Description FOR MEDIA
Lake Washington Girls Middle School, Seattle's first middle school for girls, is located in Central Seattle, 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 LWGMS 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.
Our students are learning to use tools that will serve them well: hand tools, power tools, digital tools, and the tools of their own strong voices. They work with computing platforms alongside hammers and saws and sewing machines. They are taking apart computers and building their own. They are making films, which allows them to own and create media in a way that no generation before them could do. They are sewing clothes that light up and they are 3-D printing a robotic hand. More importantly, they are learning that they have the power to solve problems, to innovate, and to invent. And that is really what we are teaching them: to find solutions, to overcome obstacles. We are teaching them that struggle and failure are normal – and that effort is a crucial part of eventual success.
The creative confidence the girls realize while they are at Lake Washington Girls Middle School completely translates beyond any classroom.
Lake Washington Girls Middle School 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.
LWGMS holds up the opportunity of a world in which girls are nurtured and empowered to reach their academic, social, and emotional potential. To that end, the school provides a supportive single-gender learning environment where students, teachers, staff, families, and our surrounding community are active partners in inspiring leadership, social responsibility, and self-confidence in girls.
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Language and Name Mechanics
LWGMS uses The Chicago Manual of Style as a baseline standard for all language and mechanics usage. If you have questions about language or mechanics usage, please consult the Director of Communications.
School Name Usage
When referring to the official name of the school use Lake Washington Girls Middle School.
The abbreviation LWGMS may be used after the first use of the official name of the school. When indicating possession, repeat the s after using an apostrophe, as in LWGMS's.
L-Dub may be used as a familiar use of the school "nickname".
Protocol for Referring to Alumnae
Alumna [uh-luhm-nuh] refers to a female only; the female plural is alumnae [uh-luhm-nee, -nahy].
Alumnus refers to a male only; the male plural is alumni.
Mixed groups are referred to as alumni.
Alum is not a person. It is “a potassium aluminum sulfate, or an ammonium aluminum sulfate, used especially as an emetic and as an astringent and styptic,” not phrases we usually use to describe most of our alumnae.
LWGMS does not use periods when referring to abbreviated degrees: BA, MBA, MFE, PhD.
When writing a graduation year, use the last two digits of the year, with an apostrophe before the class year:
Jane Doe '11
When addressing the parent of an LWGMS graduate, use a P the last two digits of the year, with an apostrophe before the class year:
John Doe P'11