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The Reporter’s Education Directory provides Eastside families with resources about some of the top public and private choices in the area. From grade school through college, the information in this directory will inform families and their students about various schools’ history, accomplishments, missions and more.

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Northshore School District is learning into the future By Dr. Michelle Reid, Superintedent

The Northshore School District proudly provides a world-class public education to a diverse population in the greater Bothell-Kenmore community. Covering 60 square miles, the district comprises the cities of Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville and unincorporated areas of King and Snohomish counties. From a district population of 130,000 people, we expect to serve more than 21,000 students in 33 schools in the fall of 2017. With more than 3,000 employees, Northshore is one of the largest regional employers. More than 85 percent of our $246.4 million annual operating budget supports our employees, who in turn contribute to our local economy.

Reputation for excellence

Many families choose to relocate in Northshore because of the district’s reputation for excellence, with “Northshore schools” often listed as a selling feature for homes. Our graduation rate remains above 90 percent, and our students consistently score well above average on state and national tests. Opportunities for fine and performing arts, career and technical programs and co-curricular athletics and activities continue the tradition of excellence.

Forward-thinking strategic plan

An elected, volunteer five-member school board sets the goals and direction of the district; adopts policy; and hires and supervises the superintendent to administer district programs and operations. This year, we led a strategic planning process to set the district’s course for the next three to five years. The forward-thinking strategic plan that the board approved in June represents months of community conversations to help define clear strategic goals, determine how to measure them and identify instructional techniques that will bring them to life in the classroom. We are eager to begin implementing the strategic plan to ensure Northshore continues

“Learning into the Future!”

Commitment to equity

A cornerstone of the strategic plan is its commitment to equity, particularly crucial as our district becomes more diverse. With 94 home languages spoken, we are delighted to welcome new families to the district and to find innovative ways to meet the needs of each and every student. We treasure our diversity as an area of strength. In fact, this spring, Northshore became one of the first public school districts in the state to adopt an official diversity and equity policy. The policy emphasizes the district’s commitment to equity and diversity in concrete terms, from providing equitable opportunities for student success, to recruiting more diverse staff, to improving family engagement, to training teachers on culturally responsive and relevant practices, and more. As the policy says, “To fully realize our mission to educate all students, it is imperative we recognize the institutional barriers, including racism and bias, that contribute to the pervasive, disparate educational outcomes within our school system. We will take action to eliminate barriers as we strive for educational equity for all student groups.”

Careful growth management

With some of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Washington, Northshore continues to plan carefully to manage our increasing student population. In the fall of 2017, North Creek High School will open as the district’s fourth comprehensive high school. With NCHS open, each high school will have space to accept ninth graders, allowing our junior highs to shift to a grades 6-8 middle school model. Moving sixth graders from elementary to middle schools opens more elementary classroom space. We thank our supportive Northshore voters for approving the 2014 construction bond for NCHS as well as operations and technology levies that support our work with students districtwide.

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Cedar Park Christian School transforms hearts, minds Submitted by Cedar Park Christian

The mission of Cedar Park Christian Schools is “Transforming Hearts and Minds in a Decidedly Christian Community.” At CPCS we believe that instilling Christian values, traditions and loyalties as well as teaching critical thinking skills is at the heart of what Christian education is all about. Serving as the main campus, CPCS– Bothell Campus is a premier Christian school that strives to be Christ centered in every aspect of school life. The Bothell campus provides education in grades preschool through 12th grade and prepares students academically and spiritually with a Biblical worldview that helps them positively impact our world. Grade level enrollment ranges between 75 and 100 students. The Bothell campus is located in southeast Bothell, near the interchange of


Interstate 405 and Highway 522. CPCSBothell graduated its first senior class in 1999 and today, its alumni attend and thrive at universities around the United States and world. CPCS are a ministry and integral part of Cedar Park Church. The church and Bothell campus are located on 48 acres which include high school, middle school and elementary buildings as well as field turf playing surfaces for school and church programs. CPCS–Bothell offers Christian curriculum in traditional disciplines. Diploma types include college prep and honors college prep with a STEM emphasis available for each for students who desire it. College concurrent credit is offered through Northwest Nazarene University and Northwest University for any families desiring for their high school junior or senior to earn college credit while enrolled at CPCS. CPCS also offers a full array of extracurricular activities and programs at the elementary school, middle school

