At the March 5 School Board Meeting, the Board unanimously approved the names of both the New Elementary School in North Redmond and the New Elementary School in Redmond Ridge East, which will open in fall 2018.

Through partnerships with Lake Washington Schools Foundation, Lake Washington School District has established a District Innovation Program. It makes funding available to schools to implement innovative ideas. The goal is to celebrate and recognize innovative programs in our schools



Explorer Community School

We are here: phase 7, occupancy

Aerial views of the new Explorer Community School

Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography

Project Information

This project was included on the Long-Term Facilities Task Force recommendations. Given the age and condition of the portables, the project includes replacing the portables rather than investing in upgrading portables that are near the end of their useful life.

Architect: Magellan Architects
Contractor: Not selected yet
Location: 7040 - 208th Ave N.E. Redmond (at Dickinson Elementary)
Square Footage: 3,000
Capacity: 75 students
Spaces: 4 modular, including 3 standard classrooms and support space
Estimated Project Cost: $1,664,000 (Includes construction costs of $1 million 2016 dollars, $.5 million in non-construction costs, and $100,000 in expected construction inflation)
Planned opening: 2017
Building Condition/Current Situation:
Explorer Community School is a choice school located on the Dickinson Elementary campus. It is housed in portables that are between 26 and 30 years old and rated in “Poor” condition based on the annual building evaluation done using the State Building Condition Assessment. This score is based on an annual building evaluation of multiple building systems and sub-systems conducted by a third party vendor.

Drawings and site plans

Project updates

Covered play area installed

Posted December 8, 2017
Covered play area being installed at Explorer Community SchoolThe covered play area at Explorer Community School has now been installed. This is the final piece of the Explorer Community School project. The school is occupied and students and staff are loving their new space.

Grand opening and ribbon cutting

Principal Karen Barker and LWSD Superintendent Dr. Traci Pierce cut the ceremonial ribbonLWSD held its grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting for Explorer Community School on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Principal Karen Barker and LWSD Superintendent Dr. Traci Pierce cut the ceremonial ribbon. Students performed for guests and Principal Barker recognized the teachers for their work in opening the new building. You can watch the Grand Opening Ceremony on the LWSD Facebook page.

In addition, the covered play area was completed the first weekend of October.

Explorer Community School modular placement

Posted August 25, 2017

Explorer Community School groundbreaking

Students at Explorer Community School will have new portables and a newly designed campus to return to in the fall. The community participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony on June 20. The project is among those funded by a bond measure approved by voters in 2016.

June 20, 2017

Community input

Explorer Community School parents viewed site plans for the new Explorer at a meeting on December 13, 2016. This open-house style meeting gave parents an opportunity to view the preliminary designs for the new Explorer campus. Staff from the architecture firms working on the projects were available to answer questions and get feedback.