Lake Washington School District jointly with the Lake Washington Education Association are releasing pertinent information and details related to secondary educational offerings for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.  

The District and Association have a shared agreement that secondary students need to be offered access to in-person experiences. Dr. Holmen stated, “We need to ensure that any secondary student who wants an in-person experience is afforded that opportunity.” He went on to say, “Our adolescent youth are experiencing this pandemic in many different ways. We need to be responsive to those needs and be creative in how we address the varying needs across our district.” 


Lake Washington School District jointly with Lake Washington Education Association are excited to release pertinent details for the second through fifth grades elementary learning model transition to in-person or continued remote learning services. We happily welcomed kindergarten and first grade on February 18. Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent stated, “We appreciate the partnership with all stakeholders to successfully transition our Kindergarten and First grade students to their new learning models. We are grateful to be able to provide both in-person and remote learning services for our students.” Dr. Holmen went on to say, “As a District we continue to be committed to the highest of health and safety standards for our students and staff.”

Scholastic Art & Writing Award logo

Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students have always excelled in art and writing, and this year is no different. Thirty-five LWSD students were recognized during this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Between all the LWSD schools that participated, students earned 10 gold keys, 19 silver keys and 33 honorable mentions.




    Construction crew working on the roof at Audubon Elementary School

    The district’s growing enrollment is evidence that LWSD attracts families to the area it serves in Kirkland, Redmond and Sammamish, Washington. To serve that growing enrollment, the district is “Building on Success.” That’s the district’s long-term plan to continue to build schools and to provide quality learning environments and experiences.

    Current Construction: 2019 Capital Projects Levy

    In April 2019, voters approved a capital projects levy that provides:

    • Classroom space for 1,052 students by providing additions at five schools for a total of 44 new classrooms.
    • Expansion of commons and auxiliary gym space at Lake Washington High School (LWHS) and expansion of core facilities at the identified elementary schools where feasible.
    • Student safety and security enhancements including exterior security cameras at all elementary schools and remodeled entryways at Redmond, Eastlake and Lake Washington High Schools to implement entry control systems.

    Current and Completed Construction: 2016 Bond Projects

    In April 2016, voters passed a bond measure to fund eight projects that will provide space for 3,000 additional students.

    2011 Capital Projects

    The 2011 capital projects levy added space for 1,100 high school students when the district went to four-year high schools in the fall of 2012. The district added classrooms and auxiliary spaces at two high schools and built one new choice high school. 

    2006 Bond Projects

    Thank you, voters! Students in your community are learning in safer, more efficient schools. Our community’s overwhelming support of the school district’s 2006 Phase 2 modernization bond provided safe and innovative learning environments to students at 10 aging schools and one new school. The schools were built to strict specifications for education, health, safety and efficiency. 

    1998 Bond Projects

    Our community’s overwhelming support of the school district’s 1998 Phase 1 modernization bond provided safe and innovative learning environments to students at 11 aging schools. The schools were built to strict specifications for education, health, safety and efficiency.

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    Current Construction Projects

    2019 Levy Projects
    2016 Bond Projects Construction Projects Star Chart

    How construction is funded

    The state does not provide funding for construction of new schools to accommodate student growth and provides limited funding for rebuilding aging facilities. Local districts are responsible for raising their own money and must use two primary sources for funding construction: Bonds and/or Capital Projects Levies.

    Due to rapid enrollment growth Lake Washington School District has run a number of ballot measures since 2010 in an effort to reduce overcrowding and address aging facilities.

    Learn more about past ballot measures here

    2018 Capital Projects Levy

    Learn more about facilities and technology projects funded through the Capital Projects Levies.