Redmond, Wash. – At a live event on the evening of Wednesday, January 6, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, announced Pathway Forward, LWSD’s plan to return students to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

Katya Rukhlinskaia

An International Community School student is the 2019-20 winner of the sixth annual Washington State Zine Contest. Katya Rukhlinskaia, who is now in eighth grade, won for grades 7-9 for her “Tribes: The Cowlitz” zine entry.



    Lake Washington High School addition

    Block 7: Occupancy


    Lake Wasington High School Classroom Addition


    Project Updates

    Building on Success: Year in Review 2020

    School openings looked a little different in 2020. Grand Opening celebrations with students have been postponed, but Lake Washington School District staff and students with special needs are enjoying their new spaces for teaching and learning. Enjoy these images from our new schools and construction projects.

    concrete at LWHS auxiliary gym

    Construction began this fall on the LWHS auxiliary gymnasium as part of the school’s core expansion to accommodate our growing student population. The auxiliary gym will allow the school to offer more PE classes, provide more spaces for sports teams to practice and hold games, and will provide additional recreation space for our community.

    Program Revenues and Program Expenditures

    The district completed a Limited General Obligation bond sale in May 2020 for $75 million in order to front-fund the these critical capacity projects. Bonds will be paid back with the levy proceeds that are collected over the next six years. Program spending picked up over the summer as the LWHS addition was completed; elementary exterior cameras were installed; and elementary additions and entry control projects began. Of the total planned expenditures of $144 million, $33 million has been spent.

    exterior, science classroom, shared space

    Teachers with new classrooms in the Lake Washington High School addition spent time in August unpacking boxes and preparing their classrooms. Students at Lake Washington High School had a chance to see inside the new wing and meet some of their teachers during textbook and supply pickup. The new 20-classroom addition includes...

    Looking up at second floor commons

    When students return to Lake Washington High School, they will notice a brand new space as they climb the main staircase. A second floor above the main level of the commons will provide expanded seating for students during lunchtime. The new space, which was constructed during the summer, gives students a bird’s-eye view toward the window in the commons area.

    Progress Photos


    Aerial photos

    Drawings and site plans


    Project Information

    Architect: McGranahan Architecture
    Contractor: Lydig Construction
    Location: 12033 NE 80th St, Kirkland, WA 98033
    Spaces: 20 classrooms, including general, science, CTE and teacher planning spaces; auxiliary gymnasium and commons space
    Current Portables: 10 classroom portables currently at LWHS will be relocated to Rose Hill Middle School, Kirkland Middle School and Inglewood Middle School after construction
    Planned opening: New classrooms: Fall 2020; Auxiliary gymnasium and commons space: Fall 2021

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