First, the Bellevue school district covers most of Bellevue. Bellevue High School and Newport High School have been rated in the top 10 in the U.S. and the feeder elementary schools are excellent. There is a little overlap with Lake Washington school district on the north edge and Issaquah school district on the south. All three are great school districts.
My daughter-in-law happens to own Sundance Preschool which has two campuses in Bellevue and is one of the highest rated Preschools in the area. The age range is 6 months through kindergarten.
Which part of Bellevue you want to live in depends on your commute. For the I-90 commute, Cougar Mountain, which includes Lakemont and several other quality neighborhoods, built in the 1990s and 2000s, is mostly 20 to 30 minutes.
If you choose West Bellevue and are open to homes that were built in the 50s, 60s, 70s, you can commute over State route 520 and be in Seattle in 15 minutes. If you live further east in Bellevue, the houses were mostly built in the 80s and 90s.
On my website, http://www.buyandsellseattlerealestate.com , there are links to great information on the different communities and there are also lifestyle demographics after you hone into specific neighborhoods. I have sold this "Eastside area" and worked out of Bellevue for over 20 amazing years, so am happy to answer any specific questions you may have.
Welcome to the northwest. There are some great options in Bellevue. I've attached a link to the State Superintendent School Report Card so you can compare some of the Elementary schools based on test scores. I've had a recent client select their school preference and then the home. While the School district as a whole is good, the difference between the top schools and the bottom may be broader than many think.
You may also want to consider Kirkland, Issaquah and Sammamish. They also have great schools there and have express buses to downtown. Many living in all three communities work downtown.
I understand you are just starting the process but if you want to spend a quick 5 minutes on the phone I could probably at least point you in the right direction - so feel free to give me a ring 425.876.6164
Best of luck!
Supporting that recommendation, today's rental inventory (with only Bellevue / Bellevue Schools included in parameters) show 1 home West of 405 and 10 East of 405 with 3 of those located South of I90. This is a match! We can get more specific with more criteria. Contact me anytime for further assistance!
-Andy Alberts 425-891-9004