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Choice Schools
Various K-12 schooling options for different learning styles, interests, and needs

There are 13 elementary and secondary choice schools and / or programs in Lake Washington School District. Choice schools and programs are often housed within an existing school or on the same campus as another school.

Learn more about each of the choice schools and programs:

Choice School / Program Information Website
​Cambridge Program (Grades 9-12) Quick Facts Cambridge

Community School (Grades 1-5)

Quick Facts Community

Discovery Community School (K-5)

Quick Facts Discovery
​Emerson High (9-12) Quick Facts Emerson High
​Emerson K-12 (K-12) Quick Facts Emerson K-12

Environmental and Adventure School (6-8)

Quick Facts


Explorer Community School (1-5)

​Futures School (9-12) Quick Facts Futures
​International Community School (6-12) Quick Facts ICS
Northstar Middle School (6-8) Quick Facts Northstar

Renaissance School of Art & Reasoning (6-8)

Quick Facts Renaissance
Stella Schola (6-8) Quick Facts Stella Schola
Tesla STEM High School (9-12) Quick Facts Tesla STEM

Explanation of Choice Schools and Programs
Choice schools and programs 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 and programs 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 and programs 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 or program.

Enrollment and Lottery Process
Choice schools and programs are open to all students in the district. Students must apply to be considered for enrollment in the school or program: the schools are small by design, so there are enrollment limits.

The application period for the 2015-16 school year has closed. The Application Timeline for the 2016-17 school year will be posted here when it becomes available.

More information is available on each school's website.

Choice School Applications

This common application is used for application to most district choice schools. One application must be filled out for each school a student is applying to.

The application period for the 2015-16 school year is over. Choice school applications will be posted here when they are available for the 2016-17 school year.

Note: Emerson K-12, Emerson High School and Futures School use their own applications. Please contact those schools for application information.

A lottery and / or wait list system is used to place students when applications exceed vacancies. Choice school and program 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 or program you are interested in, visit its website or contact the school directly for more information about the application process.

For information on eligibility, the application process, lottery process, and more, parents may review the complete choice school policies and procedures.

Transportation for Choice Schools and Programs
Parents / guardians of students who attend choice schools or programs must arrange their own transportation. In some cases, the district offers bus transportation. Contact the choice school or program you are interested in attending for more information.

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