Redmond, Wash. – Sixty Lake Washington School District (LWSD) high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the semifinalists yesterday.
Eastlake High School
Eastlake Mission: Developing the character and intellectual strengths for individual and shared success.
- Intellectual strengths such as curiosity, creativity, and effective communication
- Personal attributes such as authenticity, integrity, and responsibility
- Interpersonal attributes such as empathy, teamwork, and service
- Growth through initiative, work ethic, perseverance, and reflection
- Justice through equity and inclusion of diverse lived experiences
- Balancing competition and ambition with gratitude and wellness
|Todd Apple - Principal
Lowell Thomson - Associate Principal
Allyson Cagney - Associate Principal
Dana Greenberg - Associate Principal
Josh Trimmell- Dean of Students
Our library serves as the information hub for the school serving students, staff, and the education community. Through our library, students have access to a diverse collection of print and electronic materials with professional staff to help. The classroom teacher and school librarian can help students select the most effective and appropriate resources for their learning among all the resources now available on the internet and in print. All computers at Eastlake access the Lake Washington School District library catalog, a variety of academic subscription research databases, and a selection of additional resources. In addition to resources for research the EHS Librarian can facilitate the use of Noodle Tools, a cloud based digital platform for all student research projects. Students log in at Noodletools.com with their Office 365 accounts through the school district. In this platform students can create source lists, virtual note-cards, calendar reminders for research items due, share projects with teachers and other students, and also create their actual research paper. Everything for student research projects is in one place and teaches students important research skills and terms as they use it. Some of the terms and skills are part of the AP Language test, so another benefit of using it is studying for that exam by default. Students and parents can contact the EHS Librarian for more information on this powerful opportunity. The EHS Library can also assist students with accessing their King County Library System (KCLS) student account with their LWSD ID number. This student account gives all LWSD secondary students access to everything in the KCLS digital collection.
Counselors provide a number of services for students and their parents, whether it is in the area of personal concerns, academic decisions, or post high school plans. Providing support to students, parents and staff is the primary role of the counseling staff. Eastlake counselors facilitate communication between students, parents and the community at large in order for our students to work towards becoming successful, well-adjusted, independent young adults. Guidance services are designed to meet the needs of our diverse population. Programs can be administered in several different ways through the counseling staff, teaching faculty and additional professional personnel when appropriate. Eastlake High School contracts with community support services to provide a part-time substance abuse counselor and interventions specialist for our students. This individual’s role includes education, assessment, as well as individual and group counseling and referral to other community agencies when appropriate.
The Eastlake High School Counseling Center web page, linked to the EHS main page, holds a variety of resources for students and their parents to access at anytime. This includes listings of helpful web addresses as well as a link to our Post High School Handbook. Available guidance, either through school wide programming or on an individual basis, can include:
• Graduation Advising-individual and group
• Running Start
• New Student Registration
• Academically At-Risk Interventions
• Registration & Course Planning for current students
• Washington state test requirements
• WANIC Alternatives to High School
• Classroom presentations
• Drug & alcohol referral
• Crisis counseling and referral
• Counseling groups
• Community referrals
• Individual counseling
• Study Skills
College & Career Development
• College Applications/Common Application
• Scholarships and Awards Assistance
• AP class planning/testing
• Classroom Presentations
• College Parent Night
• Financial Aid Night
• Post high school planning
• Dual Credit College in the High School (See Counseling page for more in-depth information regarding resources in the Career Center and career guidance materials.)
Eastlake High School contracts with Youth Eastside Services to provide a part-time Drug & Alcohol Prevention specialist. This individual’s role includes education, assessment, as well as individual and group counseling and referral to other agencies when appropriate. Eastlake also has a partnership with Evergreen Health to provide a social worker at the school. The social worker is on-site (currently, virtually available) to provide crisis intervention, psychosocial and risk assessments, safety planning and brief interventions or skill building. They provide ongoing behavioral health support until they are able to connect students with an outside referral. Staff and parents can also consult with the social worker regarding interventions, psychoeducation and community resources. We also assist with referrals to primary care, specialty care and mental health providers.
Eastlake High School allows all students the opportunity to take the course work necessary to meet university entrance requirements. For students seeking a technical career upon graduation, a variety of opportunities are provided for skill development. These opportunities are offered through programs in our school district, WANIC programs at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Running Start and through partnerships with other school districts.
In the counseling center, students are assisted by a counselor, career specialist, psychologist, registrar, data processor and drug and alcohol prevention specialist and mental health social worker for their counseling needs.
