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For the fifth year in a row, the College Board named Lake Washington School District (LWSD) to its Annual AP District Honor Roll. LWSD is one of only 373 public school districts in the United States and Canada and one of four in Washington state to be honored. Lake Washington is one of two districts in the state to be a multi-year recipient of the AP Honor Roll Award.

At its December 3 meeting, Lake Washington School District’s (LWSD) Board of Directors passed Resolution No. 2259 to place a Capital Projects Levy on the April 23, 2019 ballot. This measure, if passed, authorizes a six-year levy totaling $120 million or an average of $20 million per year for six years. 

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    Parent Voice Influences District Planning

    One of the district’s goals is community engagement. Last spring, we asked parents questions about district programs and initiatives. That information was used in the district’s budgeting and strategic planning processes. Parent survey responses made a difference. Here are just a few examples of specific actions taken to respond to last year’s survey results.

    What we learned:

    Parents wanted to see additional summer course offerings, including programs that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), performing arts and high school math acceleration.

    What we did:

    Starting in Summer 2018, the district will offer expanded summer course offerings, including STEM, performing arts and high school math acceleration courses.

    What we learned:
    Parents indicated that information about how to address chronic absenteeism and information about changes to attendance policies and procedures would be most beneficial.

    What we did:
    Additional information has been added to the district website. This information includes district policy, strategies to support students, an "Answers to Frequently Asked Questions" document, and videos supporting regular attendance. Schools included information about regular attendance in school newsletters and the district promoted Attendance Awareness month in September to kick off the school year.

    What we learned:

    Parents indicated interest in accessing the district website on mobile phones and tablets.

    What we did:

    The district launched a new website in July 2017. The website is designed for easy viewing on mobile devices. In addition, the district changed to a mobile-friendly design for the district parent newsletter, Connections. It also provided a mobile-friendly template for school newsletters, which is now being used by many schools throughout the district.

    What we learned:
    Parents are interested in a dual-language choice program.

    What we did:

    New elementary Spanish, dual-language, choice programs are being developed to open in the Redmond Learning Community. The programs will begin with kindergarten in the 2018-19 school year. An additional grade level will be added to the programs each year.


    Thank you to all parents who took last year’s survey. Your feedback is very important to us. This year’s survey is open through April 30.