6 EDUCATION DIRECTORY 2017-18 and high school levels. These programs include athletics, robotics, choir, band, drama and speech and debate. CPCS–Bothell is a member of the Cascade Conference and participates in WIAA athletics at the 1A level. Programs include: Fall Sports Football Volleyball Boys and Girls Cross Country Girls Soccer Cheer Winter Sports Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Cheer

CWU-Sammamish opening this fall | Submitted by CWU Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino signed a lease with the city of Sammamish in March, allowing the university to begin offering educational programs in September at the site of the former Mars Hill Church. Under the terms of the new lease, CWU will provide Running Start programs in the vacant facility in Sammamish. Running Start allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to enroll in tuition-free college courses and earn both high school and college credits.

Spring Sports Baseball Fastpitch Track and Field Boys Soccer Boys and Girls Golf CPCS is purposefully one of the most cost effective private schools in the area. This pricing is done strategically so that as many families as possible are afforded the opportunity to experience Christian education. In addition to Bothell, Cedar Park Christian Schools also has campuses located in Bellevue, Lynnwood, Mill Creek and Mountlake Terrace.

For more information or to schedule a visit, please visit www.cpcsschools.com or call 425-488-9778.

Gaudino said the facility in Sammamish will complement CWU’s existing extended learning programs at its six existing University Centers, which include Lynnwood, Des Moines, Pierce County, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, and Yakima, as well as satellite operations in Everett and at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The president said these programs traditionally provide face-to-face, interactive television, and online classes. The flexible approach provides greater access to students, especially those who have work and family commitments. For more information, visit www.cwu. edu/sammamish or www.facebook.com/ CWUSammamish.

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Bear Creek provides a Christian liberal arts education Submitted by The Bear Creek School

The Bear Creek School is a national leader in classical Christian education. We provide a high-quality, Christian liberal arts education through an academically challenging, college preparatory curriculum that spans preschool through grade 12. A Christian liberal arts education teaches students specific information, content and skills — but it does not stop there. It also teaches students how to think wisely by cultivating a Christian worldview so students are prepared to engage the specific circumstances they encounter with wisdom, compassion and courage. Bear Creek was selected as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School in Exemplary High Performing category based upon overall academic excellence school-wide. “Bear Creek students learn to think through big ideas, to make appropriate moral judgments and to be broad enough to understand the world at large ... It’s vital that we keep the liberal arts, not to the exclusion of STEM, but because STEM without liberal arts is naked; it produces incomplete people,” said teacher Rob Sorensen. Our preschool and lower school curriculum is built upon proven brainbased and educational research. Students in grades K-4 benefit from advanced academics at every level, including

an accelerated progression in math, reading and writing beyond grade level. The curriculum was developed with intentionality in music, drama and art. Our early middle school program for grades five and six focuses on developing time management and decision-making skills, which applies to both academic and social situations and prepares students for their middle school and upper school years. The curriculum is intentionally planned to build a solid academic foundation, accelerate learning, provide a rich exposure to the arts, and develop strong character. The middle school years are predictably unpredictable, which makes working with students in grades seven and eight a unique experience. Our small, gender-separated core classes permit individualized attention from the teachers, which means that students feel both challenged and cared for at the same time. Fostering a healthy peer culture and inspiring confidence and enthusiasm are at the heart and soul of our middle school. Our upper school students pursue an intellectual adventure within an advanced course progression that captures the fullness of the liberal arts tradition. The school is located at 8905 208th Ave. N.E. in Redmond. Visit www.tbcs.org.

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foundational knowledge of their chosen field and a portfolio of work that helps them stand out among their peers. As such, DIT has advanced the digital entertainment and technology industries by preparing students to become skilled innovators and creators, both in the games industry and beyond. In addition to being credited on well over 1,000 popular game titles over the last 20 years, DIT alumni continue to advance the boundaries of what technology can accomplish. DigiPen is located at 9931 Willows Road in Redmond. Visit www.digipen.edu.

