Bellevue school district vs LWSD

Mar 28, 2018 14 Comments

We are considering debating between buying a home in Redmond vs Bellevue. My kid is in gifted school and will go to middle school next year. Any one researched on pros and cons and can share some insights? If your kids went to interlake did you think it was beneficial compared to lwsd in high school in terms of college readiness? We are inclining towards Bellevue because of interlake program.

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  • Microsoft / Mgmt
    qjCR01

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    Interlake program looks good outside but students during 10 and 11 grade are stressed crazy. Few teachers are ok rest is self study. English and Humanities takes lot of time so less time for STEM courses. And then the IB program gets less credit unless one takes HL level courses. Have you open to their open houses?
    Mar 28, 2018 2
    • Microsoft Compete
      OP
      Thank you for the great info! I haven't been to their open houses. I will plan to do so. Could you please clarify what is meant by HL courses?
      Mar 28, 2018
    • Microsoft NaMoNaMo
      Agree to above comments
      Mar 28, 2018
  • Symantec Kuhn
    Your kid will need to do test again in LWSD. The district is much more competitive.
    I would pick Bellevue. If your kid passed full CoGAT when joined gifted, it will be possible to join without new testing.
    Also unlike LWSD, BSD has gifted program in High school.
    Mar 28, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Mgmt
    qjCR01

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    Go to IB program website. HL is high level courses and SL is standard level courses. One need to complete IB in two years so one can take only so many HL courses which are valued by Universities.
    Mar 28, 2018 4
  • Microsoft / Mgmt
    qjCR01

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    Have you been to theit open house.... Where their counsellor will openly tell that your kido will cry, gets less sleep and not much time to do extracurriculars. If your kido is superesmart then go for it
    Grades will suffer from 10 onwards as program gets tough
    Mar 28, 2018 1
    • Microsoft Compete
      OP
      I wouldn't say my kid is supersmart. Very passionate about STEM though but jovial nature and hates working hard 😀. Seems like interlake is not right approach for my kid.
      Mar 28, 2018
  • Inglemoor on East end of Northshore district: full IB program and serious academics. No jocks
    Apr 3, 2018 0
  • Tableau / Eng
    singforthe

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    If your kid is smart than do Bellevue. Otherwise lwdd
    Mar 29, 2018 0
  • Microsoft NaMoNaMo
    What do you mean UW gives extra credits? How is that determined?
    If your grade point is 3.5 with HL, how does that compare to general 3.5?
    Mar 28, 2018 0

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