Edmonds Woodway High School

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Edmonds-Woodway High School
Edmonds Woodway High.jpg
Front entry of building
Edmonds, Washington
United States
Type Public secondary school
Motto There are two kinds of people in this world: Warriors and those who wish they were!
Established 1990
School district Edmonds School District
Principal Terrance Mims
Faculty 200
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,648 (May 2011)
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Purple, green, yellow and orange                 
Mascot The Warrior

Edmonds-Woodway High School is one of five high schools in the Edmonds School District in Edmonds, Washington, United States. It serves students in grades 9-12. Edmonds-Woodway is ranked as the #318 high school[1] in America by Newsweek Magazine.

Principal Dr. Terrance Mims and Assistant Principals Geoff Bennett and Allison Larsen are the administrative leadership team. Past principals include Miriam Mickelson (2012-2015), Michelle Trifunovic (2007-2012), Alan Weiss (1995-2007). Rainer Houser was the first principal of Edmonds-Woodway from 1990 to 1995.[2][3]

History and facilities[edit]

Edmonds-Woodway was formed when Edmonds High School and Woodway High School, both schools in the city of Edmonds, merged in 1990. They combined the Edmonds and Woodway High School colors (gold, purple, orange and green), although purple and green are the dominant colors used. The school used the old Woodway High School building until construction on a new facility at the old Edmonds High School site.[citation needed] Prior to the merger, the two schools were academic and athletic rivals, despite sharing feeder middle schools.[4]

The new school, which opened in 1998, is located close to Highway 99 and is accessible from Interstate-5. It is designed around a central courtyard with a separate theater building and classrooms organized in small learning communities. It received several regional and national design awards, including the 1990 Masonry Institute of Washington's Masonry Excellence Award for the use of masonry throughout the project, as well as the national annual design award of the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International, the 1999 James D. MacConnell Award for outstanding new educational facilities.[5] Bassetti Architects of Seattle was the architectural firm for the new building.


IB Program[edit]

In 1996, Edmonds-Woodway became an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering the IB Diploma Programme.[6] The Edmonds-Woodway IB program is one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest, with 22 IB classes, over 400 IB-enrolled students and over 90 full-IB Diploma graduates (2017). Because of enrollment limitations on the program, in-district students whose home high school is not Edmonds-Woodway may participate in the program only through an application process. Students whose home high school is Edmonds-Woodway may participate in as many (or as few) IB classes as they choose. IB candidates take IB tests in a variety of IB subject areas, qualifying them for college credit at over 1,600 colleges and universities. Since 2011 the school's IB Coordinator has been David Quinn.[7]

AP Program[edit]

In addition to its 28 IB courses, Edmonds-Woodway offers two Advanced Placement (AP) courses: AP Statistics and AP Calculus,[8] for which students can also gain college coursework credit. The current school AP Coordinator is unknown.

National student recognition[edit]

In 2009, Edmonds-Woodway student Sally Chu was named as the school's first US Presidential Scholar.[9] In 2005, the school had eight National Merit Scholar finalists, the most of any high school in the state. In 2006 the Edmonds-Woodway Deaf Academic Bowl Team competed for the first time. It was the first team in the history of the Academic Bowl to win a Regional competition their first year.


Deaf community[edit]

Edmonds-Woodway has the largest deaf and hard-of-hearing student population in the Edmonds School District, due to programs offered for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Deaf students attend from surrounding school districts, who may decide to contract with ESD for their students to attend the EWHS program in cases where they cannot offer a comprehensive program to meet the needs of their deaf students. The school offers an American Sign Language (ASL) program. Four years of instruction in ASL are offered to students who are not deaf or hard-of-hearing. These students can take ASL to fulfil the world language requirement for high school graduation. Some students pursue careers as deaf interpreters or as DHH Teachers (Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing).

Lifeskills program[edit]

In addition to its Deaf and Hard of Hearing program, Edmonds-Woodway has a Lifeskill Program for students with "mild to moderate developmental disabilities."[10] The Lifeskills Program is run by Debbie Sand. Lifeskills students at Edmonds-Woodway, coached by paraeducator Becki Bell,[11] often take part in the annual Washington State Special Olympics. During the 2011 Winter Games in Wenatchee, Edmonds-Woodway students brought home awards.[12] At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, Edmonds-Woodway cheerleaders invited Lifeskills students to participate on the school cheer squad, backed by the Sparkle Effect program, which encourages cheer squads throughout the United States to include students with disabilities.[13] Three students accepted the invitation and took part on the EW cheer squad that year.[14]


The school hosts the Edmonds School District Stadium, which is the home field for all high schools in the Edmonds School District. EW's traditional in-district athletics rival is Meadowdale High School. Girls' volleyball, girls' tennis, boys' basketball and football programs have either made it deep into state tournament or won state tournaments.[citation needed] The girls' basketball team took 5th in state in 2010.[citation needed] In 2008, the boys' tennis team, under coach Dan Crist, won state in doubles tennis and the team took third. The football team took 3rd places in 4a football twice in the 2006/07 and 2007/2008 seasons. The boys wrestling program, currently under the direction of coach Brian Alfie, has placed in the top 10 in state several times in recent years (2011, 2013, and 2016) and has produced multiple State and Academic State champions. [15] The Varsity Cheer Squad placed 3rd in state in 2015.

