Lake Washington Schools Shine in Washington Achievement Awards

More Lake Washington Schools recognized than any other district


On Wednesday, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced the Washington Achievement Awards, for 174 schools that “profoundly affect student learning.” The list of schools includes 14 schools in Lake Washington School District, more than any other district in the state. These schools will be recognized at celebrations around the state on May 5.

“I am so incredibly proud of these schools and all the hard work of students, teachers and parents,” said Dr. Chip Kimball, superintendent. “These awards confirm what I know and see every day; our district has some of the best schools in the state, helping all kids achieve and excel.”

Schools will be recognized as top performers in six categories:  Overall Excellence, Language Arts, Math, Science, Extended Graduation Rate, Gifted Education. Some schools are honored in more than one of these categories.

Ten Lake Washington schools will be recognized for overall excellence: Audubon Elementary, Juanita Elementary, Mann Elementary, McAuliffe Elementary, Mead Elementary, Redmond Elementary, Smith Elementary, Wilder Elementary, Inglewood Junior High and Eastlake High School. The eight elementary schools represent 15 percent of the elementary schools honored from the entire state.

Lake Washington schools also fared very well in science, with 20 percent (five out of 24) of the schools so honored statewide. Three of the schools honored for overall achievement also were honored for their achievement in science: Mann, Mead and Smith Elementary Schools. In addition, Environmental and Adventure School and International Community School will be honored in science.

“We have an inquiry-based approach to science that engages kids,” said Dan Phelan, chief academic officer. “These awards are another indicator that this approach works.”

Two district schools will be honored for achievement in language arts: Wilder Elementary, which also garnered an overall achievement nod, andDiscovery Community School.

Futures School will be honored for their extended graduation rate. This choice school, housed within Juanita High School, often works with students who have not achieved within the larger comprehensive high schools. Futures School encourages students to set lofty goals and provides a supportive environment allowing them to reach those goals.

As noted in the press release on the awards from OSPI, the awards recognize schools based on outcomes tracked through the State Board of Education’s accountability system from 2007 to 2009. The outcomes are measured using four indicators:

1.       Achievement of students who are not from low-income families;

2.       Achievement of students who are from low-income families;

3.       Achievement of all students when compared to “peers” (those with similar student characteristics in different categories)

4.       Improvement in the achievement of all students from the previous year.

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