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7 things you must have in a top-notch Montessori school, and 5 things you don’t By Jennifer Wheelhouse, Head of School at Montessori Children’s House

If you’ve done your research, and I’m sure you have, you know that Montessori is a century old teaching method that “follows the child” – meaning it is child-centric, not teacher-centric. The benefits of this education-style are well documented, and often get your child on their way to be an entrepreneur (like Jeff Bezos of Amazon), a creative (like George Clooney, Beyonce Knowles and Dakota Fanning) or fresh, powerful voice in the world (Helen Keller and Anne Frank were Montessori children). But because the Montessori name is not trademarked, any school can choose to call itself a Montessori school without having any true Montessori roots. As the Head of School to one of the only American Montessori Society (AMS)-accredited schools, and named Best Preschool by 425 Magazine, people often ask me how to find the right school. To help your child get the most out of a Montessori education, there are some things you simply must insist on and other things you need to let slide. Must have 1) Accredited school – This guarantees authenticity and is completely brag worthy. At Montessori Children’s House (MCH), we are the only AMS-accredited Montessori school in Redmond and Sammamish, and one of six schools accredited in all of Washington state. 2) Montessori credentialed teachers – You should make sure all teachers are accredited through a Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)-accredited training program. But most importantly they should be credentialed at the level they teach. 3) Authentic Montessori materials – There are an array of necessary materials (scope and sequence of the curriculum is taught through these materials) that are necessary for each level. Make sure to visit an actual classroom to see what materials

are on the shelves. Typical Montessori materials are beautiful, hand-made and wooden. 4) Prepared environment – The classrooms should be setup to support the development of the ages of children they serve. They should be beautiful, peaceful and always stocked with the supplies and materials necessary for the age children working with the materials. 5) Multi-age classrooms – This is absolutely essential and standard required by the AMS. Children must be in three year age groups from 1-3 years old, 3-6 years old, 6-9, 9-12, 12-15 and 16-18. 6) Freedom within Limits – Children are allowed to move through the curriculum at their own pace but within limits, which means there are ground rules (grace and courtesy) within the classroom that are upheld. Teachers present lessons through a scope and sequence …which means that children can repeat any material they have been presented as often as they want. 7) Whole child nurturing – A Montessori experience is a whole child experience not just an academic experience. It is an educational model that prioritized the development of the whole child; cognitive, physical, spiritual and emotional. Let it go These are the things that you think you need to have in a beneficial Montessori environment, but the fact of the matter is, you don’t. 1) A cafeteria - A nice to have, not a need to have. At our Montessori school, students eat at child-sized tables with one to four friends; sit on the floor with mats or (on those cherished sunny days in the Pacific Northwest) picnics outside. And that’s totally fine. 2) Two hours of homework a night Homework does not make you smarter. Solidifying learning does. In a Montessori environment students may hear a lesson, do a hands-on project,

do a “deep dive” in small groups lead by the teacher and discuss it with fellow students. It’s learning on multiple levels and multiple mediums that drives the lesson home, not filling in a workbook. 3) Standardized testing - Everyone wants validation. But standardized testing has been shown time and time again to be a lesson in futility. How the students learns, acts, behaves and demonstrates on a daily basis is enough information to let your child’s teacher know how they’re doing. And they will share those observations with you whenever you want, but also probably twice a year. 4) Uniforms - Besides the fact that you can avoid the “Mom, I have nothing to wear!” conversation, it has been proven that wearing a uniform to school does not promote greater learning.

Your Local Guide to Everything Learning 11 5) Desks - Sitting at a desk, staring straight forward at a teacher giving a lecture does not mean that your child will be smarter. In fact, studies show that students who have the freedom to move around the classroom, or change up their environment, can learn more than those confined to desks. And if you’re worried that your child won’t sit at a desk when you switch schools, don’t worry. Montessori students, because of their freedom and emotional IQ, know when it’s time to sit and learn and when they can walk around.

Montessori Children’s House is an AMS-accredited school serving students from six months old to sixth grade. It is located at 5003 218th Ave. N.E. Visit www.MCHkids.com.


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6 reasons why Bellevue College has evolved into third-largest institution of higher education By Dr. Jerry Weber, Bellevue College president

With so many options for higher education in Washington state, it can be a challenge to decide which institution is the best place to invest your time, and money. Will your degree lead to a job in a high-paying field? Are the programs on top of industry trends? They’re important questions, and at Bellevue College (BC), we work hard every day to make sure the answer is a resounding yes. As a result, BC has evolved into the third-largest institution of higher education in Washington state. Here are six reasons why.

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BC’s impact provides a big return for our students, and for our local economy as well. BC partners with over 1,800 businesses to train 11,000 students every year, providing a skilled workforce to local businesses and industries. In a recent survey, 100% of employers said they’d recommend hiring BC students. Our students stay and work here in our community—more than three-fourths of all BC’s professional and technical graduates accept jobs in King County.

