More than 4,100 distinguished students recognized nationwide

Redmond, Wash. – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this week that one additional Lake Washington School District (LWSD) student will receive a National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship:

Kevin Zhang, Nikola Tesla STEM High School - National Merit Purdue University Scholarship 

A group of freshman from Nikola Tesla STEM High School is helping kids with Cerebral Palsy move around a little easier. As part of their end of year project, this team partnered with a program by the name of Go Baby Go

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Dozens of LWSD students earned their way to the 2021 International Career Development Conference (ICDC), which was held virtually in late April and early May. Of that group, about 30 students competed as finalists and two students placed as high as third.



    Elementary Band and Orchestra

    Elementary band and orchestra


    Information for the 2021-22 School Year

    Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Lake Washington School District’s Elementary Band and Orchestra Program.

    Our District is currently planning for full-time in-person instruction for all students, and so our hope is that we will be able to offer in-person instruction for our elementary band and orchestra program. However, the instructional model for next year’s elementary instrumental program will be confirmed and/or adjusted following this summer’s release of the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) updated guidelines for school districts.

    Important dates

    • September 13, 2021: Online registration opens for fourth and fifth grade students
    • Week of September 13, 2021: Informational meetings for families. See your Elementary Band or Orchestra Program school site for details.
    • Week of September 20, 2021: Elementary band and orchestra instruction begins.

    About the program

    Participation in next school year’s Elementary Band and Orchestra Program will be open to all fourth and fifth graders in the Lake Washington School District.

    For the 2021-22 school year, we plan to offer the following programs:

    • Beginning Band for fourth and fifth grade band students who have no previous experience playing their chosen instrument.
    • Beginning Strings for fourth and fifth grade orchestra students who have no previous experience playing their chosen instrument.
    • Experienced Band for fourth and fifth grade band students who are experienced playing their chosen instrument.
    • Experienced Strings for fourth and fifth grade orchestra students who are experienced playing their chosen instrument.

    LWSD music program overview and mission statement

    Locations & information

    Each school has an assigned location for elementary orchestra and band. Locations are based on the school the student attends, including full-time Quest sites. (Location-specific information will be updated in September 2021.)


    Please note that families are responsible for transportation to the band or orchestra site school. Bus transportation will be provided from the elementary band or orchestra site school to the elementary school students attend.

    Elementary Band and Orchestra is not held on non-school days, including late starts or emergency closures.


    There is no fee to participate in LWSD’s elementary band or orchestra, however students will need to provide their own instrument. The main cost will be renting an instrument.

    For families where cost might be a barrier to participation, program sites have a limited amount of instruments available for rent. Families that qualify for free/reduced meals are given first priority. Please contact the band or orchestra coordinator at your student’s assigned site if you have any questions regarding instrument rentals.

    Register for Elementary Band and Orchestra

    Registration opens on September 13, 2021.

    See and hear band and orchestra instruments

    Learn about elementary instrumental music

    Contact information

    Please see your Elementary Band or Orchestra school site/flyer for contact information (see Locations & Information for links).