When schools closed in March, the traditional end-of-year band concerts that showcase a year’s worth of practice and progress were effectively canceled. Rose Hill Middle School (RHMS) Band Instructor, Angela Laulainen got creative during the remote learning period and had her students record their parts at home.



    Curriculum Review and Adoption

    Determining which curriculum will be taught to our students includes an adoption process whereby:

    • An adoption committee consisting of a diverse group of parents, community members, administrators and teachers with subject matter expertise is formed
    • Standards are reviewed by the adoption committee
    • Screening criteria are created by the adoption committee
    • Curriculum materials are reviewed by the adoption committee
    • A recommendation for curriculum materials is made by the adoption committee
    • A public review of the adoption committee's recommendation is conducted
    • The Instructional Materials Committee reviews the materials recommended by the adoption committee and makes a recommendation to the Board
    • The Lake Washington School District Board takes action on the recommendation

    The adoption process is on a timeline. Curriculum by subject-area is reviewed every 8-10 years. Updates from the curriculum adoption committees are below.

    The current list of adopted curriculum is revised yearly: Elementary | Secondary

    Instructional Materials Committee (IMC)

    The Instructional Materials Committee recommends instructional materials to the board of directors, which must vote to adopt specific curriculum for the district.

    The list of materials to be reviewed at IMC meetings is posted here. If you have questions, comments or wish to appeal any of the materials, contact the Curriculum Office at 425-936-1327.

    2020-21 IMC Meetings

    • October 1, 2020
    • November 5, 2020
    • December 3, 2020
    • January 7, 2021
    • February 4, 2021
    • March 4, 2021
    • April 1, 2021
    • May 6, 2021
    • June 3, 2021

    2019-20 Curriculum Review and Adoption

    Each year, Lake Washington School District forms committees to review curriculum and make recommendations for curriculum materials. The district’s goal is to provide the most up-to-date, research-based, and appropriate materials for children. Teams composed of people with teaching and subject-matter expertise help meet this goal. It is also important to have diverse perspectives and experiences represented. In addition to having teachers and administrators on our committees, parents and community members are included.

    6-12 English Language Arts
    A 6-12 English Language Arts (ELA) Committee composed of middle and high school teachers, administrators, parent/community members, and department specialists convened for a second year to learn more about current effective practices and 21st century skills that support high levels of student learning in the Common Core State Standards for 6-12 English Language Arts. The Committee will develop screening tools to review and make recommendations for piloting curriculum materials in order to recommend a new curriculum for adoption.

    6-12 ELA Curriculum Adoption Committee Members

    6-8 Middle School Social Emotional Learning
    Administrators, school counselors, and teachers will be examining OSPI Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks, current research on effective practice in schools for instruction, and alignment of the OSPI SEL Benchmarks. 

    The committee will pilot materials and develop screening tools for review of the materials in order to recommend a new curriculum for adoption.

    Previous Curriculum Review and Adoption Committees