In the most recent 2016-17 college salary report by PayScale.com, Bellevue College ranked in the top 25 nationwide for midcareer salaries of community college alumni, with grads earning an average of $63,400 per year.


Bellevue College is an affordable alternative to tuition at a four-year institution – about one-third the average cost to attend one of Washington’s state colleges.

Highly Ranked Programs

Bellevue College’s programs are wellrespected and have received national recognition. Campus Explorer ranked the Interior Design program No. 7 nationally. Recently ValueColleges.com ranked BC as one of the top ten best colleges in Washington state for online learning, and our program for Ultrasound Technician was recognized as one of the best in the nation by AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org.

We are constantly refining and expanding our programs to connect students to high-wage, in-demand industries. In addition to our renowned associate, professional-technical degrees, and certificates, we now offer a total of 12 baccalaureate degrees including the newly launched Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and the Bachelor of Applied Science in Digital Marketing.

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Running Start

BC has a thriving Running Start program that serves over 1,900 high school students who come from 30 Washington school districts. The program allows students to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree from BC at no additional cost. There’s much more to explore, and I encourage you to visit our campus or website to discover why BC should be at the top of your college list.

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Lake Washington School District — building on success By Dr. Traci Pierce

This year is an exciting time for the Lake Washington School District. It is a time of growth, opportunity and success. We are breaking ground on new schools, beginning construction on schools, and getting ready to welcome a new class of kindergarteners in the fall — the Class of 2030! As we break ground on new schools, we are quite literally building on success. “Building on Success” is the name for our community developed, longterm plan to continue to build schools and classrooms and to provide quality learning environments and experiences for our students. Ongoing community support of our bonds and levies helps the district provide high quality educational experiences for all students. The district’s strategic plan outlines the ideals, values and strategic goals that guide


the work toward achieving our mission and vision to graduate students future ready. Lake Washington’s graduation and college entrance rates are among the highest in the state. In the 2016-17 school year, 30 schools in Lake Washington earned a total of 73 state-level Washington Achievement Awards, the most of any district in the state. In addition, for the third straight year, the College Board named Lake Washington to its annual AP Honor Roll, a distinction given to only six school districts in the state and 433 in the nation. During the 2016-17 school year, Lake Washington earned national recognition for its “green” cleaning efforts, meritorious budget efforts and our community partnership with Youth Eastside Services. As superintendent, I am proud of the district’s accomplishments. Great communities make great schools, and it is only through the support of parents, community members and city and business leaders that we can experience such success as a district and accomplish our mission and vision for students.



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Celebrating 50 years. It’s what the Overlake School community is rallying around this year. Starting from its humble beginnings in the Redwood Manor in 1967, The Overlake School started with a vision where “capable students can be challenged by creative teaching with a challenging curriculum, and where close personal relationships and small classes are the essential parts of the foundation of the school.” That vision is still the experience of Overlake students today. Nestled in the hills off Redmond Road, the early school was transformed from a working farm in 1972. Visitors to Overlake marvel at the natural beauty of our campus. They often comment on how well the facilities complement the surrounding environment. Our white buildings set off by the green forest have the look of a small college campus. But more important the outside

aesthetic, is the work that happens inside classrooms, on the stage, on the courts and on the playing fields. At Overlake, students are challenged to think deeply and to test assumptions all within an environment that is safe and supportive. Beginning in fifth grade, students are asked to take on the responsibility for their own learning. They are taught how to manage relationships with faculty in order to prepare for college life and beyond. With an emphasis on Service Learning and Experimental Education, students’ personalized education remains at the center of our philosophy. An Overlake education develops interesting people who go on to do interesting things. In the next year, The Overlake School will observe several events marking the accomplishments of our past 50 years. We hope that you’ll join us in celebrating everything that makes The Overlake School so special. The school is located at 20301 N.E. 108th St. in Redmond. Visit www.overlake.org.

