Superintendent Spotlight: Robb Smith, Bellevue Independent

Robb Smith
Robb Smith

The Bellevue Independent school district is undergoing a transformation to redefine the educational experiences of the students it serves. This highlights Bellevue Independent’s commitment to providing opportunities for intellectual pursuits and connections to a hometown that serves as a launching point for a fulfilling life.

Bellevue Independent is guided by values that serve as the vision and mission for the district. These were developed through conversation and collaboration with district staff, community members and students. The essential question was “How would you describe a Bellevue High School graduate?” The qualities and characteristics that emerged as consistent themes provided the foundation for what guides the district today and in the future.

The district values “Honoring the Past.” Often heard is the phrase, “Once a tiger, always a tiger.” There is a connection to Bellevue Independent that is difficult to define, but it is anchored by an environment of inclusion. Once you don the black and gold, students become privy to a kinship that offers the safety of a forever home.

The district values “Embracing the Present.” The Bellevue Classroom is a P-12 instructional blueprint which includes purposeful processes and life skills development dedicated to the whole child. From preschool through graduation, Bellevue Independent’s mission is to guide students to deeper levels of understanding through the building of community and use of thinking strategies in a workshop setting. Holding a strong belief that there is no ceiling, The Bellevue Classroom is aimed at dispelling myths of limits on student achievement and is steeped in sound research, including elements of brain function, cognitive development and social interaction.

The district values “Securing a Future.” College-going students from Bellevue High School are enrolled in dual credit courses in collaboration with Gateway Community and Technical College. In the 2015-16 school year, 40 high school students earned more than 450 credit hours completely funded by the school district. Other individualized opportunities for career-bound students include pathway partnerships with surrounding districts and internships through the NaviGo Scholars program.