Lakeside School is an independent, coeducational day school for grades 5-12 in Seattle. The mission of Lakeside School is to develop in intellectually capable young people the creative minds, healthy bodies, and ethical spirits needed to contribute wisdom, compassion, and leadership to a global society. We provide a rigorous and dynamic academic program through which effective educators lead students to take responsibility for learning.
The personal development program at Lakeside Middle School teaches students about the development of the adolescent brain, body, and mind. Through learning about current neuroscience research on decision-making and reflecting on their own values, students come to a greater understanding of what they believe and why. They also learn about and practice interpersonal skills—how they communicate and interact with others.
Outdoor Program. Through outdoor education, students learn new skills, gain self-confidence, reflect on their responsibility to the natural world, and build meaningful relationships in a way rarely possible in a traditional classroom setting. Upper School students have a wide range of trips from which to choose, including backpacking, cross-country skiing, whitewater rafting, canoeing, sea kayaking, and mountaineering. The majority of trips take place within driving distance of Seattle, providing students with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the Pacific Northwest.
Global Service Learning. Lakeside Upper School’s Global Service Learning (GSL) program combines service learning with cultural immersion, inspiring and empowering students to be agents of change. Students participating in GSL live for a month in rural areas of the developing or near-developing world. After a week of on-campus learning about the culture, language, and economic and environmental context of their country, students and adult trip leaders travel to communities where they live until the end of their trip. Recent locations include the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, India, Morocco, Nicaragua, Tanzania, and Thailand.
Top colleges attended by students
Bucknell University, Penn State, NYU, Columbia University, Lehigh University, Kenyon College, Trinity College, Tufts University, Purdue University, CalTech, Stanford University, Villanova University, American University, Bates College, Mt. Holyoke, William & Mary University
What the school looks for in students…
“Lakeside students are scholars, athletes, artists, musicians, community-service volunteers, entrepreneurs, and much, much more. They have an appreciation for excellence, respect for their peers, and a commitment to taking responsibility for learning.”