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.




    School bus

    Pathway Forward

    At this time there is no change to our offering of transportation services, however our ability to transport all students may be limited due to special education routes and a reduced number of drivers.  A survey has been sent to K-5 parents to determine who plans to have their child ride the bus and routes will be developed based on that input. We anticipate reduced ridership which will help support physical distancing. If numbers exceed our ability to transport, adjustments may need to be considered such as increasing walk zones and reconfiguring routes. Our ability to expand routes depends on the number of available bus drivers. The district is recruiting for bus drivers now

    Transportation Health and Safety Protocols

    Parents must evaluate students for symptoms of illness and take students temperature PRIOR to sending them to the bus stop. If their student is sick, the parent would need to keep them home from school.

    What are the expectations for students on the bus?

    • Students will wear a mask and maintain physical distance while waiting at the bus stop.
    • Masks are required while on the bus.
    • All windows at the front and rear of the bus and all roof hatches will be open to maintain proper ventilation and to create a circulation of air flow – students should dress appropriately for the bus ride .
    • In the morning, at the bus stop, students will load and fill the seats from back of the bus to the front of the bus.
    • Students should sit one student per seat as much as possible to maximize physical distancing. If students need to share seats, they should always remain seated and facing forward. 
    • Siblings/household members should always sit together in the same seat.
    • At the school, the driver will remind students to remain seated. Students will exit the bus from front to back.  
    • In the afternoon going home, students will load the bus from back to front based on bus stop – last bus stop in the back, first bus stop in the front.
    • Eating and drinking on the bus is not permissible.
    • Students should maintain physical distance when entering and leaving the bus.
    • Each bus will have high touch points, including seats and handles cleaned between routes and will be spray-disinfected at the end of each day.

    Ill student onboard

    • If a student appears to be ill while onboard the student will be assigned to a specified row.
    • Driver will call dispatch to notify the school.
    • The student will be sent to the health room upon arrival.

    Bus assignments
    Routes for K-12 will be communicated out to parents for the 2021022 school year no later than August 25. Please make sure when you register for school online this year to indicate that you would will need bus services.  

    (updated 7/19/21)

    The district provides transportation only to those students living outside a one-mile radius, unless the district has reviewed walk routes and determined no safe walk routes are available. Within that boundary, our practice allows for elementary students to walk up to one and a half miles to school and middle and high school students to walk up to two miles. Students with walk distances that exceed these limits are eligible for bus service. These guidelines are used to establish all walk boundaries for the Lake Washington School District.

    2021-22 School Finder*

    *Please note: This tool is currently for school assignment only. For bus route information, please contact Updated 4/26/21.

    For Kindergarten, select "KD" from grade dropdown.

    Riding the Bus

    If your student is eligible for transportation and you have requested to sign up to ride the bus during online registration, you will receive an automated email to the primary email address you have on file prior to the start of the school year. The email will contain your child’s bus stop, times of pickup/dropoff and the route number. If you did not receive a postcard or would like to confirm the information, you can look it up online, by using the above School Assignment & Bus Finder tool.

    Emails that are sent out are automated and based on the route information on the date they were printed and are subject to change. We recommend that you check the online route information the day before school starts to verify there are no changes. If you have questions about the email sent please email

    Parents will be contacted by the driver with route information for special needs students and preschoolers.

    Bus routes may change slightly as the year goes on. Please check the School Assignment & Bus Finder for current route information.

    We also recommend all students and parents download the bus tracking app that will help give you a live time estimate of when your bus will  arrive each day. You can get the app by going to the Apple Store or Google Play and downloading the Versatrans My Stop App on your mobile device. In order to login to the App you will need to have your Skyward Family ID which can be found by logging into the Skyward mobile app or accessing Skyward on your computer. More information is available on the My Stop App page.

    Choice Schools, Quest and STEM Bus Schedules

    Coming soon.

    2021-22 School Finder*

    *Please note: This tool is currently for school assignment only. For bus route information, please contact Updated 4/26/21.

    For Kindergarten, select "KD" from grade dropdown.


    Contact Us

    Dana Chandler
    Director of Transportation Services

    Ramone Penister
    Transportation Manager

    Bus stop questions
    If you have a question about a bus stop, contact the Transportation Department at 425-936-1120 or

    Calls and emails are answered in the order in which they are received. The Transportation Department receives a high volume of calls at the beginning of the school year. We appreciate your patience as we respond as quickly as possible.