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Enrich your life with an expressive outlet by studying the visual arts. Squak Art Studio offers weekly classes in a variety of 2-D media, catering to most ages and all experience levels. Summer camps offer kids ages 7-17 a great space for creativity throughout the day. The casual, social environment helps artists discuss their work and share ideas with each other. Visual art helps many to unwind after work or school, while others enjoy it as a way to connect with their friends and family. Find out what our painting and drawing courses can do for


you. Media taught: Graphite, Charcoal, Colored Pencil, Pastel, Watercolor, Acrylics, and Oils. Skill levels and ages: Beginning to advanced, 7 years old to adult. Workshop-style classes range from one to three hours, Tuesday through Saturday. Supplies included. Extensive but flexible lesson plan covering many themes, styles and movements. Students first learn to depict what they see, and then to create what they want to see. Squak Art Studio is located at 240 NW Gilman Blvd., Suite E-F, in Issaquah. For more information, visit www.squakart.com/ studio or call 425-677-7622.


Cascadia is the state’s specialist in two-year academic transfer degrees | by Cascadia College Cascadia College in Bothell is the state specialist in two-year academic transfer degrees. Students can earn an associate degree at Cascadia, then transfer their credits to complete their bachelor’s degree at a fouryear institution. Students from Cascadia go on to universities across the state and throughout the country. The college offers associate of arts degrees in business, engineering, natural and physical sciences, technology, nursing, sustainable practices, and integrated

studies, a bachelor’s degree in sustainable practices, and a blended enrollment program with Bastyr University leading to bachelor’s degrees in exercise science, human biology, psychology and nutrition with culinary arts. Cascadia shares its modern, green campus with University of Washington Bothell. Students enjoy small classes, outstanding faculty, caring staff, full access to the world-class University of Washington library, a new student activities and recreation center and convenient public transportation. For a tour schedule, contact outreach@cascadia.edu or visit our website at www.cascadia.edu


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If you have ever wanted to get into the technology field but have been confused or stymied by the requirements of a two-year or a four-year degree, Olympia University of Business and Technology (OUBT) offers a 10-month option. Technology evolves and changes rapidly. This causes employers to constantly rethink whom, where and how they recruit; how they can use technology to substitute for skills, not just personnel; and how they adapt their ways of working. OUBT is nimble in its approach to training and uses experienced industry practitioners, thus guaranteeing students training in the current and usable technologies companies need today. OUBT is a nonprofit organization offering a stellar learning and training program to people who want to develop their careers and grow as part of the high paying IT industry. The program offers a quick way to gain an entry level position as a technology knowledge worker. Candidates come from all walks of life: working, unemployed, underemployed, anyone who is motivated to upgrade their career into the technology field but cannot take the time and expense for a two or four-year degree. “Once the students matriculate from the class and achieve certification, then they can be considered for a six-month internship with CodeSmart, or one of our customers. Should the candidate perform exceptionally well through an internship, we have something well planned for that too,” said Mark Meyer, the president of CodeSmart and the founder of OUBT. Meyer goes on to explain, “We developed our training program after doing much market research into existing

training and education opportunities for technology careers. Our approach provides the three bases any employer looks for in technology-worker candidates. 1. Training, 2. Validation of that training (via independent certification), 3. Work experience (gained though our internship program). We have not seen many other programs that offer the same trifecta to students.” Currently, OUBT offers its learning and training programs in Olympia and Bellevue. Tacoma and Seattle sites will be added by Q4 of 2017. Please visit www.oubt.org or call 360208-0560 to apply as a student or for more details on the current and upcoming programs and campuses.

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Students, advisors say they are big fans of Gibson Ek

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Students at the new Gibson Ek High School that opened this year were full of praise for the school’s revolutionary new

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learning system. The “Innovative High School,” as Learning Through Interest Coordinator David Berg refers to it, allows students to design their own learning plan based on their interests, hobbies and planned career path. Two days a week, students will leave campus and get out into the working world, where they will work in internships that are in their field of study. The idea is that students will be more focused and better prepared for college and their careers if they can take classes that are meaningful for their futures, rather than classes that simply round out a checklist. Instead of earning letter grades, students four times per year design and present projects for evaluation. They do not have to take any required classes for credits, but they do need to meet five overall competencies — empirical reasoning, quantitative reasoning, communication, social reasoning and personal qualities — to graduate at the same level as other Washington students. Gibson Ek’s goal is “to engage them in things they are passionate and curious about,” Principal Julia Bamba said. “It’s real-world, project-based learning.” “It’s hands-on learning,” described Teagan Servais, 15. “If I actually go and do it, make mistakes and try again, I’m more likely to remember how to do it.” Walking through Gibson Ek is experiencing an environment where the

