Student Life

The LWGMS experience is more than just academic classes. LWGMS students have many opportunities to meet as a school, celebrate together, participate in clubs, serve their community, and engage in healthy competition.

Every student is a member of a small, multi-grade Respect and Responsibility (R&R) Advisory Group. Lead by faculty and staff advisors, R&R groups comprise “big sisters” and “little sisters” who meet on a weekly basis.

All students take physical education in classes designed to teach health, self-confidence, and positive body image. Additionally, a full range of athletic opportunities is offered after school (soccer, cross country, volleyball, basketball, bouldering, track and field, and ultimate frisbee) and most LWGMS students participate in at least one sport at school per year.

Many opportunities are also available to explore individual interests through co-curricular activities such as robotics, glee club, dance, coding, and numerous other clubs.

At LWGMS Every Student Is a Leader

There are many opportunities for leadership at LWGMS. We believe there are varied styles of leadership and that any student can be a leader.  Students may take on traditional leadership roles in student government, but other opportunities to cultivate different kinds of leadership are also available. 

Every LWGMS student is expected to lead a group discussion, run their own student learning conference, and greet and tour guests at Open Houses. Every eighth grader is a leader in the school, and is responsible for planning R&R group activities, mentoring their younger “sisters,” and leading by example.

Leadership opportunities available to all students can be found in the following activities:

Student Government
Green Team
Yearbook staff
Theater: stage manager, assistant director, choreographer, music director
Open House tour guides
School representatives at off campus events
Sports team captains
Collaborative projects in all classes
R&R sister mentors
Leading class meetings
Outdoor program leadership
Cleaning crews

Student Government

The Student Government at LWGMS consists of three branches of government: a Student Council, a Community Board, and a Judicial Committee.

Student Council
The Student Council’s purpose is to address issues raised by students and class representatives. The Student Council President runs Monday Morning Meetings, talks at open houses and other events, meets with class representatives, and meets with Head of School about school-wide issues or any issues that have been brought to the student government's attention. Student Council Representatives communicate with their class at class meeting. Representatives talk about their meetings and take issues from class meetings. The representatives must take all issues to the council even if they do not agree with the issue.

Community Board
The Community Board’s purpose is to coordinate clubs, school events, and fundraisers. The Community President runs Monday Morning Meetings, talks with clubs, updates front hall board, and is in charge of the community representatives. Community Board Representatives are elected from each grade to communicate with club representatives and are also in charge of fundraisers, dances, and other events involving students.

Judicial Committee
The Judicial Committee’s purpose is to address issues raised by faculty and staff. The committee will discuss issues with Head of School and advise her on how to solve these problems. The mission of the Judicial Branch is to give student input to school administration on solving problems raised by teachers. 


LWGMS students are inclusive of others and they value integrity, respect, and responsibility. The focus on social justice, performance and public speaking, and social and emotional learning allows students to use their strong voices and recognize their own abilities to improve their communities.

Students at LWGMS know that the school is really theirs and they learn what it means to be part of a community. They clean the building every day, participate in weekly class and all-school meetings, publish their own blog, and run their own parent-teacher conferences.

One of the great strengths of the LWGMS experience is the connections students make with their classmates. Because the classes are small and there are lots of opportunities to work together, students learn to embrace differences and find commonalities with people they may never have gotten to know in a larger school.

From the first new student welcome celebration to graduation and beyond, an L-Dub student knows that they have a sisterhood of peers and a community that cares about them.


The students, faculty, and staff agree that the following rights and responsibilities are ours to uphold and maintain.  

Social Justice

Through activities such as meeting with their representatives in state government or spearheading sustainability projects for their school and local community, students at LWGMS learn that each of them has the power to effect change in the world.


Service Learning


Service Learning is an integral and rewarding part of the LWGMS experience. The goal of the Service Learning program is for students to recognize their own abilities to improve their communities and nurture a sense of responsibility and pride as students take action to improve their local and global communities.

Each student takes part in a grade-level service project, every year. These projects focus on our local community. The sixth grade class is linked to our neighbor, Byrd Barr Place. At Byrd Barr Place, students volunteer in the food bank to sort food into grocery bags for their Home Delivery Program. Seventh Grade students will each spend a half day at Angeline's Day Center for Women in Downtown Seattle. At Angeline's, students will help prepare and serve lunch to the guests at the center. The eighth grade project is connected to our neighborhood and larger Central District community. Students will help compile backpacks full of food for students at Leschi Elementary who are experiencing homelessness. These backpacks get distributed to students for their time away from school during breaks when they do not have their regular access to school breakfast and lunch programs.  

Past service learning projects include: reading with students from Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Water 1st International’s Carry 5 Walk for Water, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance’s Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day, YWCA’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive, United Nations Foundation’s GirlUp Rally, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Beat the Bridge, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Country Doctor Community Health Center’s Spa Day Drive for domestic violence shelters, and fundraising for the Maasai Girls Education Fund.


Social Justice Film Festival

L-Dub’s 4th Annual Social Justice Film Festival was held at the Broadway Performance Hall, and we are so grateful to all of our students and families who joined us in support the Class of 2017. Thank you also to the Alhadeff family for making the event possible and supplying wonderful Majestic Bay popcorn!