- Out of District Credit & Replacement Policy
- Options for Meeting the PE Graduation Requirement
- Teacher Aide (TA) Positions
- Student Schedules
- Schedule Change Process
- Request for Alternative to World Language Courses
Credit may be approved for educational courses or experiences that are obtained through an institution or organization outside of Eastlake High School. An application process is required. Approval to pursue an outside course or experience for credit must be obtained before the beginning of the course or experience. A maximum of three external credits total may be submitted for approval in grades nine through 12. Students who choose to take coursework from any accredited academic institution will receive “transfer” on their transcript (e.g. Transfer Math). It is the student’s responsibility to request an official transcript from any institution attended when completing the college application process. If students are to retake a course, the student may elect to have the GPA zeroed out in the course in which they received the lower grade. However, both courses and grades will be reflected on the transcript. Always contact your school counselor for clarification.
Individual students may be excused from participating in physical education (PE) otherwise required on account of physical disability, employment, or religious belief, or because of participation in directed athletics or military science and tactics or for other good cause. Please view the district website for more information and contact your students counselor.
During the registration process, Eastlake provides a lot of information to ensure that students make informed decisions about their class selection. After finalizing registration, Eastlake constructs the master schedule, hires new teachers and generates teacher and student schedules based on student requests submitted during registration. Therefore, Eastlake will not make any schedule changes after the close of registration, except in very specific situations such as an improper placement, incomplete schedules or a class needed for graduation. Submitting all requested information by the deadlines communicated by Eastlake High School will assist school staff in meeting student scheduling needs.
Schedule changes within the first five days will not be recorded on the transcript. A “W” (withdrawn) grade will be recorded on the transcript of students dropping courses after the first five (5) days through the fifth (5th) week of the semester. The course will remain on the student’s official transcript but will not impact the student’s GPA. Students will receive an F grade for courses dropped after the 5th week of the semester except in the case of extenuating circumstances as determined by the principal. All schedule changes must follow designated school process and be approved by counselors/administrators. The ability to schedule students into a different course is limited once registration closes.
*Deadlines also apply for the registration in special course options like WANIC, CTE Dual Credit College Connections, Running Start, and for registration for AP Examinations.
1. Competency/proficiency credit
Students who wish to pursue competency/proficiency credit must sign up to participate in “Washington World Language Assessment Days.” Through this state-sponsored program, students complete an assessment and receive a certificate of recognition signed by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education (SBE), with a cover letter indicating proficiency levels attained in the tested language and high school credit equivalencies based on the state’s recommendations for competency-based credits: The district will award one or more credits based on the student demonstrating an overall proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines as follows:
- Novice Mid – 1 credit
- Novice High – 2 credits
- Intermediate Low – 3 credits
- Intermediate Mid – 4 credits
2. A student may elect to pursue credit in areas other than World Language if the choice is based on a career-oriented course of study identified in the student’s High School and Beyond Plan. To do so, the student’s parent/guardian (or designee) must agree that credit in other areas is more appropriate than World Language because it better serves the student’s career goals. A meeting must be held with the student, the parent/guardian (or designee), and a high school representative to discuss and sign a form (Appendix / Form G)* acknowledging they understand the World Language requirement is a college-entrance requirement and that they believe that other alternate course selections are more appropriate given the student’s education and career goals.
*All Appendices/Forms are available from the Counseling Office and by visiting the Lake Washington School District website.
If you are requesting to be placed in Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), or College in the High School (CHS) course for the upcoming school year, please read the following carefully:
Eastlake High School creates opportunities for students to challenge themselves by taking Honors, AP and UW courses. School administrators must balance teacher allocations from the school district with classroom seat counts and classes for students. Student reasons for requesting a drop of course range from not finishing a summer assignment prior to the start of the school year to having an overload of homework or low/failing grades. Course offerings and teacher assignments are based on registration requests gathered in the prior year, and transfers into general level courses are frequently not possible for us to make and still meet district contract requirements for class sizes and teacher student limits. As a result, you will not be allowed to transfer out of the Honors, AP or CHS class for which you have registered.
These classes are commitments for the full duration of the course. Before making this commitment please carefully consider the workload for these classes within the context of your entire schedule (both academically and with extracurricular activities such as sports, part time employment and volunteer work). You can use the information listed in the current course catalog to reasonably estimate the hours of homework each night for each Honors, AP or CHS class you select.
Prior to submitting your course requests into Skyward, we ask that you and your parents please read and understand the information above and your commitment to the items below:
- You have carefully considered the rigors, challenge and instructor expectations for the classes you intend to take.
- You have successfully completed all required prerequisites as outlined in the catalog.
