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Lake Washington School District jointly with the Lake Washington Education Association are releasing pertinent information and details related to secondary educational offerings for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.  

The District and Association have a shared agreement that secondary students need to be offered access to in-person experiences. Dr. Holmen stated, “We need to ensure that any secondary student who wants an in-person experience is afforded that opportunity.” He went on to say, “Our adolescent youth are experiencing this pandemic in many different ways. We need to be responsive to those needs and be creative in how we address the varying needs across our district.” 

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Lake Washington School District jointly with Lake Washington Education Association are excited to release pertinent details for the second through fifth grades elementary learning model transition to in-person or continued remote learning services. We happily welcomed kindergarten and first grade on February 18. Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent stated, “We appreciate the partnership with all stakeholders to successfully transition our Kindergarten and First grade students to their new learning models. We are grateful to be able to provide both in-person and remote learning services for our students.” Dr. Holmen went on to say, “As a District we continue to be committed to the highest of health and safety standards for our students and staff.”

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Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students have always excelled in art and writing, and this year is no different. Thirty-five LWSD students were recognized during this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Between all the LWSD schools that participated, students earned 10 gold keys, 19 silver keys and 33 honorable mentions.

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    Kindergarten Information

    Kindergarten registration for 2021-22 begins online February 18, 2021

    The initial registration period for children who will be five years old on or before August 31 will begin on February 18, 2021 and extend through March 1, 2021. Registration for all K-12 LWSD students is online. All necessary documents can be accessed on the LWSD website and completed documents can be uploaded securely. Parents who are unable to upload documents may send them to the school by U.S. mail or contact the school to arrange a safe drop off.

    Important: While K-12 student registration will continue throughout the school year and summer, parents are highly encouraged to register students as soon as possible. Doing so helps LWSD to ensure that class sizes are balanced and adequate staff are hired in time for the new school year.

    Online Registration

    LWSD offers free all-day kindergarten for all students
    All Kindergarten classes are all day classes. The state of Washington requires that school districts provide the option of kindergarten part-day attendance. Parents/guardians interested in part-day attendance for their child should contact their principal. Mid-day transportation will not be available.

    Children younger than five may qualify to enter kindergarten early
    Some students do not meet the state age guidelines for kindergarten but they may still be highly capable and ready for school. The Kindergarten Early Entrance process uses a formal and informal assessment to determine if your child meets or exceeds specific criteria in the areas of mental ability, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, auditory discrimination, visual discrimination, and emotional/social development. Parents who are interested in this option for their child should follow the instructions for early kindergarten entrance.

    Emerson K-12: a program that partners with families to provide instruction to students
    Emerson K-12 is a parent partnership program that partners with families to educate children under the auspices and with the support of the LWSD. Emerson K-12 values and monitors learning that happens both at school and at home. Kindergarten students are on site at least 2.5 hours a week for supervised instruction and complete additional hours of instruction at home. For more information, please visit the Emerson K-12 website or call 425-936-2311.

    Discovery Community School
    Discovery Community School (DCS), an elementary choice school, also offers a kindergarten option. Entrance into DCS is by lottery and district bus transportation to choice schools is not provided. Parents interested in DCS must register for kindergarten at their home school in addition to applying for entrance into DCS through the choice school lottery process. Information on this process can be found here.