Music program[edit]

EWHS Music Department is a comprehensive traditional music program with a focus on large ensemble performance.

The school's music program is best known for its Jazz Program. The Jazz Ensemble I is known throughout the greater Seattle area, and has been accepted into the Essentially Ellington jazz festival on five occasions, in 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2017. The band also participates regularly in Starbuck's Hot Java Cool Jazz performance held at the historic Paramount Theater in March each year. They have also attended the Portland Jazz Festival (Portland, Oregon where the two outstanding soloists of the festival (band and choir) were both EWHS students. They have also participated regularly in the University of Idaho Jazz Festival Moscow, Idaho at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, where they won the Sweepstakes Award in 2018. The program has a thriving jazz combo culture and has supported winning jazz combos several times including 2018. In 2009 they were invited to take part in the Swing Central jazz festival in Savannah, Georgia.

Edmonds-Woodway supports three concert bands: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Symphony, the last of which requires an audition. Choirs include Bel-Canto, open to all students,Mello-Aires, a small auditioned Jazz ensemble that performs and competes and Dorian Singers, a secondary Jazz ensemble. Orchestral groups include three orchestras including Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra and the auditioned Philharmonic Orchestra. For select concerts, the Full Orchestra includes advanced wind and percussion players from the Wind Symphony group. One academic music course is also offered: IB Music, which teaches music theory and music history.

Jazz Alley[edit]

Spring Jazz Night is a celebration of senior jazz band performers and is held at Jazz Alley in Seattle. All current jazz bands perform as well as an alumni band with several notable professional jazz alumni.

Craft Fair[edit]

On the first Saturday each December, the EWHS Music Boosters hold a holiday craft fair. Held in the Great Hall since 1993, this is a fundraiser for the music program. Over 75 crafters participate, with a review committee choosing holiday arts and crafters from applications. Student groups from the orchestra, choir and wind programs perform, and music students also volunteer.

Big Band Dance[edit]

Held every year in spring, the dance is set entirely to live swing music, mostly from the 1920s to 1950s. The school's jazz bands perform, as well as the College Place Middle School jazz band and Madrona Middle School's jazz band. Nearly all five hours of the dance are set to live music, with a half-hour of professional swing dancing lessons held before the dance. Swing dance lessons are generally offered after school once a week beginning a month before the dance to help students prepare. The dance is open to the public.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Newsweek Magazine. http://www.newsweek.com/id/201160/?q=2009/rank/301
  2. ^ http://www.waleadershipacademy.org/about/staff/houser.php, retrieved 2013-02-13
  3. ^ http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19910607&slug=1287644, retrieved 2013-02-13
  4. ^ Christilaw, Steve (September 28, 1988). "Extra spice for Edmonds-Woodway rivalry". The Seattle Times. p. F6. 
  5. ^ CEFPI list of MacConnell Award winners Archived March 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., retrieved 2012-07-10
  6. ^ International Baccalaureate Organization, retrieved 2012-07-10
  7. ^ EWHS IB Programme webpage, retrieved 2012-07-10]
  8. ^ Edmonds-Woodway Curriculum Guide http://www.edmonds.wednet.edu/cms/lib02/WA01001167/Centricity/Domain/787/12%20-%2013%20CURRICULUM%20GUIDE.pdf
  9. ^ List of 2009 US Presidential Scholars http://www.ed.gov/programs/psp/awards.html
  10. ^ Edmonds-Woodway Academic Programs and Information http://www.edmonds.wednet.edu/cms/lib02/WA01001167/Centricity/Domain/115/ew.pdf
  11. ^ Special Olympics Coach Becki Bell has her day in Edmonds http://myedmondsnews.com/2011/01/special-olympics-coach-becki-bell-has-her-day-in-edmonds/
  12. ^ Special Olympians Enjoy Success and Have Fun at State Championships http://edmonds.patch.com/articles/athletes-take-home-awards-from-state-championship
  13. ^ The Sparkle Effect http://www.thesparkleeffect.org/
  14. ^ Edmonds-Woodway cheer squad welcomes fellow students with disabilities http://heraldnet.com/article/20111114/NEWS01/711149939/1062/COMM0623
  15. ^ "High School WIAA Seattle Times State Athletes of the Week". 
  16. ^ "The Seattle Times: Arts & Entertainment: Edmonds actress having fun with "Scary" movies, growing career". Seattle Times. 2006-04-21. Archived from the original on 2006-05-25. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 
  17. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2044985/

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