As part of the Social Studies class and the Walls to Bridges program, each eighth grader worked with her classmates to agree on a topic, generate a thesis, create a storyboard, integrate interviews, videos, and still photos, and edit a five-minute film that will inspire our audience to act, to think, and to discuss issues important to our students.

At the end of the screening, guests jumped on smartphones and voted for their favorite films. The results were tallied and real time and Ms. Hearn announced the winners...

Best Thesis:

The Dark Side of Disney
By Amy and Anabelle


Best Call to Action:

Living in a Hateful World
By Madison, Georgia, and Hazel


Most Original Idea:

More Than a Diagnosis
By Celia C. and Olive

Best Overall:

I Am More Than a Body
By Megan, Charlotte, and Nadia


Every LWGMS student is a member of a small, multi-grade Respect and Responsibility Advisory Group. Led by faculty and staff advisors, R&R groups are composed of “big sisters” and "little sisters" who meet on a weekly basis. Throughout the year, R&R Groups work on many of the following initiatives through activities, workshops, and conversations:

  • Community building and group cohesion
  • Orientation, school citizenship, and school business
  • Goal-setting, reflection, and self-assessment
  • Tools for school and learning
  • Life skills, healthy development, and self-care
  • Moving on to high school
  • Real-world connections and service learning
  • Personal passions, hobbies, and interests
  • Rituals and celebrations

Clubs at LWGMS

LWGMS students propose and manage their own clubs. Clubs meet for an hour each week. Take a look at this year's clubs!

  • DIY Club
  • Board Games Club
  • Baking Club
  • Cozy/Comfort/Chill Club
  • Culture Club
  • Sunshine Club
  • Drawing/Art Club
  • Parks & Rec Club
  • Drama Club
  • Detective Club
  • Bike Club
  • Girl Empowerment
  • Glee Club
  • Green Team
  • Roots and Shoots for Change
  • Yearbook Team


Celebrations at LWGMS

Our community joins together often throughout the school year to celebrate, to reflect, and to have fun and enjoy each other’s company. Friendship and close connections are hallmarks of the L-Dub experience.

Festiva de Otoño
Festival of Lights Poetry Night
Spirit Week
Pi Day
Annual Gala
Rites of Passage Celebration Dinner
Parent Education Nights
New Family Social
Drama Performances
Art Show/Festival

LWGMS Art Show. Photo by Dan DeLong P'19.

Student Services

Academic, Social, and Emotional Support for All Students
Middle school is a time of great change for adolescents: physically, emotionally, and socially. The social and emotional well-being of students is a crucial part of Lake Washington Girls Middle School’s mission. To this end, a concerted effort is made to help students mediate and resolve conflicts; discuss developmental issues openly, safely, and productively; proactively respond to negative interpersonal dynamics and/or behavior swiftly and efficiently; and celebrate successes.

Fall term all students meet one-to-one with Student Support staff to set specific measurable academic, social, and personal goals, and create trackable strategies in their effort to achieve these goals.  During Winter and Spring Term, students reflect on their progress. They reassess the goals and strategies of the previous term,  analyze the factors connected to successes, and challenges of each, and write new goals and strategies or modify old ones as needed.

Learning and Life Skills
The Student Services Department provides Learning and Life Skills instruction to all 6th graders and to 7th and 8th graders upon request. Learning and Life Skills instruction focuses on all aspects of learning, from organization and time-management to the impact of self-regulation and mindset on long-term success.

Academic Resource Center
ARC is an after-school study center that provides a quiet work space, allows for access to school materials, is staffed by academic support staff, and facilitates faculty consultations. ARC staff is familiar with the school culture and curriculum and works closely with Student Services staff to best support students in attendance.

Hike Like a Girl

Lake Washington Girls Middle School’s outdoor program is one of the unique ways we offer our students opportunities beyond the classroom. Every summer, our teachers lead a variety of outdoor adventures, and any L-Dub student can sign up. We offer a rigorous financial aid package for these trips as we believe that every student should have the chance to experience the challenges and the excitement of living in a small group in the outdoors.

The scope of our outdoor education is expanding as we look for more opportunities to support the whole student. Our trips range from novice to advanced, and all expeditions expose our students to new environments and new outdoor and leadership skills. The outdoor program at LWGMS uses the principles of Leave No Trace in teaching students the skills for enjoying the backcountry and the outdoors. We cover all areas of outdoor education including basic first aid, water safety, cooking, map reading, and navigation in order for our girls to develop skills in environmental stewardship, self-confidence, self-sufficiency, community building, and leadership.

For beginners, we offer a trip to the Olympic National Park where students hike along the beautiful Washington coast and enjoy backcountry campsites with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. For intermediate adventures, students can sign up for a trip to Eastern Washington and spend a week enjoying the backcountry of Lake Chelan Recreational Area and into Stehekin, the heart of the North Cascades National Park. For the more advanced outdoor trips, we have offered backpacking in the Enchantments and in Glacier Wilderness as well as kayak expeditions in the San Juan Islands.