies, which helps students gain the experience and skills necessary to join the high-tech workforce in and around Bellevue. In addition, BCC provides area employers with training programs designed specifically around their needs. The community college has become a working partner with the state employment office, providing underemployed residents the ability to add skills to their resume before reentering the competitive job market.

Working in conjunction with area high schools, BCC also offers a custom Running Start program that allows high school students to complete college-level work before graduation, saving themselves — and their parents — tuition money normally associated with four-year colleges.

Qualified graduates of Bellevue Community College receive priority admission status when applying to transfer to a four-year university in the state.

Cascadia Community College
18345 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011

Students come to Cascadia for a wide variety of educational opportunities, from transfer degrees, information technology certificates and adult basic skills, to English as a Second Language, art classes and corporate training. Cascadia is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in education for its innovative classroom teaching. Students at Cascadia are trained for success in the global economy and the working world.

Cascadia Community College shares a campus with the University of Washington, Bothell. The beautiful 128-acre campus features the world-class University of Washington libraries, high-tech computers, a gorgeous environmental landscape and 58 acres of fully restored wetlands. More than 50 percent of Cascadia’s transfer students successfully transitioned from Cascadia to the University of Washington, Bothell. The shared campus allows students to access all levels of higher education in one convenient location.

Lake Washington Technical College
Kirkland Campus
Redmond Campus

Lake Washington Technical College (LWTC) has been serving the Greater Eastside since 1949 and provides affordable professional and technical training for today’s job market. Training is available in 38 programs with over 100 degree and certificate options in business and service, health and fitness, manufacturing and transportation technologies, information technology and arts, language and science.

The Lake Washington Technical College mission is to prepare students for today’s careers and tomorrow’s opportunities. Students at LWTC learn what it takes to excel in their career. The college places a premium on students learning quickly while mastering the skills of their chosen discipline. Skills application by working in realistic job settings is an integral dimension of education at LWTC.

Renton Technical College
3000 NE 4th Street
Renton, WA 98056

Renton Technical College provides relevant quality training and education, giving students the skills and opportunity to enter rapidly into the workforce and be competitive for promotion. Our 73 specialized career training programs replicate the work environment, training our students on equipment used in today’s workplace. Vocational training at the college is comprised of three programs: full-time, initial job training; part-time, retraining or upgrading existing skills; and apprenticeship-related instruction.

City University
City University - Bellevue
City University - Renton

Working professionals have utilized City University’s unique educational format for more than 50 years to complete undergraduate degrees or for graduate-level programs. City University is a private, nonprofit institution that offers more than 50 programs in fields ranging from business management and technology to counseling and teacher preparation.

DeVry University
Bellevue Center

DeVry University in Bellevue offers undergraduate degree programs in computer information systems, business administration and technical management. Master’s degree programs in business administration, accounting and financial management, human resource management, information systems management, public administration, project management and technical management are offered through DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management.

University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix - Eastside

University of Phoenix provides campus locations, online degree programs and flexible scheduling for working students. Campus and online degree programs cover fields such as business and management, communications, criminal justice and security, education, general studies, nursing and health care, human services, psychology and technology.

University of Washington Bothell

The Eastside branch campus of the University of Washington in Bothell provides students with the ability to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the liberal arts, education, nursing, computing and software systems.

Religious Colleges

Northwest University
5520 108th Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98033

Located in Kirkland, Northwest College is situated on green acreage in a quiet suburban setting with views of Lake Washington. Northwest College offers private education for those students interested in the liberal arts or a career in the clergy.

Cascade Bible College
8210 154th Avenue NE
Redmond, WA 98052

Eastside Colleges, Universities & Trade Schools

Antioch University
2326 6th Ave., Seattle 98121

Art Institute of Seattle
2323 Elliott Ave., Seattle 98121

Bastyr University
14500 NE Juanita Dr., Kenmore 98028

Bellevue Community College
3000 Landerholm Circle, Bellevue 98007

Cascadia Community College
18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell 98011

Central Washington University/Lynnwood
20000 68th W, Lynnwood 98036

City University of Seattle
Ridgewood Plaza 11900 NE 1st St., Bellevue 98005

Communiversity at Providence Point
4135 Providence Point Dr. SE, Issaquah 98029

Keller Graduate School at Devry University
500 108th Ave. NE, Bellevue 98004

Eastern Washington University @ Bellevue
3000 Landerholm Circle SE, House 1, Bellevue 98007

Lake Washington Technical College
11605 132nd Ave. NE, Kirkland 98034

Renton Technical College
3000 NE 4th, Renton 98056

Trinity Lutheran College
4221 228th Ave. SE, Issaquah 98029

University of Phoenix
3380 146th Pl. SE, Bellevue 98007

University of Washington @ Bothell
18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell 98011

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