Admission

BKPlay has a rolling admissions policy. To enroll in BKPlay Academy, please see the information below:

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  1. Take a tour: Individual or Group Tour available.  Click here to request a tour.
  1. Fill out the application packet and include the following:

Send an application packet via email to info@bkplay.org or to our mailing address: BKPlay Academy 6236 122nd Avenue SE Bellevue, WA 98006

  1. Schedule a child visit: Applicants will be given an assessment during the child visit. We will contact you to arrange a child visit. A child visit usually takes about one hour if the assessment is done at an independent agency or up to three hours if the assessment is done at BK with choice activities, group time and one-one-one time with Dr. Shin. Due to space limitations, we request no siblings or parents during the child visit.

As many parents have requested, we now have pre-screenings before assessment. Prescreening is not a formal assessment, but it can be a useful process before parents go ahead with the assessment. The prescreening fee is $75 and it will be applied toward the assessment fee later. During pre-screening, a student will have one-on-one time with Dr. Shin. Click here to request an assessment at BKPlay. You are welcome to consult other qualified examiners. Here is a list of other qualified examiners who agreed on extra careful administration for children age 4 and under.

 

Betty Jones, Ph.D. Bellevue,        425)455-2938
Steven Katz, Ph.D. Seattle,          425)688-7675
Sally Madge, Ph.D. Issaquah,      425)557-3664
Philip Dunbar-Mayer, Ph.D. Issaquah,      425)877-3484
Beverly Norfleet, Psy.D. Bellevue,        425)455-7861
Guy Oram, Ph.D. Kirkland,        425)576-1817
Lionel Ennis, Ph.D. MOSAIC Bellevue,      425)644-6328

Requirements

The following are the recommendations and requirements to identify highly gifted children in early childhood. Please note that the National Association for Gifted Children does not say testing is not reliable or advisable for preschoolers. It only says that “testing is never warranted unless it will make a difference in a student’s life.” The NAGC believes the use of assessments is an integral part of the identification process, especially for those who are not perceived as being gifted by teachers and parents.

  • The child must be at least 2 years and 6 months old at the time of assessment. The child should be able to stay during the assessment without parental supervision or separation anxiety.
  • For children age 4 or above, an IQ test result at 97% or above in the Verbal, Visual-Spatial, Fluid Reasoning, General Ability Index, OR Full Scale on Wechsler Intelligence Test or Stanford-Binet is required.
  • For children under age 4, we require an assessment to understand the child. We required 90 % or above in the Verbal, Nonverbal OR Full Scale but 97% or above is recommended.
  • Parent interviews, teacher observations, work samples and quantitative assessments are parts of the admission process.
  • Scoring very high in some categories but not very high in others is highly considered for admission when the child does not make the overall IQ requirement for reasons such as having English as a second language.