Chinook Middle School asks incoming students to register early as staff move into rebuilt campus

Chinook Middle School staff will return to their home campus on Clyde Hill at the end of June, after operating out of the Ringdall Junior High campus in the Newport Hills neighborhood. In preparation of an anticipated influx of new students, administrators are asking the families of expected Chinook students — the campus serves students graduating from the Clyde Hill, Medina, Enatai and Woodridge elementary schools — to register between now and the end of June.

Registration will, however, be open all summer.

"We know that new schools can bring in more kids," Office Manager Nancy Maggart said. "Tyee had a big uptick in enrollment at its new school, and if we have 200 new students, that would mean we would need to hire six new teachers. If that's something we need, we would like to know that and do it now rather than … a few days before school starts."

Further information about registration is available at

Chinook Middle School has been entirely rebuilt into one building (it was previously comprised of several small pod buildings) with new computer labs, classroom "smart boards," stage and sound systems, synthetic turf and safety lockdown capability.

Chinook is the second middle school rebuilt under the Bellevue School District's current construction campaign, following Tyee Middle School. Demolition on Odle Middle School will begin this summer, following the City Council's unanimous approval of Conditional Use and Critical Areas Land Use permits at the body's May 5 meeting.


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