One of just 50 schools across the country with this distinction
Redmond, Wash. – Ella Baker Elementary in Redmond has been recognized as a National School of Character. This is the first time a school from Washington state has been recognized with this award. The recognition comes from Character.org, an organization dedicated to empowering people of all ages to practice and model core values.
Redmond, Wash. – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced today that five Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students will receive National Merit $2500 Scholarships. Forty-eight students were selected statewide for these awards.
Redmond, Wash. - Lake Washington School District (LWSD) will be expanding our current in-district and out-of-district variance opportunities for elementary families. After examining our enrollment data, we have decided to expand our current openings for the 2022-2023 school year for both in-district and out-of-district transfers.
Redmond, Wash. – Every ten years, after each U.S. Census is completed, school districts must review the boundaries of their board of director districts to ensure equitable geographic representation. Lake Washington School District is divided into five geographic regions or districts, one for each board seat. Candidates for school board must run for the seat of the director district they live in.
Ella Baker Elementary and Clara Barton Elementary named State Schools of Character
First and only schools in Washington state to receive award
Redmond, Wash. – Ella Baker Elementary and Clara Barton Elementary have been named State Schools of Character by Character.org. They are the only two schools in Washington state to receive this award, and are among 67 schools nationwide to be recognized. They are also the first to receive this recognition in Washington state.
“This is a huge honor for our school teams,” noted Kim Bilanko, Principal, Ella Baker Elementary and Karen Barker, Principal, Clara Barton Elementary. “Along with the recognition, our school teams receive evaluative feedback, strengths and areas for growth. and are able to collaborate with Character.org consultants for support. We are thrilled to be able to continue on our journey developing our character initiatives.”
“Congratulations to both Ella Baker Elementary and Clara Barton Elementary for receiving this recognition,” said Dr. Jon Holmen, Lake Washington School District Superintendent. “Principal Barker and Principal Bilanko opened their schools with a commitment to addressing character and the social and emotional well-being of students. Their schools continue to be models for addressing all aspects of student needs.”
Watch this video to learn more about how Ella Baker Elementary and Clara Barton Elementary achieved this recognition: https://youtu.be/NRmyO9hnkAQ.
Each year, Character.org certifies schools and districts at the state level that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development which has a positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate. Recognized schools and districts will be considered for Character.org’s highest distinction - National School of Character.
State review teams evaluate applications based on the standards found in the 11 Principles Framework. Schools receive a score-sheet with comments citing strengths, areas of growth, and potential Promising Practices. Character.org announces the schools and districts that have met the criteria for state certification at the end of January. State certification is valid for five years. Schools and districts that achieve state certification are invited to participate in the national review that same year using the same application.
About Lake Washington: Lake 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 30,500 students in 57 schools.
About Character.org: Character.org is a worldwide network that empowers people of all ages to practice and model the ethical core values that shape our hearts, minds and choices. Formerly known as the Character Education Partnership, the organization has relentlessly advocated for character since 1993. Today, Character.org creates and shares resources that support people around the globe, including the 11 Principles Framework for Schools: A Guide to Cultivating a Culture of Character. The organization’s vision is to be the global leader and voice for developing character in families, schools, and organizations.