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Old 10-13-2010, 11:48 AM
 
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We are looking at moving to Seattle and would like an international education for our children. Where we move in the city will be dependent on where we choose for their school. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good, internationally-minded and culturally diverse school in the Seattle area?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Bellevue, WA
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What do you mean by an international school? Seattle is a very diverse area (as is almost any metropolitan area).
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:26 PM
 
Location: LQA, Seattle, Washington
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while not a true international school in the sense, there's a school called "international school" in bellevue that alleges to have a globally diverse curriculum. i know a couple people who went there but am not really sure what it's like.
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Old 10-13-2010, 09:16 PM
 
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Are you looking for public or private schools?

This link ( Parent Map: Learning Map ) displays information on all the private schools in Western WA/Seattle area. In that link, it'll tell you if the schools have the IB programs (some do offer at Elementary school level). One school I wouldn't mind sending my kid to (if I ever have gazillion of $$) would be The Overlake School in Redmond. We do have French immersion schools in the Eastside.

Seattle Public School district does have Spanish and Japanese immersion programs-- but the whole district can be iffy. But some of its schools do have the IB programs, and some have other worldly/rigorous scholastic programs. The great school districts are on the Eastside. Bellevue School District is the most racially diverse district in the Eastside, has a very rigorous program that students must test into, PRISM. The Northshore School district is one of two in the entire West Coast to have the Cambridge Program Juanita High School approved for Cambridge program [The other being in Federal Way.]
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Old 10-13-2010, 09:17 PM
 
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John Stanford International Academy in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle is a very well regarded school, considered to be one of the best in the Seattle Public school district.
That's a K-5 school, and the nearby middle school with an interntional focus is Hamilton International middle school, also in Wallingford.
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Old 10-14-2010, 07:50 AM
 
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Thanks so much for the input - this is very helpful.
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Old 10-14-2010, 11:23 AM
 
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while not a true international school in the sense, there's a school called "international school" in bellevue that alleges to have a globally diverse curriculum. i know a couple people who went there but am not really sure what it's like.
I attended the International School in Bellevue, back when it was first established in the mid 90s. It's a 6th-12th grade school and there is a lottery to get in. The cirriculum is more challenging than the average public school and it is regularly ranked as a top-20 public school nationally. Students are required to pick a foreign language and study it for the entire duration of their enrollment (when I attended, French and German were the only options). While I didn't particularly enjoy my time there, I can't dispute the quality of the education.
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Old 10-14-2010, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Bellevue, WA
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I know a couple of people at International in Bellevue. They're very sharp kids.

The school seems to be more rigorous than the other schools in Bellevue (which are also some of the best nationwide).
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Old 10-15-2010, 01:00 AM
 
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I know a couple of people at International in Bellevue. They're very sharp kids.

The school seems to be more rigorous than the other schools in Bellevue (which are also some of the best nationwide).
It is more rigorous. The International school had a 100 percent passage for the 10th-grade WASL test in reading and writing, and 98 percent in math. Which is just astounding.

The competition to get in that school is fierce. Even if a student have a sibling in the school, it doesn't give them an edge.
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Old 10-15-2010, 09:01 AM
 
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Thanks again! This is really good information.

Just curious - it seems like all the schools in Seattle are K-5, 6-12, or some other combination of grades rather than K-12 or PreK-12th grade, even with private schools. Any reason for that? In most other places, I've seen many more private K-12 schools.
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