The district’s growing enrollment is evidence that LWSD attracts families to the area it serves in Kirkland, Redmond and Sammamish, Washington. To serve that growing enrollment, the district is "Building Excellence." That’s the district’s long-term plan to continue to build schools and to provide quality learning environments and experiences.
In February 2022 voters approved this levy to fund school construction to make sure our students have room to learn in our fast-growing district. This levy provides funding to build critical classroom space across our district:
- Due to change in enrollment since the levy passed, the plan to add a new elementary school on the Redmond Elementary campus was changed to rebuild and enlarge Rockwell Elementary. This change was approved by the LWSD school board. See the press release for more information.
- Additions at Finn Hill, Kirkland and Redmond middle schools, providing capacity for 600 more students.
- Additional high school capacity for about 1,200 more students.
- Acquisition of property for future schools.
In April 2019, voters approved a capital projects levy that provides:
- Classroom space for 1,052 students by providing additions at five schools for a total of 44 new classrooms.
- Expansion of commons and auxiliary gym space at Lake Washington High School (LWHS) and expansion of core facilities at the identified elementary schools where feasible.
- Student safety and security enhancements including exterior security cameras at all elementary schools and remodeled entryways at Redmond, Eastlake and Lake Washington High Schools to implement entry control systems.
The state does not provide funding for construction of new schools to accommodate student growth and provides limited funding for rebuilding aging facilities. Local districts are responsible for raising their own money and must use two primary sources for funding construction: Bonds and/or capital projects levies.
Due to rapid enrollment growth Lake Washington School District has run a number of ballot measures since 2010 in an effort to reduce overcrowding and address aging facilities.
Recent capital projects levies