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.



    Promotion Process

    Transitioning students from preschool to kindergarten, elementary to middle school, and middle school to high school

    Promotion Process

    The promotion process is a system that the Special Education Department uses to help move students from preschool to kindergarten, elementary school to middle school, and middle school to high school.

    The district wants to support you and your student in making a smooth transition. The IEP team, which includes the parents and student (if appropriate), makes the placement decision. Discussions about placement for the following school year usually begin in January.

    Promotion process procedures may differ between schools. It is a good idea to review the following information with your student's Individual Education Plan (IEP) Manager.

    Steps and Timeline of Promotion Process

    Schedule for placement discussions, decision making, and introduction to new school

    Discussions about placement for the following school year begin

    Contact the student’s present school if you haven’t been invited to a meeting to discuss next year’s placement. This meeting can happen outside of an IEP meeting, but the placement decision may then be reflected in a change of the IEP. This discussion should include issues such as:

    • School your student will attend
    • Program they will be in
    • Classes your student will take
    • New IEP manager
    • IEP support

    Current IEP team meets with new IEP team

    The IEP team at your student’s present school meets with the school for the next year to share information about your student. Parents are not part of this meeting, as they have already been part of the placement meeting in January.

    Members of the IEP team from the new school may observe your student at their present school.

    Once the school placement decision is made, fill out any necessary registration information for the new school. Your student’s IEP team can help you get these forms.

    Student's file sent to new school's IEP team.

    Transportation Department contacts parents
    LWSD is responsible for transportation if the student attends their home school or if the IEP team decides on placement at another school. Special transportation needs should be reflected on the IEP. The Transportation Department will contact you about your student’s bus route one week before school begins. Contact Transportation at 425-936-1120 if you haven’t heard from them by then.

    Open House/Orientation
    Introducing you and your student to the new school
    Each school handles orientation in its own way. Contact your student’s IEP manager or your student's new school to find out when their Open House will be held. Contact the school to arrange for a visit at a different time if you feel it would be less stressful for your student.

    Variances and Choice Schools
    Considering placement in other schools
    Work with your student’s IEP team to decide if transferring to a school other than the assigned school would be a good placement for your student. You must apply for a variance in order to transfer your student to a different school within the district if this school differs from the IEP team recommendation.

    Choice schools are schooling alternatives within the Lake Washington School District that put emphasis on specific educational interests and needs. If your student is accepted into a choice school, no variance is required. Be aware that choice schools don’t always have special education staff on site. Work with your student's IEP team to decide if a choice school would be appropriate for your student. Visit the Choice School web page to learn about the various options, how to apply to choice schools, and to find contact information for each school.

    A variance or Choice School attendance may require you to provide your own transportation.