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Lakeside School

Private K-12 School

Mailing Address
14050 1st Avenue NE
Seattle, Washington 98125
Phone
(206) 368-3600
School Information
"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. "We are committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community and in the joy and importance of lifelong learning." The school enrolls 875 students, has an average class size of 17 students, and offers over 130 courses at the Upper School level. (Source: https://www.lakesideschool.org/about-us/mission-and-values) (Source: https://www.lakesideschool.org/about-us/fast-facts)
General Information
Lakeside School announced, "Lakeside’s teachers participate in ongoing education and training in the areas of diversity and equity in curriculum and teaching practices. We strive to foster inclusive and equitable classrooms..." The school also said, "We have developed and communicate regularly about an extensive catalogue of professional development opportunities, websites, articles, and books for faculty to use to investigate their implicit biases and evaluate their curriculum and pedagogy (teaching practices)."

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The school announced, "We have developed and communicate regularly about an extensive catalogue of professional development opportunities, websites, articles, and books for faculty to use to investigate their implicit biases and evaluate their curriculum and pedagogy (teaching practices). All faculty engage in professional development in the areas of inclusion, equity, and justice, and submit reflections on how they use an inclusive pedagogy in their teaching. In 2020-2021, the diversity, equity, and inclusion team is leading a schoolwide professional development program focused on connection and intergroup dialogue; recent professional development topics for faculty included white privilege, equitable grading, and the impacts of redlining."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The school said, "Lakeside will roll out a reporting tool and system that enables students and adults to report incidents of racial bias and aggression. This is the result of a year’s worth of work by the employee oversight committee, including sessions with experts and educational leaders in equity and inclusion work to collect information about strategies and pitfalls related to employee oversight. One takeaway was the challenges that students and adults of color face in reporting racial bias and aggressions. The team reviewed reporting systems that other educational institutions have in place and developed one for Lakeside that is aligned with our culture and values. The focus will be on support and helping build our community as a safe space."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The school stated, "Lakeside’s teachers participate in ongoing education and training in the areas of diversity and equity in curriculum and teaching practices. We strive to foster inclusive and equitable classrooms..."
Symbolic Actions
  • On August 6, 2020, Lakeside posted a letter on its Facebook page, outlining its plans to integrate anti-racism in its curriculum.
  • On August 5, 2020, Lakeside tweeted a letter discussing its commitments to becoming an anti-racist school.
  • On June 5, 2020, Lakeside posted a letter from the Student Government president on Facebook, responding to the death of George Floyd and others. This post was also featured on its Twitter account.
  • On June 1, 2020, Lakeside announced on Facebook, “We cannot and must not turn away from realities such as racism and the continuing violence against Black people in our country.” This post was also featured on its Twitter account.
  • On July 23, 2020, Lakeside featured a faculty member who created a work titled, “Racism” on Instagram.
  • On July 15, 2020, Lakeside spotlighted on Instagram a faculty member who works in “student equity.”
  • On July 10, 2020, Lakeside released a statement on Instagram, saying it is dedicated to resolving “systemic racism and bias.”
  • The school has a list of terms and definitions for concepts such as "equity" and "anti racist."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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