Redmond, Wash. – At a live event on the evening of Wednesday, January 6, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, announced Pathway Forward, LWSD’s plan to return students to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

Katya Rukhlinskaia

An International Community School student is the 2019-20 winner of the sixth annual Washington State Zine Contest. Katya Rukhlinskaia, who is now in eighth grade, won for grades 7-9 for her “Tribes: The Cowlitz” zine entry.



    Programs and Services

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    Academic Support

    Programs and services are available to ensure academic success for every student, including assistance for gaining English language proficiency, services for Native American students, and services to reduce the effects of poverty on student learning.

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    College and Career Readiness

    College and Career Readiness provides opportunities for every student to access rigorous and relevant career-connected learning that prepares students for post-secondary success and access to high-skill and in-demand jobs.

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    English Language Learner

    The English Language Learner (ELL) program helps students to become more proficient in using the English language. ELL classrooms in LWSD honor and respect the many cultures that gather there each day.

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    Homeless Services

    Resources are available to support homeless youth. View a list of services available to students and their families, as well as contact information.



    Lake Washington preschool focuses on providing children and families with a successful first school experience. Families with a four-year-old child living within the LWSD boundaries of are eligible to apply for the preschool program.

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    Student Services

    Learn about programs and services that support student academic success, safety and social-emotional well-being. View information about efforts to prevent harassment, intimidation and bullying.

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    LWSD provides technology to enable teaching and learning. View information about technology in the classroom and Mobile Access for Students. Find the student laptop handbook, laptop tips and the Parents' Guide to Technology.

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    Accelerated Programs

    Accelerated academic programs are available to students in grades kindergarten through 12. These programs are designed to meet the learning styles and needs of students with superior intellectual, academic and creative abilities.

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    Read recent student, staff and district news. View general district information, such as the number of schools in LWSD and student enrollment data, as well as publications from the district, including the Connections newsletter and our annual report.

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    Facilities Management

    LWSD is Building on Success. View status updates on the 2016 Bond Projects. Learn about the district's current and past construction and modernization projects. Also, view the Six-year Capital Facilities Plan.

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    Human Resources

    View employee group agreements and the LWSD Affirmative Action Plan. Find links to personnel policies and other helpful resources.

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    Keeping students safe is a critical responsibility. The district and schools plan and practice safety and emergency preparation. These efforts involve staff, students and parents, as well as local fire and law enforcement departments.

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    Summer Programs

    Information about summer programs in Lake Washington School District is updated each April. Find course catalogs and registration information for elementary, middle and high school students.

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    Learn which neighborhood school your children will attend and view bus stop information, including a link for bad weather bus information. Also, view suggested walk and bike routes for each school.

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    Business Services

    Learn about doing business with Lake Washington School District. View the district budget and financial reports, as well as information about how tax dollars are used in public school districts, bidding opportunities, district building use and more.

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    Curriculum & Instruction

    View the current curriculum for elementary and secondary students, as well as information on the curriculum adoption process. Learn about the standards on which all teaching in LWSD is based, the assessment framework in the district and more.

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    Health Services

    View information about allergies, immunizations, medication at school, school nurses, tips for staying well, how to know if your student is too sick for school and other health resources.

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    Native American Education

    The Eastside Native American Education Program assists Native American, Alaskan Native and American Indian students in grades K-12.

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    Special Services

    View information about Special Education, 504 and Health Services. Learn how the district provides students with disabilities or health-related challenges the tools and resources to benefit from their educational program.

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    LWSD has a long-standing commitment to sustainability. Lake Washington is a recognized leader in sustainability practices and education in the region. The district won a 2015 McKinstry Champions of Sustainability award.