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, an organization dedicated to empowering people of all ages to practice and model core values.

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.



    Lake Washington School District Open Enrollment Is February 4-28, 2022

    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 4-28 for a change to their school assignment for the 2022-23 school year for their students in grades K-12. This option is also known as an In-District Variance.  
    LWSD In-District Variance Process 
    This open enrollment option only applies to LWSD schools that are designated as “open.” The list of schools that are open to students outside their neighborhood will be available on the district website on February 4. You can find the list of open and closed schools and the application for an in-district variance here.

    Schools are closed if current and projected enrollment shows that students who live within their attendance boundary will fill the school’s capacity. The completed request must be submitted to the student’s designated neighborhood school by February 28. Parents who live in the district will be notified of the result of their In-District Variance request as soon as possible after March 11. 

    Acceptance to schools that are open is based on space availability in a grade level band or specific program. The district will prioritize applicants starting with students with a concurrently enrolled sibling at the requested school. Should spaces remain, the next priority is given to students who have attended a school that feeds into the requested school. Should spaces remain, priority is given to remaining variance requests.
    LWSD Choice Transfer (Students outside LWSD)  
    At this time, Lake Washington School District is closed to choice transfers. However, LWSD employees who live outside of the LWSD boundary can apply for a Choice Transfer to have their child attend an LWSD school. Choice Transfer (out of district) requests may not be notified until later in the summer. Students from outside the district, who wish to attend an “open” LWSD school, can apply for enrollment by initiating a Choice Transfer (out-of-district) request with their resident school district. Please use our district website to find the application. If a school is open, students within the district will have priority for available spaces. Students from outside the district will be placed if space is available after the in-district students are accommodated. 


    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.