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Lake Washington School District

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The Lake Washington School District #414 is a public school district in King County, Washington, in suburbs east of Seattle. As of 2005 it is the fifth-largest school district in Washington. It serves the region to the east of Lake Washington, one of the wealthiest in the Puget Sound area. The district serves the communities of Kirkland, Redmond, north Sammamish, and the extreme southern portions of Bothell and Woodinville.


Map of Lake Washington School District, WA, USA

In March 2015, the district had a student enrollment of 26,708.

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Education reform

Lake Washington has taken a leadership role in education reform. They adopted reform mathematics texts such as TERC and Connected Mathematics, although these and similar text have been blamed for a dramatic decline in math skills of students entering the University of Washington, and some parents protested the complete omission of elementary arithmetic, particularly from TERC. The district is also piloting the requirement of a culminating project, which is being considered by the state, a move also protested by some parents who consider it an undue burden. The district leadership has been historically supportive of Outcomes-based education and the MSP assessment. Another part of their goal to help students achieve their maximum potential in the classroom includes web monitoring and filtering of harmful sites in and around a student's work environment. This also includes blocking sites such as Wikipedia, Google, and Yahoo! at times.


The district was formed in 1944 by combining three smaller districts:

  • Redmond School District #208
  • Kirkland School District #224
  • Juanita School District #21.
  • The new district had seven schools; as of 2015, it has 53.

    In August 2012, LWSD moved the freshman class into its four high schools, and converted the junior highs to middle schools (grades 6-8).

    Traditional high schools

    Formerly operated as senior high schools (grades 10-12), the four high schools added the freshman class in August 2012. All compete in the Kingco conference; two in Class 4A and two in Class 3A.

  • As of October 2012
  • As of November 2013
  • Other high schools

  • Lake Washington Technical Academy
  • Junior high and middle schools

    The junior highs (grades 7-9) became middle schools (grades 6-8) in August 2012.

  • As of October 2012
  • 1) Includes a National Junior Honor's Society and Builder's Club.

    Elementary schools

    Sixth graders were moved up to the middle schools in August 2012.

  • As of October 2012
  • References

    Lake Washington School District Wikipedia

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