Lake Washington School District, Washington

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Lake Washington School District
Redmond, Washington
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District Profile
Superintendent:Traci Pierce
Graduation rate:91.9%
Number of schools:51
Budget: $258.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Jackie Pendergrass
Board members:5
Term length:4
Lake Washington School District is a school district in Washington that served 25,389 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the sixth largest by enrollment in the state of Washington. Lake Washington School District has an operating budget of $258.7 million during the 2013-2014 school year.[1][2] The district was officially formed in 1944 due to consolidation efforts at the state level.[3]

About the district

Lake Washington School District is located in King County, Washington
Lake Washington School District is based out of Redmond and serves King County communities including Kirkland and Sammamish. The population of Redmond was 54,144 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[4]


Redmond outperformed state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (60.2%) surpassed the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Redmond's median income at $92,851 while the state median income was $58,890. Redmond had a poverty rate of 6.5% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Redmond (%) Washington (%)
White 65.2 77.3
Black or African American 1.7 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.5
Asian 25.4 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.6
Two or More Races 4 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 7.8 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 68.7 28.3
2008 70.0 28.0
2004 65.0 33.7
2000 60.0 34.4

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[6]


The current Superintendent of Lake Washington School District is Traci Pierce. She has served in the position since July 2012. Pierce has worked in the district since 1994 and previously served as Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services from 2010 to 2012.[7]

School board

The Lake Washington School Board is a five-member board with each member elected by district to a four-year term. Each member can be compensated $50 per day for district matters with a maximum compensation of $4,800 per year.[8]

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Lake Washington School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Jackie Pendergrass 1 1995 2015
Christopher Carlson 2 2007 2015
Nancy Bernard 3 1997 2017
Mark W. Stuart 4 2013 2017
Siri Bliesner 5 2011 2015

School board elections

See also: Lake Washington School District elections (2013)

Members of the Lake Washington School Board are elected by district to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, and three seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.


The following table details general categories for district budgets for the 2012-2013 school year and the 2013-2014 school year:[2]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $194,951,089 81.6% $41,977,581 17.6% $0 0% $0 0% $1,879,906 0.8% $238,808,576
2013-2014 $212,865,446 82.3% $43,912,339 17% $0 0% $0 0% $1,952,953 0.8% $258,730,738
Averages: $203,908,267.5 82% $42,944,960 17% $0 0% $0 0% $1,916,429.5 1% $248,769,657

Teacher salaries

Lake Washington School District employed 1,538 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises up to 135 quarter credits. The current schedule also creates higher starting and maximum salaries for teachers with graduate degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2013-2014 school year:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 30,951 35,160
BA 45 35,573 45,395
MA/BA 90 40,195 54,694
MA 45/BA 135 44,845 61,709


Teachers in the district are represented in negotiations by the Lake Washington Education Association (LWEA). The current president of LWEA is Kevin Teeley.[10]

Schools in district


The district served 25,389 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 6.8% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 23,769 -
2009 24,085 1.4
2010 24,540 1.9
2011 24,862 1.3
2012 25,389 2.2

District schools

Lake Washington School District operates 51 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Lake Washington School District
Alcott Elementary
Audubon Elementary
Bell Elementary
Blackwell Elementary
Carson Elementary
Community Elementary
Dickinson Elementary
Discovery Elementary
Eastlake High School
Einstein Elementary
Emerson High School
Emerson K-12
Environmental and Adventure School
Evergreen Middle School
Explorer Elementary
Finn Hill Middle School
Franklin Elementary
Frost Elementary
Futures School
Inglewood Middle School
International Community School
Juanita Elementary
Juanita High School
Kamiakin Middle School
Keller Elementary
Kirk Elementary
Kirkland Middle School
Lake Washington High School
Lakeview Elementary
Mann Elementary
McAuliffe Elementary
Mead Elementary
Muir Elementary
Northstar Middle School
Redmond Elementary
Redmond Middle School
Redmond High School
Renaissance School of Art & Reasoning
Rockwell Elementary
Rosa Parks Elementary
Rose Hill Elementary
Rose Hill Middle School
Rush Elementary
Sandburg Elementary
Smith Elementary
Stella Schola Middle School
STEM High School
Thoreau Elementary
Twain Elementary
Wilder Elementary

Academic performance

The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction published a state report card for 2012-2013 assessing subject proficiency levels and year-to-year progress for each district. This report card relies on data from the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) and High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to determine if each district meets Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) goals in reading and math. The goal for each district is to meet proficiency goals at all grade levels and student demographics by the 2013-2014 school year.

Lake Washington School District met the state goal of 95% participation across all grade levels. The district met AYP goals for reading and mathematics at elementary, middle and high school levels.[12]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2012-2013
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 89 83.4
4 86.7 81.5
5 88.8 81.9
6 85.1 79.7
7 84.1 84.3
8 83.3 74.9
10 92.7 -

Adequate Yearly Progress

AYP Achievement, 2012-2013
Grade Meet Reading AYP? Meet Math AYP?
Elementary School Yes Yes
Middle School Yes Yes
High School Yes Yes

Contact information

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Lake Washington School District
PO Box 97039
Redmond, WA 98073-9739
Phone: (425) 936-1257

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Background Checks

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Last rated on June 3, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • 2011-2012 budget summary is provided.[13]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Officials are listed with contact information.[14]
  • Elected Officials
    • School Board members are listed with contact information.[8]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas are available.[15][16]
  • Contracts
    • Salary schedules and collective bargaining agreements are available.[17][18]
  • Taxes
    • Revenue information is posted.[19]
  • Academics
    • Academic performance is noted.[20]
  • Background Checks
    • Background check policy is provided.[21]

The bad

  • Budget
    • Budgets are not posted.
  • Audits
    • Audits are not posted.
  • Contracts
    • Vendor contracts and bids are not available.
  • Public Records
    • Public records information and request form not available.
  • Taxes
    • Tax rates are not provided.

See also

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections, 2012" accessed September 24, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "General Fund Financial Summary," accessed September 24, 2013
  3. Lake Washington School District, "About Us," accessed September 27, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Redmond," accessed September 27, 2013
  5. King County Elections, "Election Archive," accessed September 24, 2013
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Lake Washington School District, "Superintendent's Bio," accessed September 27, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Lake Washington School District, "LWSD School Board," accessed September 27, 2013
  9. Lake Washington School District, "LWSD Salary Schedule for 2013-2014," accessed September 27, 2013
  10. Lake Washington Education Association, "Officers and Staff," accessed September 27, 2013
  11. Lake Washington School District, "Schools," accessed September 27, 2013
  12. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed September 27, 2013
  13. Lake Washington School District, "Budget Information," accessed September 27, 2013
  14. Lake Washington School District, "Administrative Directory," accessed September 27, 2013
  15. Lake Washington School District, "Board Meetings," accessed September 27, 2013
  16. Lake Washington School District, "School Board Calendar," accessed September 27, 2013
  17. Lake Washington School District, "Salary Schedules," accessed September 27, 2013
  18. Lake Washington School District, "Employee Group Agreements," accessed September 27, 2013
  19. Lake Washington School District, "Where Money Comes From," accessed September 27, 2013
  20. Lake Washington School District, "Test Scores 2011," accessed September 27, 2013
  21. Lake Washington School District, "Online Volunteer Application," accessed September 27, 2013