- You are committing to remain in your Honors, AP and/or CHS classes for the entire school year and to access all available support necessary to be successful.
- You recognize that the time commitment to completing required projects, assessments and assignments may limit your ability to participate in extracurricular activities, athletics, part time employment etc.
|Subject||Minimum Requirements for EHS||Minimum Requirements for Public, Four-Year Colleges and Universities||Recommended Courses for Highly Selective Colleges and Universities|
|English||4 credits||4 credits||4 credits|
|3 credits (Minimum ALG 1 & GEO AND ALG2 AND 1.0 credit of a Math/Math based course in Senior Year)||3-4 credits|
|Science||3 credits||2 credits of Lab Science, including one credit of algebra-based biology, chemistry, or physics||3-4 credits|
|Social Studies||3 credits||3 credits||3-4 credits|
|World Language||2 credits||
2 credits (of the same Language)
|Visual or Performing Arts||2 credits||1 credit||2-3 credits|
|Health & Fitness||
1.5 credits Fitness.5 credit Health
College Admission Requirements will vary by school - check the admission requirements listed at each institution.
Students must have a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average at time of application (most colleges will require a more competitive GPA). Students must complete Algebra 2 or higher.
|Career & Technical Education||1.0|
|Elective||To meet total credits needed*|
*In addition to earning a minimum of 24 credits, students must complete all additional district and state graduation requirements. This information can be found in the EHS Course Catalog, on the LWSD website and through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
**ALG 2 recommended or a 3rd year of high school mathematics aligning with the students interests and high school and beyond plan
Students in grades 9-12 will work towards developing and completing their own High School and Beyond Plan. The High School and Beyond Plan is a state and district graduation requirement that will require students to consider education and career choices post high school. The Lake Washington School District uses Xello to organize and access activities that create the High School and Beyond Plan. Students will be responsible for completing grade level activities that allow them to brainstorm, explore, and organize their plans and ideas for life after high school. Students are encouraged to work with their family, teachers, and counselors on their plan.
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The Eastlake College and Career Center provides post-high school information, resources, and support. Please visit the College and Career Center tab of the Eastlake website for links and resources.
- College & Career Classroom Microsoft Classroom Team: Stay up to date on the latest events and resources and ask questions through the College & Career Microsoft Classroom Team.
- College & Career Calendar: Keep track of college and career related events and deadlines.
- Post-graduation options: Explore four-year colleges, two-year colleges, technical schools, military, apprenticeships, gap year and direct-to-work opportunities.
- College representative visits: Hear from colleges and universities through in-person and virtual visits. Learn about admission requirements, the application process, and next steps.
- College application support: Take advantage of Wolf Time college application support and resources to complete the Common App, Coalition App, UC, CSU, and other application portals.
- SAT/ACT: Learn more about college admission testing, test optional schools, timing, and preparation resources.
- Scholarship and financial aid information: Find ways to pay for college, career, or technical school through need-based and merit aid, including scholarships, grants, loans, work-study, and FAFSA/WASFA resources.
- Military representative visits and options: Visit with representatives from all branches of the military. Learn more about enlisted and officer-level programs, including ROTC scholarships and the United States Service Academies.
- Career Speakers: Listen to speakers from a variety of professions. Learn about potential careers, typical pathways and ask questions.
- Field trips: Take the classroom out into the real world through college and/or career focused field trips.
- Opportunities: Explore jobs, internships, clubs, contests, volunteer, summer, and other career connected opportunities.
- Worksite Learning: Learn in the workplace while applying skills and knowledge obtained in a qualifying CTE course. Worksite Learning occurs at a qualified worksite outside the classroom and must connect to the student’s post-high school goals (High School and Beyond Plan). Students can earn 0.5 high school occupational credits with 180 hours of work.
- Resumes and interviews: Create a resume and polish interview skills for both college and work opportunities.
- WANIC (Washington Network for Innovative Careers): Earn high school credit (and sometimes college credit) while learning technical skills, many that lead to industry certifications. WANIC (wanic.lwsd.org) is a regional Skills Center cooperative of eight school districts in Northeast King County offering daily courses at the central facility in Kirkland, DigiPen Institute of Technology, and area high school campuses.
- CTE Dual Credit class information: Earn dual high school and college credit without leaving the high school classroom. Students enrolled in CTE Dual Credit (pnwcollegecredit.org) can earn college credit in Eastlake courses (marked as “CTE Dual Credit” in this catalog) that are formally aligned – articulated – with college courses. Most of CTE Dual Credit high school classes connect with a professional/technical certificate or degree.