Lake Washington School District jointly with the Lake Washington Education Association are releasing pertinent information and details related to secondary educational offerings for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.  

The District and Association have a shared agreement that secondary students need to be offered access to in-person experiences. Dr. Holmen stated, “We need to ensure that any secondary student who wants an in-person experience is afforded that opportunity.” He went on to say, “Our adolescent youth are experiencing this pandemic in many different ways. We need to be responsive to those needs and be creative in how we address the varying needs across our district.” 


Lake Washington School District jointly with Lake Washington Education Association are excited to release pertinent details for the second through fifth grades elementary learning model transition to in-person or continued remote learning services. We happily welcomed kindergarten and first grade on February 18. Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent stated, “We appreciate the partnership with all stakeholders to successfully transition our Kindergarten and First grade students to their new learning models. We are grateful to be able to provide both in-person and remote learning services for our students.” Dr. Holmen went on to say, “As a District we continue to be committed to the highest of health and safety standards for our students and staff.”

Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District (LWSD) 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 1-26 for a change to their school assignment for the 2021-22 school year for their student in grades K-12. This option is also known as an In-District Variance. 

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.



    Forty-eight LWSD students named National Merit Semifinalists

    The most ever for Lake Washington School District

    Redmond, Wash. – Forty-eight Lake Washington School District (LWSD) high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. That is the most ever for LWSD. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the semifinalists today. 

    Sixteen thousand high school seniors nationwide qualified. About 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to the Finalist level. More than half will win a National Merit Scholarship. These students will be able to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $30 million. 

    Students qualified for these awards by completing the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The semifinalists include the highest scoring students in each state. The semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.
    Lake Washington School District National Merit Semifinalists*:

    Eastlake High School

    • Amay S.Bansal (Sammamish)
    • Rahul Bhatt (Sammamish)
    • Daniel C. Dickman (Redmond)
    • Megan Z. Guo (Sammamish)
    • Eleanor R. Harris (Sammamish)
    • Emma R. Huang (Sammamish)
    • Rohan M. Krishnan (Sammamish)
    • Swathi Narayan (Redmond)
    • Nuha M. Qadir (Sammamish)
    • Bernice W. Tian (Sammamish)

    International Community School

    • Nishant Bhakar (Redmond)
    • Sravya V. Ganti (Redmond)
    • Madeleine E. Goertz (Kirkland)
    • Kathryn N. Kotler (Sammamish)
    • Ellen Ma (Redmond) 
    • Andrey Piterkin (Kirkland)
    • Helen Wu (Kirkland)

    Juanita High School:

    • Hong Zhou (Kirkland)

    Lake Washington High School

    • Galen L. Heuer (Kirkland) 
    • Ivan Shneerson (Redmond)

    Nikola Tesla STEM High School

    • Abhinav Diddee (Redmond)
    • Ananya Ganapathi (Sammamish)
    • Viraj Goyal (Redmond)
    • Daniel D. Han (Redmond)
    • Pinakin R. Kanade (Redmond)
    • Samarjit K. Kaushik (Redmond)
    • Rohith Leeladharan (Sammamish)
    • Henry Z. Liao (Sammamish)
    • Ankita A. Menon (Redmond)
    • Parum Misri (Redmond)
    • Archit A. Patankar (Redmond)
    • Aran Punniamoorthy (Redmond)
    • Deepayan Sanyal (Sammamish)
    • Deveshi Thakur (Sammamish)
    • Varun L. Wescott (Woodinville)
    • Jiachi Zhang (Sammamish)
    • Kevin Zhang (Sammamish)
    • Emily Zhao (Sammamish)

    Redmond High School: 

    • Isabelle Bodkhe (Redmond)
    • Kensho Y. Gendzwill (Redmond)
    • Kavya V. Karunakaran (Redmond)
    • James A. Linder (Redmond)
    • Oscar Lo (Redmond)
    • Rahul Mallela (Redmond)
    • Arnav Narula (Redmond)
    • Harsh Sharma (Redmond)
    • Amelie E. Sharples (Redmond)
    • Edward H. Zhang (Redmond)

    * Note: Photos available on request.


    About Lake WashingtonLake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the second largest district in the state of Washington, with over 31,100 students in 56 schools.