LWHS wins Washington Achievement Awards in three categories

In all, fourteen schools in the district recognized with Washington Achievement Awards

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education (SBE) have announced that 186 schools across the state will be honored with 2011 Washington Achievement Awards. The list of schools includes 14 schools in Lake Washington School District. All award-winning schools will be honored during a ceremony on April 25 at Mariner High School in Everett.

“For three consecutive years, these awards have confirmed that we have great schools,” said Dr. Chip Kimball, superintendent. “Once again, the hard work of students, teachers and parents in Lake Washington School District shows in this year’s Washington Achievement Awards.”

Schools are recognized as top performers in seven categories: Overall Excellence, Language Arts, Math, Science, Extended Graduation Rate, Improvement and Closing Achievement Gaps. Some schools are honored in more than one of these categories.

Seven Lake Washington schools will be recognized for overall excellence: Audubon Elementary (Redmond), Juanita Elementary (Kirkland),Mann Elementary (Redmond), Rockwell Elementary (Redmond), Rosa Parks Elementary (Redmond), Eastlake High School (Sammamish) and Lake Washington High School (Kirkland). Five of these schools were recognized in 2010: Juanita Elementary, Mann Elementary, Rockwell Elementary, Rosa Parks Elementary and Eastlake High School. Mann Elementary and Eastlake High School have earned this recognition for the past three years.

Lake Washington schools also fared very well in science, with eight out of the 27 schools in this category statewide. Explorer Community School, Rockwell Elementary, Rosa Parks Elementary, Rush Elementary, Northstar Junior High, Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning, Stella Schola Middle School and International Community School all will be recognized in this category. Rockwell Elementaryand Rosa Parks Elementary will be honored for science achievement in addition to overall excellence. International Community School(Kirkland) will be honored in science for the third year in a row.

In addition, Juanita High School will be recognized for their extended graduation rate for the second year in a row. International Community School is also being recognized in this category.

Lake Washington High School is also being honored in two additional categories - Language Arts and Improvement.

Schools are selected for awards based on their statewide assessment data for the three previous years. This data is analyzed using the Achievement Index and methodology approved by both OSPI and the SBE. For more information, visit the Washington Achievement Awards section of the OSPI website.