Choice Schools

    Students at EAS dressed in orange for Unity Day

    The application period and lottery for Choice Schools and Programs for the 2018-19 school year has been completed.

    Choice schools and programs are optional schooling alternatives, created to meet specific needs and interests. They are designed to be smaller and use innovative approaches to education that are different from traditional public schools. Choice schools and programs are often housed within an existing school or on the same campus as another school.

    Enrollment and Lottery Process

    Choice schools and programs are open to all students in the district. Students must apply to be considered for enrollment in the school or program: the schools are small by design, so there are enrollment limits.

    Choice School Application Timeline for 2019-20

    • December 10, 2018 Online application opens (due by 4:00 p.m. on January 18, 2019)
    • January 18, 2019 Online applications due by 4:00 p.m.
    • February 1, 2019 Lottery held at district
    • February 8, 2019 Notification to families
    • February 22, 2019 – Acceptance deadline

    More information is available on each school's website and in the videos below.

    Choice Schools/Programs

    Cambridge Program

    Grades 9-12

    Community School

    Grades 1-5

    Dual Language Program - English | Español

    Grades K-1 in the 2018-19 school year

    Emerson High School

    Grades 9-12
    Not lottery based.

    Emerson K-12

    Grades K-12
    Not lottery based.

    Futures School

    Grades 9-12
    Not lottery based.

    Mead STEM Program

    Grades 1-5

    Stella Schola

    Grades 6-8


    Transportation for Choice Schools and Programs

    Parents/guardians of students who attend choice schools or programs must arrange their own transportation. In some cases, the district offers bus transportation. Contact the choice school or program you are interested in attending for more information.

    Choice School Applications

    Applicants should apply online to each Choice School they are considering.

    If your child has previously applied to a choice school and is on a waitlist, do not re-apply to that school. Your child's waitlist spot is carried forward each year.

    (Note: Emerson K-12, Emerson High School, and Futures School use their own applications. Please contact those schools for application information.)

    After completing the online application, the applicant will receive a confirmation email from the system indicating that the application has been received. Incomplete applications will not be processed as part of the lottery. If you are unable to access the online application, there are three options available:

    1. The LWSD Resource Center has computers available for public use during regular business hours.
    2. The public library has computers available for public use.
    3. If the above options are not available or accessible, the parent may contact Janette Cimburek at the resource center at 425-936-1316 or

    A lottery and/or wait list system is used to place students when applications exceed vacancies. Choice school and program lotteries are run centrally at the district office. Lottery numbers are generated for each school through the use of a random sequence generator. The district will notify parents of their student's lottery number(s) following the district lottery.

    For more information about the choice school or program you are interested in, visit the school's website. Additionally, most choice schools or programs hold an information night that provides a greater level of detail about the school, its program, and the unique features a student and family can expect at that particular school or program. Annually, the district publishes information about the middle school options and high school options. This can also help to inform students and families about the features of a choice school or program.

    For information on eligibility, the application process, lottery process, and more, parents may review the district administrative policy and procedure.