An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Middle School

Middle School

Food and eating are an important part of every student’s day. Because we believe that students must eat well in order to learn to the best of their abilities, Lakeside Middle School’s dining room is open for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks.

Healthy meals are prepared fresh each day by our kitchen staff, and feature a variety of flavors. Typical lunch specials include tandoori chicken with spiced potatoes and green beans, chicken gumbo, and the always-popular grilled cheese and tomato soup. Led by a professional chef, our kitchen staff sources as many ingredients as possible from local sustainable farmers and producers. Vegetarian alternatives are always available, and food is labeled to help students manage food allergies.

In addition to prepared food, the kitchen offers soups, sandwiches, healthy snacks, and a salad bar. Many students regularly bring food from home, and a microwave is available for student use.

Lunch clean-up at the Middle School is a community event. All students are expected to clean up after themselves, and sort their waste into trash, recycling, and compost bins. Two to three times a year, students work in their advisory groups to wipe down tabletops, sweep the floor, and take out the recycling after the last lunch period.

Student Voices

I like that there's a wide variety of choices all the time. We have Meatless Mondays, then whatever Tuesday through Friday, different soups, salad bar, fruit bar. There's something different every day. I think that's pretty unique. And healthy.– Bennett D. '17

Upper School

Upper School

Lakeside Upper School’s kitchen and dining hall are located in the Wright Community Center, which is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Students can access the dining hall whenever they have a free period, and all students are scheduled for one of three lunch periods between 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Healthy meals are prepared fresh each day by our kitchen staff, and feature a variety of flavors. Typical lunch specials include chicken vindaloo, parmesan-lemon sole with ginger carrots, and the always-popular chili bar. Led by a professional chef, our kitchen staff sources as many ingredients as possible from local sustainable farmers and producers, and prepares them on site. Vegetarian alternatives are always available, and food is labeled to help students manage food allergies.

In addition to prepared food, the kitchen offers soups, sandwiches, healthy snacks, and a salad bar. Many students regularly bring food from home, and microwaves are available for student use. Upper School clubs conduct food sales throughout the year, providing another way for students to grab a snack.

All students are expected to clean up after themselves and sort their waste into trash, recycling, and compost bins. Once a year, students work in their advisory groups to wipe down tabletops, sweep the floor, and take out the recycling at the end of the day.

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