Lake Washington School District holds an open enrollment period once each year for parents who want their children to attend a school other than their neighborhood school. Parents may apply between February 1-28 for a change to the school assignment for the 2019-20 school year for their student in grades 1-12.
Lake Washington Schools Open Enrollment Is February 1-28, 2019
Most schools closed to students residing outside their area
Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District holds an open enrollment period once each year for parents who want their children to attend a school other than their neighborhood school. Parents may apply between February 1-28 for a change to the school assignment for the 2019-20 school year for their student in grades 1-12. This option is also known as an In-District Variance.
This open enrollment option only applies to neighborhood schools that have space available. The list of schools that are closed to students outside their neighborhood will be available on the district website on January 31 at: http://www.lwsd.org/students-families/registration/transfer-options/in-district-variance-options. Schools are closed if current and projected enrollment shows that students who live within their attendance boundary will fill the school’s capacity. District enrollment has increased rapidly over the last seven years. It is likely that very few schools will be on the list of open schools.
For kindergarten students, parents may request the In-District Variance at the time of registration. Kindergarten registration begins Thursday, February 7, from 1–7 p.m. at the schools. Learn more about Kindergarten registration here.
In-District Variance forms can be picked up at any school during the open enrollment period. The completed request must be submitted to the student’s home school.
No priority is given based on the date the application/requests are received, provided the application is received during the open enrollment period.
Acceptance is based on space available in a school, grade or program as well as a District priority process. First priority is given to students with a concurrently enrolled sibling at the requested school. Should spaces 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 spaces remain, next priority is given to remaining variance requests. Students from outside the district who wish to attend Lake Washington’s schools can apply for enrollment at any time by initiating a Choice Transfer request with their home school district. Please refer to our district website for schools that are listed as closed for transfers. Students within the district have priority for available spaces. Students from outside the district will be placed after the in-district students are accommodated, if space is available.
Parents who live in the district will be notified of the result of their In-District Variance request as soon as possible. Kindergarten and Choice Transfer (out of district) requests may not be notified until later in the summer.
Questions? Contact us at 425-936-1283.
About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the third largest district in the state of Washington, with nearly 30,000 students in 54 schools.