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Innovation Space blends sewing machines and a fume hood in a room that is at once art lab and science lab, and the lunch room can also be a school meeting space or theatre; in other words, there are as few walls as limits. “This is a space for everyone to use. It isn’t one space,” Berg said. During afternoon advisory period — Gibson Ek’s version of a lesson in a classroom — students gathered in groups in the Innovation Space creating projects to beautify the school. Dahm and her friends planned out how to make a fish tank for the space, while Yerges and her friend Kat Bradford, 15, were busy working out how to cover the ceiling lights with colored fabric. Because the lamps are too high up to measure, the girls had to use math to figure out the precise calculations. “We had to use math to find the angle [of the light],” Bradford explained. “You can relate to this math. You know how you can use it in real life.” For more information about Gibson Ek, call 425-837-6352.

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constraints of traditional schooling have been shaken off. At Gibson Ek, instructors are called by their first names, students pass freely through undefined open spaces that fill multiple roles, and kids only do as much homework as they need to complete their individual goals. Fourteen-year-old Maria Meadows called the school “more relaxed.” “We can work at our own pace,” Meadows said. “When you feel like you’re done, you’re done.” “I feel really content with how it’s already going,” said Emily Dahm, 14. “I feel like I have more purpose.” Students couldn’t help comparing Gibson Ek with the more standard schools they were used to, but not one of the students who spoke to the Reporter expressed a preference for the traditional way of education. “I love Gibson Ek. It’s way better than all the other schools I’ve been to,” Megan Richins, 13, was quick to say. “During project work time, we get to do what we want … and there’s a really nice sense of community.” Mira Sickinger, 14, wants to study biology, but said in her previous classes, “we spent a lot of time getting into the nitty-gritty of things that don’t really matter.” “If math or science would go too slow or too fast or you just didn’t understand the way they were taught, there wasn’t an option for you,” Servais said. Advisor Mitra Kundu, who had been a science teacher at the former Tiger Mountain High School, appreciates how small and tight-knit Gibson Ek is. With just 120 students and 11 staff members, the school presents a much different vision from other schools in the area that are bursting with population. “I have seen the benefits of working with a community in a small class,” Kundu said. “What I’ve observed is, if you have a small number of students, you can not only communicate but connect.” Even the school’s setup reflects its unusual learning environment. Glass walls and open doors add fluidity and blend different advisory groups together. The


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Student achievement is top priority for Snoqualmie Valley School District Submitted by Snoqualmie Valley School District

The Snoqualmie Valley School District, located in the scenic Cascade Mountain foothills, encompasses over 400 square miles, serving families in Snoqualmie, North Bend, Fall City and surrounding areas of unincorporated King County. The district offers high quality education to approximately 6,900 students in 12 schools. Student achievement is the district’s top priority to ensure all students are prepared for college, careers, and citizenship. Snoqualmie Valley schools offer rigorous academic curriculum, career education

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training, a broad range of extracurricular experiences, extensive technology resources, hands-on STEM education, and student support services, in a positive and safe environment. The district has an unwavering commitment to school improvement and views great teaching as the key to educational excellence. Educators receive progressive professional development, instructional coaching from peer mentors, and in-depth technology training, to help them maximize the potential of students. In recent years, assessment results and the number of students choosing more rigorous academic courses have trended upward. The graduation rate for the Class of 2016 was 91 percent districtwide (95 percent at Mount Si High School). Snoqualmie Valley has earned the prestigious AP Honor Roll distinction from the College Board for six consecutive years for increased student participation and performance on rigorous collegelevel Advanced Placement exams. Mount Si High School’s jazz band has been recognized among the top 15 high school bands in the nation at the Essentially Ellington Festival in New York, for the past four years. And, Mount Si High School was named to 2016 Best High Schools lists by US News & World Report and Newsweek magazines. Thanks to the community’s support of a $244 million school bond in 2015, the district is continuing to expand and improve its school facilities to better serve a growing student population. In 2016, a new elementary school, Timber Ridge, opened on Snoqualmie Ridge and stateof-the-art security systems were installed throughout Snoqualmie Valley schools. Construction is currently underway to completely rebuild and expand Mount Si High School. By fall of 2019, the new school facility will be ready to serve grades 9-12. Strong community support, coupled

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with the daily efforts of exceptional staff, make the Snoqualmie Valley School District a very special place for children to grow and learn. To learn more about Snoqualmie Valley schools, explore the district website at:www.svsd410.org, visit a school, or stop by the district’s historic administration building, located at 8001 Silva AVE SE, Snoqualmie.


