Lakeside School (Seattle)

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Lakeside School
Lakeside school.jpg
(Middle School) 13510 1st Avenue Northeast
(High School) 14050 1st Avenue Northeast


United States
MottoAs You Sow, So Shall You Reap
Head of SchoolBernie Noe
Student to teacher ratio9:1
School color(s)Maroon & Gold          
RivalO'Dea High School and Seattle Preparatory School
NewspaperThe Tatler
YearbookThe Numidian
Endowment$222 million[1]
Religious AffiliationNone
Lakeside School's Upper Campus

Lakeside School is a private/independent school located in Seattle, Washington for grades 5–12. Famous alumni include Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen. As of 2019, school review website Niche ranks Lakeside School the best private high school in Washington state and the 14th best private high school in the United States.[2]


Lakeside School was developed in 1919 by Frank G. Moran as Moran-Lakeside School on the shores of Lake Washington in the Denny-Blaine neighborhood of Seattle. Originally, the school was intended to feed students to Moran's other school, the Moran School on nearby Bainbridge Island.[3] In 1923 the school was incorporated and renamed to Lakeside Day School. In 1923, it moved to the present site of The Bush School in Washington Park. In 1930, Lakeside moved to its newly constructed campus at its current location. It became coeducational upon merger with St. Nicholas School, a Capitol Hill private girls' school, in 1971.[4]


All courses at Lakeside are college preparatory, and although AP courses are not offered, the majority meet or exceed the rigor and depth of the AP curriculum. Honors courses are only available in science and math. Graduation requirements include 2 years of Arts, 4 years of English, 3 years of History, Level III in either Chinese/French/Spanish/Latin (or Level II in two languages), 3 years of Math, 2 years of Physical Education, and 2 years of Science. Additionally students are required to perform 80 service hours (on average 146 hours reported per student) and participate in one week of Outdoor Education before graduation.

Typically 100% of students go on to matriculate at four-year colleges, with 88% of graduates out-of-state.

Student life[edit]

Lakeside has many student-initiated and led clubs, such as the Chess Team, the Acafellas and Bellas (a cappella groups), Quiz Bowl, Ethics Bowl, and Imago (a literary magazine).[5] Other aspects of student life include the affinity groups, like BSU (Black Student Union), GLOW (Gay Lesbian Or Whatever, a Gay Straight Alliance club), LAPS (Lakeside Asian/Pacific Islander Students), MIXED (Multicultural Initiators EXperiencing and Encouraging Diversity), and Sí Se Puede (a support network for Latin American students).[6] The number and nature of clubs changes each year as student interests change.[7]


A large athletics program offers golf, football, soccer, volleyball, crew, wrestling, baseball, basketball, tennis, swimming, diving, lacrosse, cross country, and track and field as well as a strength and conditioning program.[8] In recent years, the boys' swim team won a 3A WIAA state championship in the 2011-2012 season as well as in the 2012-2013 season. The 2013-2014 boys' soccer team won the WIAA state championship in the 3A division.[9] The 2014 girls' swim team won the 3A WIAA state championship for the first time in school history, and won the 2015 state championship as well. The 2016 volleyball team won the 3A WIAA state championship for the first time in school history.

Global Service Learning[edit]

Established in the summer of 2005, the school's Global Service Learning Program, commonly referred to as GSL, aims at helping students look at the world from a different point of view while helping the underprivileged around the world. In 2005, students visited India, Peru, and China; in the summer of 2006 students travelled to Peru, China, Morocco, and the Dominican Republic. In the summer of 2007, 86 Upper School students traveled to Peru, China, Morocco, India, and the Dominican Republic. This list grew to include Senegal as an option for the 2009 summer trips (removed in 2015 due to the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa), Ecuador for the 2013 summer trips, Thailand for 2014, and the Dominican Republic for 2015. The Middle School opened its first Global Service Learning Program for seventh graders with trips to the Makah Indian Reservation on Neah Bay in the summer of 2006; it sent an eighth grade trip to Costa Rica every summer between 2007 and 2014. It also began a trip for sixth graders to Broetje Orchards in the summer of 2010. In 2015, it implemented week long GSL trips around the Pacific Northwest for 8th graders. Students visited Cloud View Farms, the Quinault Reservation, Vernonia, Elwha, the Makah Reservation and Broetje Orchards.[10]

The Global Service Learning Program is one piece of a broad change in curriculum and administrative policies aimed at increasing diversity. The school has focused on, in recent years, its role as an elite prep school and its desire for diverse viewpoints and backgrounds of its curriculum, faculty, and students.

Lakeside students have the opportunity to study abroad during their junior year of high school through schools called School Year Abroad, the Mountain School, the High Mountain Institute, the Maine Coast Semester, and CityTerm. Students may apply in the winter of their sophomore year to spend part of their junior year at one of these schools.

Lakeside has a long tradition in engaging students in global affairs. In 1984, Lakeside students competed against students at Moscow School #20 in a chess match relayed by Telex. The event was one of the first of its kind. A yearly exchange program with Moscow School #20 began in 1986, the first such regular American-Soviet school exchange in the country. Since 1984, the schools have been sister schools.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "2019 Best Private High Schools in America". Niche. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
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  8. ^ "Athletics- Teams". Retrieved 2014-07-15.
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  15. ^ Feder, Barnaby J. (2008-05-04). "Prepping Robots to Perform Surgery". The New York Times.
  16. ^ Bill Gates - Lakeside School, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2005
  17. ^ "Timeline: Bill Gates". NPR. 2008.
  18. ^ "hcvshort.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  19. ^ Maria Eitel, Huffington Post, 2013, retrieved 2013-05-11
  20. ^ Maria Eitel (speaker) (2013-05-09). 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award: Maria Solandros Eitel '80 (Vimeo). Seattle: Lakeside School.
  21. ^ "Meet Berkeley's Annie Leonard, new director of Greenpeace USA". The Mercury News. 2014-05-16. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  22. ^ "Seth Gordon '94: Revealing a one-off perspective - Lakeside School". Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  23. ^ Clifford, Catherine (2016-04-26). "This 29-Year-Old Entrepreneur Was Rejected by 35 Potential Employers. Now, He's the Co-Founder of a $1 Billion Startup. Here's How". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  24. ^ "Woodchuck Nation". The New York Times. 1997-11-16.
  25. ^ "Duncan Atwood, former javelin star for the University of..." UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  26. ^ Rolph, Amy (July 16, 2007). "Seattle's 'Hero' struts into rock stardom". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved July 23, 2010.
  27. ^ "Lakeside outfielder Corbin Carroll selected by Arizona Diamondbacks in first round of MLB draft". The Seattle Times. 2019-06-03. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  28. ^ "Spring 2019, It Takes a Village (Page 33)". Lakeside School. 2019-05-19. Retrieved 2020-08-10.

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Coordinates: 47°43′56″N 122°19′39″W / 47.73214°N 122.32753°W / 47.73214; -122.32753