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Lakeside School is a private/independent school located in the Haller Lake neighborhood at the north city limits of Seattle, Washington for grades 5–12. Famous alumni include Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen. In 2018, school review website Niche ranked Lakeside School the best school in Washington state and the 6th best school in the United States[2].

Lakeside School
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Seattle, Washington
United States
Type Private/Independent
Motto Tibi Seris, Tibi Metis
(As You Sow, So Shall You Reap)
Established 1919
Locale Suburban
Headmaster Bernie Noe
Faculty 111
Grades 5-12
Enrollment 858
Student to teacher ratio 9:1
School color(s) Maroon & Gold          
Mascot Lion
Rival O'Dea High School and Seattle Preparatory School
Newspaper The Tatler
Yearbook The Numidian
Endowment $188 million[1]
Annual tuition $33,280
Religious Affiliation None



Lakeside School was developed in 1919 by Frank G. Moran as Moran-Lakeside School on the shores of Lake Washington in the Denny-Blaine neighborhood of Seattle. In 1923 the school was incorporated and renamed to Lakeside Day School. In 1923, it moved to the present site of The Bush School in Washington Park. In 1930, Lakeside moved to its newly constructed campus at its current location. It became coeducational upon merger with St. Nicholas School, a Capitol Hill private girls' school, in 1971.[3]

Global Service LearningEdit

Established in the summer of 2005, the school's Global Service Learning Program, commonly referred to as GSL aims at helping students look at the world from a different point of view while helping the underprivileged around the world. In 2005, students visited India, Peru, and China; in the summer of 2006 students travelled to Peru, China, Morocco, and the Dominican Republic. In the summer of 2007, 86 Upper School students traveled to Peru, China, Morocco, India, and the Dominican Republic. This list grew to include Senegal as an option for the 2009 summer trips (removed in 2015 due to the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa), Ecuador for the 2013 summer trips, Thailand for 2014, and the Dominican Republic for 2015. The Middle School opened its first Global Service Learning Program for seventh graders with trips to the Makah Indian Reservation on Neah Bay in the summer of 2006; it sent an eighth grade trip to Costa Rica every summer between 2007 and 2014. It also began a trip for sixth graders to Broetje Orchards in the summer of 2010. In 2015, it implemented week long GSL trips around the Pacific Northwest for 8th graders. Students visited Cloud View Farms, the Quinault Reservation, Vernonia, Elwha, the Makah Reservation and Broetje Orchards. [4]

The Global Service Learning Program is one piece of a broad change in curriculum and administrative policies aimed at increasing diversity. The school has focused on, in recent years, its role as an elite prep school and its desire for diverse viewpoints and backgrounds of its curriculum, faculty, and students.

Lakeside students have the opportunity to study abroad during their junior year of high school through schools called School Year Abroad, the Mountain School, the High Mountain Institute, the Maine Coast Semester, and CityTerm. Students may apply in the winter of their sophomore year to spend part of their junior year at one of these schools.

Lakeside has a long tradition in engaging students in global affairs. In 1984, Lakeside students competed against students at Moscow School #20 in a chess match relayed by Telex. The event was one of the first of its kind. A yearly exchange program with Moscow School #20 began in 1986, the first such regular American-Soviet school exchange in the country. Since 1984, the schools have been sister schools.

Student lifeEdit

Lakeside has many student-initiated and led clubs, such as the Chess Team, the Acafellas and Bellas (a cappella groups), Amnesty International, Ethics Bowl, and Imago (a literary magazine).[5] Other aspects of student life include the Affinity Groups, like the Black Student Union, GLOW (Gay Lesbian Or Whatever, a Gay Straight Alliance club), MIxED (Multicultural Initiators EXperiencing and Encouraging Diversity), Lakeside Asian-Pacific Students, and Sí Se Puede (a support network for Latin American students).[6] The number and nature of clubs changes each year as student interests change.[7]


A large athletics program offers golf, football, soccer, volleyball, crew, wrestling, baseball, basketball, tennis, swimming, diving, lacrosse, cross country, and track and field as well as a strength and conditioning program.[8] The 2013-2014 boys' soccer team won the WIAA state championship in the 3A division.[9] The 2014 girls' swim team won the 3A WIAA state championship for the first time in school history, and won the 2015 state championship as well.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "The Gift That Keeps on Giving". Lakeside School. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  2. ^ "2018 Best High Schools in America". Niche. Retrieved 2018-04-10. 
  3. ^ "Lakeside School ~ School History". 1910-01-11. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  4. ^ "Lakeside School ~ Global Service Learning". Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  5. ^ "Clubs". Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  6. ^ "Clubs". Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  7. ^ "School Life- Student Clubs". Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  8. ^ "Athletics- Teams". Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  9. ^ "Champions: Boys' Soccer Wins First WIAA State Crown". Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  10. ^ Bill Gates - Lakeside School, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2005 
  11. ^ "Timeline: Bill Gates". NPR. 2008. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-20. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  13. ^ Feder, Barnaby J. (2008-05-04). "Prepping Robots to Perform Surgery". The New York Times. 
  14. ^ "High-tech investment helps wildlife". USA Today. 2001-01-24. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  15. ^ Lim, Paul J. (1995-08-15). "Microsoft Alums Just Starting To Make Their Mark". The Seattle Times. 
  16. ^ Maria Eitel, Huffington Post, 2013, retrieved 2013-05-11 
  17. ^ Maria Eitel (speaker) (2013-05-09). 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award: Maria Solandros Eitel '80 (Vimeo). Seattle: Lakeside School. 
  18. ^ "Woodchuck Nation". The New York Times. 1997-11-16. 
  19. ^ "Duncan Atwood, former javelin star for the University of..." UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 

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