46910 S.E. Middle Fork Road, North Bend http://tfms.svsd410.org (425) 831-4150 Mount Si High School 8651 Meadowbrook Way S.E., Snoqualmie http://mshs.svsd410.org (425) 831-8100

Cascade View Elementary School 34816 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie http://cves.svsd410.org (425) 831-4100

Mount Si High School Freshman Campus 9200 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie http://mshs.svsd410.org (425) 831-8450

Fall City Elementary School 33314 S.E. 42nd Street, Fall City http://fces.svsd410.org (425) 831-4000

Two Rivers School 330 Ballarat Ave. N., North Bend http://trs.svsd410.org (425) 831-4200

North Bend Elementary School 400 E. Third St., North Bend http://nbes.svsd410.org (425) 831-8400 Opstad Elementary School 1345 Stilson Ave. S.E., North Bend http://oes.svsd410.org (425) 831-8300 Snoqualmie Elementary School 39801 S.E. Park St., Snoqualmie http://ses.svsd410.org (425) 831-8050 Timber Ridge Elementary School 34412 S.E. Swenson Drive, Snoqualmie http://tres.svsd410.org (425) 831-3825 Chief Kanim Middle School 32627 Redmond-Fall City Road, Fall City http://ckms.svsd410.org (425) 831-8225 Twin Falls Middle School

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UW Bothell ranked among the best in the Pacific Northwest for quality, affordability and outcomes | By University of Washington Bothell The University of Washington Bothell provides access to the excellent UW educational experience. Students bring innovative ideas and a passion for discovery to a campus community that prides itself on its cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach to research, teaching and community engagement. From the moment they become a Husky, UW Bothell students are welcomed into a small campus environment that fosters academic achievement. About 75 percent of faculty engage

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undergraduate students in relevant research resulting in real-world solutions that improve lives across our region and around the globe. Staff and faculty also empower students to engage in leadership opportunities on campus and create positive change through the university’s regional and international partnerships. UW Bothell’s approach to teaching and research gives students access to more than 130 community partners. Recent projects have provided business, technology and public policy solutions for local health care systems, high-tech and accounting firms, the King County Prosecutor’s Office and school districts throughout King and Snohomish counties. By the numbers: 5,300 undergraduate and graduate students. The average class size is 27. 70 percent of first year students are from diverse backgrounds. About half of the university’s students are first in their families to earn a four-year degree. More than half of UW Bothell students graduate with zero debt. In the 2016-17 academic year, more than 200 companies participated in campus events to meet, advise and recruit UW Bothell students. UW Bothell alumni are almost 20,000 strong. One year after graduation, UW Bothell alumni with bachelor’s degrees report an average salary of $54,498 — more than any other public college or university in the state of Washington. *Source: 2015 Education Research & Data Center

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Nine out of 10 UW Bothell alumni live and work in the state of Washington. Through its five schools, UW Bothell offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates and concentrations. In the 2016-17 academic year, the university conferred degrees in its three newest programs: physics, educational studies, and gender, women and sexuality studies. At any given time — on campus, online or in the community — you might find a computer science student working with a law, economics and public policy student on game development, a group of electrical engineering and nursing and health studies students collaborating on a team project or an educational studies student presenting research at an international conference. UW Bothell is also in a select position to accelerate students into high-demand careers in cybersecurity. It is home to the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, and through CIAC, the UW has been designated by the National Security Administration as a center for academic excellence in research and in

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cyber defense education. UW Bothell offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cybersecurity. The center also helped place 10 students in cybersecurity internships with T-Mobile in 2017; nine were offered jobs with the company. This year, UW Bothell students and administration opened a diversity center, launched a veteran’s life initiative and held its third annual, public Equity and Inclusion Conference. In addition to the Discovery Hall science and technology building, which opened in 2014, students from across all five schools have access to a living laboratory in the campus wetlands and The Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory. Campus life for commuter and residential students has been enhanced over the past five years by the construction of a new activities and recreation building as well as a sports complex. UW Bothell prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond. Visit www.uwb.edu/admissions/apply for more information.

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