Lake Washington School District

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The Lake Washington School District #414 is a public school district in King County, Washington, in suburbs east of Seattle. As of 2018 it is the fourth-largest school district in Washington. It serves the region to the east of Lake Washington, one of the wealthiest in the Puget Sound area. The district serves the communities of Kirkland, Redmond, north Sammamish, and southern parts of Bothell and Woodinville.

In October 2018, the district had a student enrollment of 29,987.[1]

Education reform[edit]

Lake Washington has taken a leadership role in education reform. They adopted reform mathematics texts such as TERC and Connected Mathematics, although these and similar text have been blamed for a dramatic decline in math skills of students entering the University of Washington, and some parents protested the complete omission of elementary arithmetic, particularly from TERC. The district is also piloting the requirement of a culminating project, which is being considered by the state, a move also protested by some parents who consider it an undue burden. The district leadership has been historically supportive of Outcomes-based education and the MSP assessment. Another part of their goal to help students achieve their maximum potential in the classroom includes web monitoring and filtering of harmful sites in and around a student's work environment. This also includes blocking sites such as Google, YouTube, and blogging websites at times. Various gaming websites are blocked too.


The district was formed in 1944 by combining three smaller districts:[2]

  • Redmond School District #208
  • Kirkland School District #224
  • Juanita School District #21.

The new district had seven schools; as of 2015, it has 53.[1]

In August 2012, LWSD moved the freshman class into its four high schools, and converted the junior highs to middle schools (grades 6-8).[3]

High schools[edit]

Traditional high schools[edit]

Formerly operated as senior high schools (grades 10-12), the four high schools added the freshman class in August 2012. All compete in the Kingco conference; one in Class 4A and three in Class 3A.[4]

High school Location Opened Mascot Colors Approx.
Eastlake Sammamish 1993 Wolves Crimson/Black 1,875 4A Eastlake
Juanita Kirkland 1971 Rebels Red/White/Blue 1,025 3A Juanita
Lake Washington Kirkland 1923 Kangaroos Purple/White 1,642 3A Lake Washington
Redmond Redmond 1965 Mustangs Green/Gold 1,867 3A Redmond
  • As of October 2012

Choice High Schools[edit]

School Location Opened Mascot Colors Approx.
Emerson High School Kirkland Dragon 66 Emerson HS
Futures School Kirkland 56 Futures School
International Community School Kirkland Phoenix Red/gold/black 438 ICS
Tesla STEM High School Redmond Green/blue/white 600 Tesla STEM HS
  • As of November 2013

Other high schools[edit]

Junior high and middle schools[edit]

The junior highs (grades 7-9) became middle schools (grades 6-8) in August 2012.

School Location Opened Mascot Colors Approx.
Emerson K-12 Kirkland Dolphins Blue/Green 42
Environmental (EAS) Kirkland Cedar Trees Brown/Green 140
Evergreen Middle School Redmond Eagles Green/blue 754
Finn Hill Middle School Kirkland Falcons Blue/Gold 630
Inglewood Middle School Sammamish Knights Blue/silver 1,123
Kamiakin Middle School Kirkland Cougars Moroon/Gold 573
Kirkland Middle School1 Kirkland Panthers Purple/white 588
Northstar Middle School Kirkland Patriots Red/white/blue 90
Redmond Middle School Redmond Grizzlies Black/red 994
Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning Sammamish Ravens Purple/black/silver 94
Rose Hill Middle School Redmond Royals Red/Blue/White 643
Stella Schola Middle School Redmond Authors Gold/white 90
  • As of October 2012

1) Includes a National Junior Honor's Society and Builder's Club.

Elementary schools[edit]

Sixth graders were moved up to the middle schools in August 2012.

School Location Opened Approx.
Alcott Elementary Redmond 659
Audubon Elementary Redmond 505
Bell Elementary Kirkland 312
Blackwell Elementary Sammamish 377
Carson Elementary Sammamish 446
Community School Kirkland 74
Dickinson Elementary Redmond 463
Discovery Community School Kirkland 73
Einstein Elementary Redmond 456
Emerson K-12 Kirkland 51
Explorer Elementary Redmond 71
Franklin Elementary Kirkland 393
Frost Elementary Kirkland 400
Juanita Elementary Kirkland 336
Keller Elementary Kirkland 309
Peter Kirk Elementary Kirkland 528
Lakeview Elementary Kirkland 464
Mann Elementary Redmond 421
McAuliffe Elementary Sammamish 485
Mead Elementary Sammamish 600
Muir Elementary Kirkland 366
Redmond Elementary Redmond 401
Rockwell Elementary Redmond 614
Rosa Parks Elementary Redmond Ridge 795
Rose Hill Elementary Kirkland 352
Rush Elementary Redmond 458
Sandburg Elementary Kirkland 445
Smith Elementary Sammamish 574
Thoreau Elementary Kirkland 269
Twain Elementary Kirkland 578
Wilder Elementary Woodinville 347
  • As of October 2012


  1. ^ a b "Lake Washington School District". LWSD. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  2. ^ "History of our schools" (PDF). LWSD. 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 16, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Classifications 2014-16". WIAA. January 27, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2014.

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Coordinates: 47°37′06″N 122°10′35″W / 47.61833°N 122.17639°W / 47.61833; -122.17639