Relocating to Seattle area and need advice on areas in which to rent a house with good schools and not to long a commute for downtown Seattle.

Asked by jenn.catheyroberts, Mercer Island, WA Sat Sep 1, 2012

With 2 boys, schools are the #1 priority, My 2nd grader has high-functioning autism and is currently in a great program in LAUSD, would love something similar. Looking at Mercer Island, but wondering about Bellevue or Issaquah. Our temporary housing may be in Bellevue/Lakemont which is Issaquah schools near Cougar mountain? I can't find much about Special Ed/autism programsin those schools. Any advice would be appreciated :)

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Jason Cook, Agent, Bellevue, WA
Wed Sep 5, 2012
There is a lot of good answers here with quality links and information for you to sort thru. I live in Whispering Heights which is sandwiched between Lakemont(Issaquah) and Somerset(Bellevue). I fall into Bellevue Schools (yay)! This year Eastgate Elementary (Bellevue) has a new program that has high-functioning autism students integrated into the general classrooms. My 2nd grade son has his good friend sitting right next to him that has HFA, and a teacher with experience with it as well. You probably won't find much info on the district website or schools website, but feel free to contact them directly: Principal: Gail McDonald, Office Manager: Jessica Soto Tel: 425-456-5100.
Being near the I-90 corridor is key to getting to downtown with a minimal commute. My Windermere office is just down the hill from this area and just off of I-90. I would recommend directly contacting anyone of the Real Estate Professionals that answered your question.
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Tara McCaull…, Agent, Bellevue, WA
Sat Sep 1, 2012
I have a good friend with a son who also has high-functioning autism. She did a ton of research on which schools would be best for him, and ended up moving to Snoqualmie for their excellent programs that cater specifically to her son. The school district is great and their program for autism has helped her and her son immensely.

It is further from downtown, so that's something to keep in mind but for her it's absolutely been worth it. Bellevue schools are also fantastic and get some of the highest ratings, so if Snoqualmie is too far for you, that's where I'd be looking next.
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Sarah Jullion, Agent, Bellevue, WA
Sun Sep 2, 2012
Hello, and congratulations that you are moving to the Puget Sound area!
To answer your question: Bellevue Schools is one of the best school districts in the nation. That said, I believe they have different programs and service schools designed to meet specific special needs.

Here is the link to their webpage.…

On the right sidebar there are information links for autism... here is a link for a copy of that list:…

The dividing line between Issaquah and Bellevue School districts in the Lakemont-Cougar Mtn area puts some homes in one district and some in the other. For example, currently there are 6 homes listed in the Cougar Mtn area of which 5 are Issaquah Schools and one is Bellevue Schools. Most homes in Lakemont are in the Issaquah School District. The Issaquah School District also has an excellent reputation.

Email me if I can be of further help. I am sure that you will discover some excellent resources from the link above to assist you with specific questions. Thanks!
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Chris K Soon, Agent, Bellevue, WA
Sat Sep 1, 2012
Hi Jenn,
Several years ago I had a client relocating that have a boy with challenge situation like yours and I found them a very nice rambler in Enatai and they enroll in Enatai Elementary that offers the same program for Autism Students. BSD is closed today, and I will be able to check for you on tuesday when school office opens.

Meanwhile, please email me at ,and I will assist you with some possible options for rental opportunities. My contact : (425)802-0518. You can also visit my website : for more choice and details
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Josephine Lee, , Bellevue, WA
Sat Sep 1, 2012
Bellevue and Issaquah School districts are very popular for parents who are interested in high scholastic achievement. Bellevue/Lakemont and Newport areas are good commuting distance to downtown Seattle. You can find out special program to contact the school district. Bellevue School District web page is
Also, Issaquah area is comfortable to commute to Seattle Downtown thru I-90.
Issaquah School district is
If you need to find rental properties, I can send you available list for you to review.
Please let me know. Thanks for the inquiry.
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Bob Kelly, Agent, Bellevue, WA
Sat Sep 1, 2012
You found this section of the Issaquah School District website?…

Here are local resources for special needs parents:
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