LWGMS At A Glance
6 – 8
+ Average Class Size
A typical class size is 18 students.
20 faculty and staff members, plus many specialist instructors who join us for dance, yoga, martial arts, music, and theater.
36% of faculty are people of color.
B.A. or B.S. Degrees: 100%
M.A., M.S., or M.Ed Degrees: 75%
PhD, EdD, or JD Degrees: 8%
+ Student/Teacher Ratio
9:1 (core faculty)
5:1 (all faculty including non-academic teachers)
Every year, every student takes the following year-long courses: STEAM, math, science, humanities, Spanish, and art. In addition, each student performs in one theater production, completes a term of martial arts, embarks on at least one outdoor trip with her entire class, and sets personal, academic, and social goals for herself, and tracks her progress.
There are many mixed-grade learning opportunities, including electives, PE, and ThinkTank Week projects.
Subjects are taught by experts in their fields who collaborate to create a connected and engaging curriculum. Most students enter high school prepared to take AP and Honors courses.
+ Student Life
LWGMS fields seven no-cut sports (volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, bouldering, track and field, and ultimate frisbee) with an 87% participation rate.
Clubs and after school classes include Coding Club, Yearbook, Parks & Rec Club, GirlUp, Tinker Team, Creative Dance, and Glee Club.
Social events (including co-ed dances) are planned by the Community Board.
Leadership opportunities abound at LWGMS including Student Government, Community Board, and Judicial Committee. Every student has the opportunity and responsibility to lead in some way during their three years.
Summer programs serve elementary age girls, current LWGMS students, and LWGMS alum. In 2017, LWGMS had over 80 participants in three week-long STEAM camps and four LWGMS community backpacking and kayaking trips.
+ Financial Aid
30% of students receive some form of financial assistance.
Approximately 13% of our total budget is awarded in financial aid each year.
54% of our student are students of color. Students come from 30 different elementary schools and from 16 different zip codes throughout the Seattle metro area.
LWGMS is located in the historic Immaculate Conception School building. We inhabit seven large classrooms, one multi-purpose room for lunch, events, performances, and PE classes, four administrative offices, and three conference rooms. In addition, we have access to an industrial kitchen and a multi-purpose hall in the Immaculate Conception church building.
Lake Washington Girls Middle School is
- approved by the Washington State Board of Education.
- an accredited member of the National Coalition of Girls Schools
- an accredited member of the National Association of Independent Schools
- an accredited member of the Washington Federation of Independent Schools
- an accredited member of Puget Sound Independent Schools
- a member of the Independent Curriculum Group
- a fully accredited member of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools
As a fully accredited member of NWAIS, LWGMS has undergone a rigorous eight year cycle of self-study process and review. It's a process that both holds us to the highest standards of conduct and operations, and asks us to reflect upon our school-wide practices around teaching and learning, culture, leadership and management. Lake Washington Girls Middle School last hosted an accreditation team in March of 2009.
Faculty, staff, and community representatives have spent the past year reflecting on the NWAIS Standards and the questions posed in the NWAIS Self Study. Soon we will begin the next stage in our accreditation journey – hosting a visiting team in March, 2018. Learn more.
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