There are 11 elementary and secondary choice schools in Lake Washington School District. Choice schools are often housed within an existing school or on the same campus as another school.
Learn more about each of the choice schools:
Explanation of a Choice School
Choice schools are optional schooling alternatives, created to meet specific needs and interests. They are designed to be smaller and use innovative approaches to education that are different from traditional public schools. Choice schools focus on educational formats such as:
- hands-on and project-based learning
- multi-age classes
- integrated curriculum
- theme-based learning, using the contexts of the arts, sciences, exploration, etc.
- home-schooling partnerships
- vocational programs
- graduation support
Choice schools are community and staff initiated schools that operate within Lake Washington School District. A set of guiding principles
directs the process of planning and managing a choice school.
Enrollment and Lottery Process
Choice schools are open to all students in the district. Students must apply to be considered for enrollment in the school. Each choice school has its own application and enrollment process. These schools are small by design, so there are enrollment limits.
A lottery and / or wait list system is used to place students when applications exceed vacancies. Choice school lotteries are run centrally at the district office. Schools compile and submit completed lists of student applicants to the central office, and lottery numbers are generated for each school through the use of a random sequence generator. Lottery numbers are then communicated to each school. Parents receive notification of their student's lottery number from the school(s) to which they applied.
For the Choice School you are interested in, visit their website or contact the school directly for more information about that school's application process.
For more information on eligibility, the application process, lottery process, and more, parents may review the complete choice school policies and procedures.
Choice School Transportation
Parents/guardians of students who attend choice schools must arrange their own transportation. In some cases, the district offers bus transportation. Contact the choice school you are interested in for more information.