Educational Specification: guidelines for planning educational facilities
Lake Washington School District construction projects range from relatively small improvements to a complete remodel of an entire school. No matter its size, any project must help the district meet its goals for student learning. That’s why all building construction projects start with the Educational Specification.
This document is revisited periodically. The last review took place in 2013. It reflects knowledge gained from construction funded by the 1998 and 2006 bond measures. It also reflects updates of the district’s vision and goals.
The current version was developed through a collaborative process that involved a broad-based committee. There were interviews with principals and with representative focus groups. The document defines the program elements for a typical school. It allows for optional programs or service elements to be added.
The educational specification derives from the district’s educational goals. It also takes into account educational trends. This latest revision acknowledges a shift to greater hands-on, project-based experiences. These trends have implications for the design of facilities to support a changing educational program.