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  1. Academics
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  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
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  5. Clubs & Activities
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  6. Sports
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Lakeside School is a top rated, private school located in Seattle, WA. It has 838 students in grades 5-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 9 to 1. Tuition is $32,000 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 100% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$32,000
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid

Lakeside School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1440
143 responses
Average ACT
33
93 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 25 responses
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  • May day
    36%
  • Global Service Learning
    20%
  • Wilderness Trips
    16%
  • Friday Tailgates
    12%
  • Tolo and Olot Dances
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    4%
  • The spa during finals
    4%

Students

Diversity
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Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
838
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
9:1
National
17:1
Poll
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.13 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.13 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.13 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
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Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.17 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.17 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.17 responses
Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
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  2. Good for Families
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  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$72,428
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,462
National
$949
Median Home Value
$451,003
National
$184,700
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Lakeside School Reviews

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I'm currently finishing my fifth year at Lakeside, and I cannot emphasize enough how much I love it at this school. Driven, motivated, and kind students thrive in our tight-knit community. I feel so supported and cared for by the faculty and staff, and I've been given plenty of opportunities to contribute my voice towards the betterment of the school. I truly feel at home in this school, and I'm so grateful to the administration for all the hard work they put into cultivating a compassionate community. Yes, homework abounds, and yes, the students are quite competitive, but if you stay motivated and work hard you'll do just fine. As a student-athlete who will also be leading two clubs next year, I definitely have a jam-packed schedule, but as long as you can manage your time well, it's all doable! The skills I've learned and will continue to learn at Lakeside, alongside the fantastic academics, will serve me well in university and beyond.
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You'll find opportunities like no other at Lakeside with plenty of unique extracurriculars (such as crew or wrestling), service opportunities (esp. Global Service Learning where you spend a month abroad in another country), dedicated teachers and staff, and quality people.

Being an ultra-competitive school, it isn't rare for students to be sleeping after midnight. Teachers be like "we don't want you to be stressed" but also assign hours of homework each night… (you have been warned!)

On the bright side, colleges know about the rigor here, so a 4.0 GPA is really not the norm. Also we don't have AP courses, but we can take "Honors" classes which are usually at or above the AP level. Classes can be challenging so my one piece of advice would be: set good study habits, prioritize school starting freshman year!

Although I did have my ups and downs through my 7 years at Lakeside, in retrospect, if I were to go back in time to 5th grade, I would still choose to attend :)
Lakeside is an excellent school: it's well-run and they aim for equity among students (eg offering lots of financial aid, etc.) The teachers support their students well; I'm a student-athlete, so I am quite busy, but my teachers are happy to offer extensions and homework help. The curriculum is challenging and moves quickly, especially in language classes, but my language teacher is highly competent. Throughout the pandemic, the school has demonstrated great communication. I only have a couple complaints. First, unhealthy competition is pervasive throughout the school. I must overachieve to feel adequate. The mental health resources provided aren't enough to compensate for this. Next, the admissions process reeks of corruption, prioritizing connections and sibling relations. I'd wonder how some people got in based on their merit until I realized that they were a sibling, who are accepted at OVER 3x THE RATE of non-connected students (same for any important/rich people’s children).