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Winter Olympics – Middle School Style

While most of the world eagerly waits for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to begin tonight, LWSD middle school students are focused on a competition of their own. Inglewood, Evergreen, Finn Hill, Kamiakin and Redmond Middle Schools are competing in the Middle School Winter Olympics throughout February.

Police Chief for a Day – a first grader’s dream come true

Bryce Stubblefield, a first grade student at Twain Elementary School, wants to be a police officer when he grows up. And his dream is about to come true! The City of Kirkland Police Department chose Bryce to be their 2018 Police Chief for a Day.

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Seven-Period High School Day

For two years, staff and parents on the College and Career Readiness Task Force studied ways to expand options for high school students, to help them meet the state’s new 24 credit graduation requirement. Students in the class of 2019 and beyond will need 24 credits to earn a high school diploma. The Task Force reviewed several scheduling options and models, aiming to increase flexibility for every student. In April 2017, taking staff, student, and parent survey feedback into consideration, the Task Force recommended adding instructional time to the high school day to create a seven-period high school schedule.

LWSD high schools are planning for the transition to seven-period schedules, beginning with the 2018-19 school year.

The seven-period high school day offers equity and opportunity for all students. Students have more opportunities for:

  • Exploration
    Taking different or additional elective courses
  • Acceleration
    Taking courses such as Advanced Placement (AP), dual credit opportunities like Running Start, or College in the High School
  • Remediation
    Getting additional support or making up credit


Seven-Period High School Schedule FAQ

Why are Lake Washington high schools moving to a seven-period high schedule?

For two years, staff and parents on the College and Career Readiness Task Force studied ways to expand options for high school students, to help them meet the state’s new 24 credit graduation requirement. Students in the class of 2019 and beyond will need 24 credits to earn a high school diploma.

The Task force reviewed several scheduling options and models, all with the aim of increasing flexibility for every student. In April 2017, having taken staff, student, and parent survey feedback into consideration, the Task force recommended adding instructional time to the high school day to create a seven-period high school schedule.

What are the benefits of a seven-period high school schedule?

Currently, in a six period high school day, students earn six credits per year. Over four years, that is exactly 24 credits. This doesn’t leave a lot of room for exploring interests, taking additional courses, or for making up a credit. In a seven period schedule, students earn seven credits per year. Over four years, that is 28 credits. As a result, students have greater flexibility.

Class of 2018 - 6 period schedule
Credits required to graduate = 22
Credit opportunities = 24

Class of 2019 and Beyond - 7 period schedule
Credits required to graduate = 24
Credit opportunities = 28

The seven-period high school day offers equity and opportunity for all students. Students have more opportunities for:

  • Exploration – taking different or additional elective courses
  • Acceleration – taking courses such as Advanced Placement (AP), dual credit opportunities like Running Start, or College in the High School
  • Remediation – getting additional support or making up credit

When does the seven-period high school schedule go into effect?

We are planning for the transition to seven period schedules to take effect with the start of the 2018-19 school year.

During this year’s registration process, are students registering for seven classes?

Yes, currently enrolled high school students and incoming 8th graders will work with high school counselors to register for 7 classes.

What are the expectations for students about registering for a seven-period schedule?

As part of their four-year program of study, all students are expected to register for and take seven credit bearing courses each semester. A senior who is on track to satisfy all credit requirements for graduation may complete an application for Early Dismissal or Late Arrival. Requests for a class schedule with less than seven credit bearing courses will be reviewed with extenuating considerations in mind, which may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Employment
  • Medical need with documentation
  • Educational opportunities outside the school/district consistent with the student’s High School and Beyond Plan

A class schedule with less than seven credit bearing courses will only allow for a late arrival or early dismissal. It is necessary to gain approval from the student’s counselor and parents for late arrival or early dismissal and have a copy of the approval on file in the counseling office.