More than 4,100 distinguished students recognized nationwide

Redmond, Wash. – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this week that one additional Lake Washington School District (LWSD) student will receive a National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship:

Kevin Zhang, Nikola Tesla STEM High School - National Merit Purdue University Scholarship 

A group of freshman from Nikola Tesla STEM High School is helping kids with Cerebral Palsy move around a little easier. As part of their end of year project, this team partnered with a program by the name of Go Baby Go

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Dozens of LWSD students earned their way to the 2021 International Career Development Conference (ICDC), which was held virtually in late April and early May. Of that group, about 30 students competed as finalists and two students placed as high as third.

LWHS Science Labs

Why is slime stretchy? How do chickens flap their wings? 

With these questions in mind, two science classes at Lake Washington High School celebrated the last week of school by setting up lab experiments. The labs also gave students a chance to use the new equipment in two of the school’s 20 new classrooms.



    Green Buildings

    The district saves money and reduces its environmental impact by incorporating green features into its new buildings.

    Geothermal Heating

    LWSD has more lineal feet of geothermal loop than any other public school district in the state. The water in the geothermal loop warms underneath the ground, which retains heat in the winter. The cooled water returns to the ground where it warms back up. Geothermal energy is clean, renewable and cost-effective.

    Solar panels

    Solar panels at Redmond High School

    LWSD has the largest solar energy capacity of any district in the state – 615 kilowatts. That’s enough energy to power 60 homes. The 2016 bond projects are being built solar-ready – for when funding becomes available to place solar panels on them.

    Natural Light

    After a school district passes a bond measure, it is eligible to receive funds from Washington state’s School Construction Assistance Program. Projects must meet detailed requirements to receive this money, including the incorporation of natural view lighting, which allows students to see outside. This reduces electricity costs and enhances student learning environments.

    LED Lights

    LED lighting in the Clara Barton Elementary School gym

    To help LWSD reach its goal of meeting or exceeding state energy standards, the 2016 bond projects will have LED lighting both inside and outside.


    Plants that don’t require watering over the summer are chosen for landscaping. Since 2006, we have reduced water used for outside irrigation by 80 percent.

    Storm Water

    Schools utilize a mix of plants to naturally filter storm water and underground tanks that filter impurities from run-off before water returns to a jurisdiction’s storm water system.

    Green Roof

    Green roof at Carson ElementaryRachel Carson Elementary School was the first K-12 public school in the state built with a green roof in 2008. The green roof covers two sections of the school, reducing rain run-off from the building. The roof is covered in soil to hold succulent plants that can survive the dry summers. It also insulates the spaces below.

    Water Conservation

    High-efficiency plumbing fixtures and low-water cleaning procedures have helped the district reduce inside water use by 30 percent since 2006.