School Design for Success


History of Bellevue International School

Bellevue International School was the sole creation of six visionary teachers, and has consistently ranked in the top tier of schools nationwide...Read more

History of Kirkland International Community School (ICS)

Kirkland International Community School had no computers the first year, and our students were housed in portables with little shelter from the rain...Yet, by the second year we achieved the highest writing scores on statewide exams...Read more

Humanities Curriculum at Bellevue International School and Kirkland ICS

Quarterly grading periods, winter breaks and summer recesses were mere interruptions in one continuous curriculum...Read more

How Social Promotion Gives a "Pass" to Schools that Fail

Ask any teacher whether social promotion "works", and you will receive a clear answer: It doesn't...Read more

First Test Scores from Bellevue International School and Kirkland International School

These scores were achieved by schools that were untried, built on promises, and which had yet to acquire a reputation for rigor and success...Read more

Creating A Powerful Teaching Culture

If the teaching culture is not transformed, then "school renewal" will be an empty promise...Read more

Making it Better vs. Making it New

"Better" and "different" may sometimes be confused as charter schools describe their mission...Read more

How Marysville Arts & Technology H.S. Began

"We don't have tennis courts. We don't have a gym. We don't have a lot of things," Principal Bruce Saari said. "We do have a small school culture."Read more



Co-Founder & Program Developer: Bellevue International School

Founder: Lake Washington International Community School (Kirkland, WA)

Principal & Founder: Marysville Arts & Technology High School

My Experiences Creating New Small Schools


Washington State Administrative, K-12

California Administrative, K-12 (prelim)

Washington State Teacher, K-12


Schools for the 21st. Century Grant for Bellevue International School startup: $300,000

Stanford University's Terman Scholastic Award for "Outstanding Contributions to Teaching." Presented at Stanford.

Recipient, Fullbright Exchange to Denmark

Recipient, National Endowment for the Humanities & CBE Independent Study Grant

Washington State A+ Commission sub-committee on Successful Schools & Performance Incentives

Antioch University, Seattle, Adjunct Faculty, Teacher Field Supervision