Lake Washington Girls Middle School

Tel: (206)709-3800
Grades: 6-8 | 106 students
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Lake Washington Girls Middle School prepares girls to be confident young women, strong in mind, body and voice.
Our school values diversity and promotes social responsibility.
Students, teachers and families are active partners in creating a challenging academic environment, fostering independent thinking and instilling a life long love of learning.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Coalition of Girls
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Grades Offered Grades 6-8
Year Founded 1998

Student Body

Total Students 106 students
Student Body Type All-girls
% Students of Color
51%
State avg.: 27%
Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
71%
Average Class Size 18 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 14 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $16,200
Tuition Notes Tuition includes all fees, including labs, books, computers, etc. and field trips, including week-long fall field experiences.
% on Financial Aid
25%
Average Financial Aid Grant $7,000
Acceptance Rate
26%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Becky O'Boyle
Admissions Associate Molly Klema

Sports

Total Sports Offered 5 sports
Sports Basketball, Soccer, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballSoccer,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Earth Service Corps club, drama program, engineering, mock trial, student council, student magazine, yearbook drama program, engineering, mock trial, yearbook, Earth Service Corps club,
student council,
student magazine,

School Notes

  • Lake Washington Girls Middle School, now in its sixteenth year, is a place where girls explore, experiment, discover, create, and learn about themselves and the world around them. Since 1998, LWGMS has challenged its students with high standards and helped every girl find the tools she needs to succeed. Here, girls are empowered to think critically, develop leadership, and enjoy learning through an integrated curriculum that has proven to prepare girls for success in?high school honors and college preparation courses.?LWGMS prepares girls to be confident young women, strong in mind, body, and voice. Our school values diversity and promotes personal and social responsibility. Students, teachers, and families are active partners in creating a challenging academic environment, fostering independent thinking, and instilling a life long love of learning. 
  • Over their three years at LWGMS, our students will cycle through a core curriculum integrating the arts with science, technology, engineering, and math. Embedded in all disciplines will be an emphasis on Design Education as a way of fostering fluency in creative thinking skills to solve 21st century problems. Problem-solving, risk-taking, and mistake-making are necessary skills to practice, especially at the middle school level and especially for girls.Students experienced and familiar with Design Thinking (empathize, identify, ideate, prototype, and test) demonstrate resiliency and approach problems collaboratively and creatively; the heart of STEAM education. 
  • Some of the benefits of learning through Design Thinking:
  • Ability and confidence to delve into unknown areas, interview effectively, uncover underlying needs, and test hypotheses
  • Critical thinking, synthesis of information
  • Empathy, deep curiosity, persistenceAbility to question assumptions and think “outside the box”
  • Understanding that collaboration can accomplish a great deal, openness to others’ ideas
  • Ability to remain on task, discuss differing opinions with respect, share the workload
  • Brainstorming skills in writing, drawing, three-dimensional building
  • Ability to shift one’s thinking to a more playful, non-judging, idea-rich mode when needed
  • Openness, flexibility, ability to hold one’s ideas loosely, “what-if” thinking 
  • Action orientation, an open attitude, experience with a wide variety of tools and materials, a can-do attitude facilitating invention of ways to create prototypes, a pioneering attitude
  • A new approach to failure by viewing it as an invaluable information source rather than a personal affront
  • Active seeking and thorough evaluation of user feedback, reinvention or modification of thinking and/or design based on evaluation
  • Basic project-management skills: how to prioritize, sequence, and plan, how to assess progress and adjustAbility to take risks and create
  • Empowerment, motivation, and problem-solving skills 
  • Our STEAM STUDIO includes: A designated STEAM teacher, an eight station iMac Design Lab, filming equipment for digital storytelling (digital video cameras, sound equipment, mics, green screen, editing software), Smart board (integrated with the computers as a teaching tool), 3D printer (produces 3D models - great for industrial design problems/engineering), power tools and shop tools (for design + build courses), related software (photoshop, illustrator etc)
  • Courses we offer: Filmmaking, Digital StorytellingDesign + Build (architecture, greenhouse prototyping, model house design, etc.), Website/Mobile App Development, Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, and Electronic Arts.

Profile last updated: 07/16/2015

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At LWGMS our daughter has grown in every way, including compassion and respect. She has strong connections with her teachers, and they know her deeply. She is truly stronger in mind, body and voice! We love the welcoming, diverse, inclusive community and the strong curriculum. Social justice and feminism are woven into everything.
- Posted by Parent, 05/04/16

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