An Independent School • Grades 5-12


Working together on behalf of all of our students

A welcome message from Head of School Dr. Kai Bynum

Welcome to Lakeside School! We are delighted that you are interested in learning more about our vibrant community, where we believe in the collective power of compassion and curiosity.

Our mission anchors the work of our school in nurturing creative minds, healthy bodies, and ethical spirits in our students. At Lakeside, we believe that a good school goes beyond strong academics, so we provide a rigorous and well-rounded educational program within which effective educators guide and support our students in taking responsibility for their learning. Through academics, arts, athletics, Global Service Learning, local community engagement, and leadership opportunities, Lakeside offers a supportive environment for our students to explore their passions and achieve their goals. We understand that each student is unique, and we respect and celebrate the diversity that enriches our campus.

We are rooted in Seattle’s culture and diverse communities. Our school strives to be accessible to any student who aspires to be part of Lakeside, and admitted students receive whatever financial aid is necessary for them to fully participate. This commitment contributes to the distinctive energy and life of our school, and it drives our efforts to foster an environment where everyone feels they belong.

It is from this platform that we envision how our students can realize lives of purpose, meaning, and happiness beyond our campuses. We want to inspire their passions and ideas, their interests and hopes, and, in doing so, help them imagine how they can have a positive impact on this world.

I love our students and teachers, and I believe that interacting with them in person is the best way to get to know our community and culture. They tell the story of who we are better than these words can convey. I hope you enjoy learning more about Lakeside and I look forward to seeing you on campus soon.


Kai Bynum

A formal portrait of head of school Kai Bynum, in suit and tie, smiling slightly against a leafy tree background

Learn more about Kai Bynum in the summer 2022 Lakeside Magazine