L-DUB Alum

Our alum are a strong group of young people that make us proud every day. The inaugural class, 6th graders in 1998, graduated in 2001. As they were about to embark on the adventure of high school, a new group of families urged the founding families to keep LWGMS going. And in the fall of 2002, the school was full of a whole new crop of LWGMS students. The class of 2004 was the next to graduate, and since then, we've sent a group of LWGMS students to area public and independent high schools each year.


...is rich for our students, well prepared for high school and beyond. LWGMS graduates attend a variety of Seattle-area, national, and international independent and public high schools including:

Public Schools

Aviation High School
Ballard High School
The Center School
Chief Sealth High School
Franklin High School
Garfield High School
Ingram High School
Kennedy High School
Nathan Hale High School
Nova High School
Rainier Beach High School
Roosevelt High School
Vashon Island High School
West Seattle High School

Independent Schools

Bishop Blanchet High School
The Bush School
Colégio Imaculada Conceicaõ (Brazil)
Eastside Catholic School
Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
Holy Names Academy
International School of Milan
Lakeside School
The Northwest School
Phillips Academy, Andover
Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences
Seattle Preparatory School
University Prep
Seattle Lutheran High School

After completing high school, LWGMS graduates continue to thrive at colleges and universities including:

Bard College
Barnard College
Brandeis University
Brown University
California State University Chico
Carleton College
Central Washington University
Colgate University
Colorado State
Columbia College
Cornish Institute for the Arts
Emory University
Evergreen State College
George Washington University
Hawaii Pacific University
Humboldt State University
Lewis & Clark
Loyola Marymount University
Mills College
Mount Holyoke College
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Oregon State University
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Portland State University
Pratt Institute

Reed College
Santa Clara University
Scripps College
Seattle University
Smith College
Stanford University
University of British Columbia
University of California Berkeley
University of California Los Angeles
University of California Santa Cruz
University of Montana
University of Oregon
University of Puget Sound
University of Redwoods
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Toronto
University of Washington
Washington State University
Washington University
Western Washington University
Western Washington University
Whitman College
Whittier College
Willamette University


Agents of Change

Misa [‘04] graduated from Stanford in 2012 with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Film Studies. One week after commencement, she left for Paris, where she completed a nine month certificate program in Patisserie (French Pastry) at Le Cordon Bleu. After receiving her diploma in French Pastry in April 2013, she spent two months doing an internship at a Paris bakery before embarking on a Round the World solo journey to return to the States, visiting 25 cities in eleven countries: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, India, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand (Hobbit-land!) and Australia.

Misa is now working as an assistant pastry chef for Craftsman & Wolves in San Francisco. She is also doing the occasional freelance writing gig for local papers and blogs – mainly film and food reviews plus an occasional essay on more personal matters.

We credit you, the wonderful staff, and the excellent program you built at LWGMS with nurturing her independence, creativity, and writing skills. Keep up the good work!
— Stan Shikuma P'04



It was so wonderful to see so many alumnae and alumnae parents at last weekend's festivities! Thank you for your continued support of your middle school. You – and your paths in life – are so very important to us, and we want to share your stories – achievements and challenges – with everyone! You are our Agents of Change and our current students are always looking up to you, imagining what their futures hold. Thank you to those who attended. Those who could not, we missed you, and hope to see you soon...and next year!

Thank you to our two speakers, Mara Wald '16 and Rachel Kaftan '13.  Here is an excerpt from the speech Rachel Kaftan '13's speech delivered at the brunch...words we were so proud to hear!

When I came out of eighth grade, I thought I knew myself to the greatest extent possible. I thought I wanted a boyfriend freshman year. I thought I had all my politics and values figured out. I thought I would become an actor and travel to Hollywood to win an Oscar—some things don’t change. But when I entered Franklin, a sprawling public school full of immigrants, x-bot geeks, and only about ten white people, I realized that, still, I didn’t know much about myself. Of course I wasn’t the only one experiencing that revelation—all high schoolers do. The difference depended on what I would do with that revelation. Would I choose fear and ignorance or acceptance in the fact that, yeah, I didn’t know myself yet. Thanks to L-Dub, I can say that I walked into high school confident enough to embrace the parts of myself that were terrifyingly unknown.

That’s what I think this school does well. It helps us find strength in difficult situations. It encourages us as young women to kick down doors with our opinions. It plants the seeds for free thought and self-respect. Every girl in my graduating class that came with me to high school has exceeded expectations of mere academic success. Whether we found satisfaction in the mock trial room, the swim team, the Feminist Union, or woodshop, everyone sees that we came from the same community. So even if we didn’t (and still don’t) thoroughly “know” ourselves, L-Dub is clearly at our roots—urging us to take risks and thrive in whatever place or circumstance we are forced to confront.


We want to hear from and see our alumnae as much as possible. Please come by to visit us anytime, and keep up with the goings on around school and events (some just for you!) on our facebook pages for Alumnae and fans. Write to us below and we'll share the news with our community – current and alumnae.

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