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LWHS world class learning environment new additions video

Thanks to the 2019 Capital Construction Levy, Lake Washington High School has completed projects to add more space for students in class, in the new auxiliary gym and while they are in the commons area. 

The new North Wing on campus added 20 new “world class” classrooms and shared space. The new classrooms were built with a focus on math, science, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes.

For Juanita High School students, school has become a “home away from home.” For five days a week, they eat, learn and play in facilities designed with the goal of graduating future-ready young adults. The new school was completed in fall 2020 and was funded by the voter-approved 2016 bond measure.

Welcome back! 20 more permanent classrooms open at elementary schools

Teachers at three elementary schools had the chance to welcome students to new elementary additions this fall. As growth continues, permanent classroom additions at Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Rose Hill Elementary and Mark Twain Elementary make efficient use of the existing school grounds to create more classroom space.

JHS new fields

Athletes at Juanita High School will have upgraded fields to practice on when they return to school this fall for soccer, football and slowpitch softball. Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the baseball and multipurpose fields.

Elementary classroom additions helping to reduce overcrowding

Three elementary classroom additions will be ready for students on the first day of school. The additions at Benjamin Franklin, Rose Hill and Mark Twain elementary schools will provide an additional 20 permanent classrooms to address the district’s growing enrollment.

In April 2019, voters approved a capital construction levy that is providing $120 million in funding, collected over six years. These funds, combined with state construction assistance funds, will provide a total of $144 million. As of March 2021, $73 million has been spent on these levy projects:

Twain Elementary 2021 update

Workers are in the process of installing the wood floor at the new auxiliary gymnasium at Lake Washington High School. Sprinkler and electrical installation have begun and interior painting is underway. The school will be able to start using the gym for physical education classes and other athletic needs in the fall.

Twain Elementary 2021 update

A new covered play area and library will greet students when they arrive for the first day of school in the fall at Mark Twain Elementary. Relocating the library and play area allowed designers to make room for an additional four permanent classrooms at the school, which will also open this fall. Workers have begun to install casework in the classrooms and ceiling tile installation is nearly complete.

Rose Hill Elementary June 2021 update

Installation of operable windows at the Rose Hill Elementary addition will begin soon. The windows allow teachers to open the window to bring fresh air into the classroom. Both floors in the addition will also have restrooms near the original building. The black-and-white stripe from the original building continues around the addition, representing the school’s raccoon mascot. The school will have eight additional permanent classrooms when school begins in the fall.

Ben Franklin Elementary June 2021 update

At Benjamin Franklin Elementary, classrooms are beginning to come together with casework installation and ceiling tiles. Shared learning areas in each pod are within sight of classrooms, and windows let in natural light as well as a view of the mature evergreen trees nearby. Lighting installation will start soon in the eight-classroom addition. 

EHS Entry Control System

Visitors at Eastlake High School (EHS) and other LWSD high schools will now enter directly into the main office, thanks to funding from the 2019 capital construction levy. Construction at EHS was completed in April. The modifications improved safety and security by incorporating the entry control system found at other LWSD schools.

girl smiling and holding wires

During a recent lab in Greg Shelton’s material science class at Juanita High School, students turned borax and wires into glass using fire. One student admired the resulting designs and colors of the glass balls at the end of the copper and nichrome wires.

JHS Phase 2, which marked the completion of the rebuild and enlarge project, opened in Fall 2020. Phase 2 includes Career and ...

WA State Dept of Commerce

Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is receiving $127,531 from the Washington State Department of Commerce. The grant funds will help replace HVAC controls at five elementary schools, retrofit athletic field lighting at LWSD’s four comprehensive high schools and install heat pumps at the LWSD Support Services Center.
The Department of Commerce announced the grants on May 20, 2021 as part of $4 million in awards to make

exterior and interior classroom

Painting has begun inside the eight-classroom addition at Rose Hill Elementary. Finishing touches on the roof include soffit and fascia cladding to help protect the building from wet weather and installation of gutters and downspouts.
Exterior siding is complete and most of the work is now happening inside of the building. Sliding doors are being installed that will connect classrooms to shared instructional areas and the installation of casework is scheduled to begin soon.
The addition is scheduled to open in September.

library and classroom

Door-frame installation and interior painting has begun in the four-classroom addition at Mark Twain Elementary School. Cabinets and other interior finishes have begun to arrive.
At the relocated library, drywall is nearly complete and painting is underway. Installation of windows and siding began this month. The relocated covered-play area is in place and will continue to receive finishing details this spring.
The addition is scheduled to open in September.

new tennis courts and fields

At Juanita High School, the softball, baseball, and multipurpose fields are being upgraded to a new synthetic turf surface. The underground stormwater detention system is complete and the softball field is beginning to take shape as fencing and curb installation is underway for all fields. Track and Field participants in the discus, shotput and javelin will also have new throwing cages and landing areas south of the stadium.

The new tennis courts west of the Fieldhouse are ready for competition this spring. The full project...