All Lake Washington School District students have the right to public education. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Plyler vs. Doe (457 U.S. 202 (1982)) that undocumented children and young adults have the same right to attend public primary and secondary schools as do U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Lake Washington does not ask for or collect immigration status information.



Choice Schools

Students at EAS dressed in orange for Unity Day

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 are often housed within an existing school or on the same campus as another school.

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.

Application Timeline for 2018-19

  • December 11, 2017 Online application became available on this date
  • January 19, 2018 Online applications due by 4:00 p.m.
  • January 31, 2018 Lottery held at district
  • February 5, 2018 Notification to families
  • February 21, 2018 – Acceptance deadline

More information is available on each school's website and in the videos below.

Choice Schools

Cambridge Program

Grades 9-12

Community School

Grades 1-5

Emerson High School

Grades 9-12
Not lottery based.

Emerson K-12

Grades K-12
Not lottery based.

Futures School

Grades 9-12
Not lottery based.

Stella Schola

Grades 6-8


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.

Choice School Applications

A single online application will allow applicants to apply for the school(s) they are considering (Note: Emerson K-12, Emerson High School, and Futures School use their own applications. Please contact those schools for application information.)

After completing the online application, the applicant will receive a confirmation email from the system indicating that the application has been received. Incomplete applications will not be processed as part of the lottery. If you are unable to access the online application, there are three options available:

  1. The LWSD Resource Center has computers available for public use during regular business hours.
  2. The public library has computers available for public use.
  3. If the above options are not available or accessible, the parent may contact Janette Cimburek at the resource center at 425-936-1316 or

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. 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 more information about the choice school or program you are interested in, visit the school's website. Additionally, most choice schools or programs hold an information night that provides a greater level of detail about the school, its program, and the unique features a student and family can expect at that particular school or program. Annually, the district publishes information about the middle school options and high school options. This can also help to inform students and families about the features of a choice school or program.

For information on eligibility, the application process, lottery process, and more, parents may review the district administrative policy and procedure.