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More than 4,100 distinguished students recognized nationwide

Redmond, Wash. – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this week that one additional Lake Washington School District (LWSD) student will receive a National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship:

Kevin Zhang, Nikola Tesla STEM High School - National Merit Purdue University Scholarship 

A group of freshman from Nikola Tesla STEM High School is helping kids with Cerebral Palsy move around a little easier. As part of their end of year project, this team partnered with a program by the name of Go Baby Go

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Dozens of LWSD students earned their way to the 2021 International Career Development Conference (ICDC), which was held virtually in late April and early May. Of that group, about 30 students competed as finalists and two students placed as high as third.

LWHS Science Labs

Why is slime stretchy? How do chickens flap their wings? 

With these questions in mind, two science classes at Lake Washington High School celebrated the last week of school by setting up lab experiments. The labs also gave students a chance to use the new equipment in two of the school’s 20 new classrooms.

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    District Attendance Area Transfers

    File: 3131

    The superintendent shall recommend attendance area configurations to the Board of Directors. Such configurations shall include but not be limited to a socio-economic impact statement relating to the area under consideration. Attendance variances may be approved by the superintendent or designee. 

    Variances in Attendance 

    1. Open Enrollment  
      Schools will be designated as opened or closed based on space available prior to the Open Enrollment period. Open schools may have limited space available. Variances are accepted on a space available basis. 

      Each spring during the pre-determined Open Enrollment period in February, families may apply for a variance request to a different school. Applications for enrollment in a school other than the student's neighborhood school may not be refused except when the school requested has reached its enrollment capacity for the entire school, individual grade level, or classroom. Applications made during the Open Enrollment period will be given first consideration. Applications made after the Open Enrollment period will still be considered; priority for such applications shall follow those made during Open Enrollment. 
       
    2. Priority order of variance approval 
      The district has a priority process for accepting variances when an open school / grade level receives more requests than the specific number of available spaces at that school. First priority is given to students with a concurrently enrolled sibling at the requested school. Should requests exceed spaces available, a lottery will be conducted. Should space remain, next priority is given to students who have attended a school which feeds into the requested school (i.e. split-feeder; district program; previously-approved variance). Should requests exceed places available, a lottery will be conducted. Should spaces remain, next priority is given to remaining variance requests. Should requests that remain exceed spaces available, a lottery will be conducted. 

      No variances will be accepted for the following school year prior to the Open Enrollment period, which begins February 1.
       
    3. Staff residing outside of the district attendance boundary 
      In accordance with RCW 28A.225.270, a district shall permit the children of full-time certificated and classified school employees to enroll at: 
      1. The school to which the employee is assigned; 
      2. A school forming the district's K through 12 continuum which includes the school to which the employee is assigned; or 
      3. A school in the district that provides early intervention services pursuant to RCW 28A.155.065 or preschool services pursuant to RCW 28A.155.070, if the student is eligible for such services.
      Staff residing within the district attendance boundary shall also be permitted to avail themselves to this provision.
       
    4. Closed school reconsideration 
      A family may appeal a denial of a variance. Special consideration will be given if a sibling would concurrently attend the requested school. 

      In all cases where a variance is approved, transportation to and from school becomes the responsibility of the parent or guardian. All requests for variances must have the approval of the parent or guardian. 

     

    Adopted:
    09/01/19

    LEGAL REFS.:
    RCW 28A.225.225  
    RCW 28A.225.270  
    RCW 28A.225.290  
    RCW 28A.225.300  

    CROSS REF.: