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.



    Strategic Plan 2019-23

    Strategic Plan



    Our Mission

    Each student will graduate prepared to lead a rewarding and responsible life as a contributing member of our community and greater society.

    Our Vision

    Every Student Future Ready:

    • Prepared for College
    • Prepared for the Global Workplace
    • Prepared for Personal Success

    Our Values

    From the Boardroom to the classroom, Lake Washington School District is committed to the values that shape our culture.


    To prepare our students we believe that all students must have opportunities to learn a rich curriculum in inclusive classrooms.


    To continue growing as an organization, everyone must have  access to learning opportunities that encourage ongoing growth and development.


    To engage our community, our district must be focused on strong partnerships, outstanding service, and clear communication.


    To be the best school district in the world, we are committed to high quality implementation of practices that produce positive change and sustainable transformation.

    Elevate Priorities

    The strategic priorities are the outcomes of a collaborative process with staff, students, and the community. We elevate everyone and everything in Lake Washington as we focus on:

    • Success - We set high expectations and provide support to help students and staff grow every year.
    • Well-Being - We create safe, welcoming, and inclusive places to learn for students and staff.
    • Engagement - We engage students, families, and community partners to improve student outcomes and build trust.
    • Excellence - We ensure organizational responsibility through the effective use of resources and systems that align with district values and strategic priorities.
    • Innovation - We encourage new ideas that embrace creativity and reimagine teaching and learning.
    • Equity - We increase equitable outcomes by addressing barriers to engagement and success.

    Our Goals

    Academic Success

    Academic Success

    We believe that every student can learn and achieve at high levels and it is our responsibility to help each student learn, grow, and be challenged.



    • Culturally Responsive Teaching
    • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support - Academics (MTSS-A)
    • Career, Technical, and College Pathways
    • Integrated Instructional Technology
    • Inclusive Early Learning
    • Innovative Learning Opportunities



    We believe that all students must be safe and feel a sense of belonging if they are to succeed.




    • Multi-Tiered System of Support - Behavioral, Social and Emotional Support (MTSS-B)
    • School Equity Teams
    • Security and Emergency Preparedness
    • Cyber-Security
    • Activities and Athletics

    Community Engagement

    Community Engagement

    We believe that strong communities build strong schools, and strong schools build strong communities.



    • District Equity Team
    • Culturally Responsive Family Engagement
    • Strategic Partnerships
    • Family and Community Feedback Processes

    Excellent Staff

    Excellent Staff

    We believe that each employee in our district plays a vital role in contributing to the success of our students.



    • Workforce Diversity
    • Recruitment and Retention
    • Professional Learning

    Effective Use of Resources

    Effective Use of Resources

    We believe that using our resources responsibly and strategically will result in success for our students.



    • Facilities and Technology Systems
    • Transportation Systems
    • Responsibility