An Independent School • Grades 5-12

See Inside a Classroom

What happens when engaged students are paired with inspiring teachers? Peek inside a classroom to find out.

The “try” in chemistry

Lakeside chemistry students are exploring open ended, inquiry-driven investigations. 

Middle School Drama: Design thinking

Seventh graders create custom costumes for faculty “clients” in an intensive design thinking project.

Upper School History: Diving into project-based learning

History teacher Katie Piper explores how meaningful, authentic projects drive learning.

Family food traditions in 5th grade humanities

Lakeside 5th graders started off the school year by researching and writing about family food traditions.

Upper School Science: Environmental responsibility

Science students studying ecology and engineering worked together to provide critical nesting habitats to vulnerable bird species.

Meet a Teacher: Alban Dennis

Drama teacher Alban Dennis prepares students to shine under the spotlight.

Personal development and wellness

Lakeside has reorganized and expended classes related to wellness and personal development into the new 5-12 department.

Upper School English: The Harkness method

Questions to get to the heart of the Harkness method

Studies in literature: Chaos Theory

Upper School English teacher Erik Christensen explains his syllabus. 

Middle School Digital Life: Students put media to the test

Middle School students learn news literacy in the age of fake news.

Meet a Teacher: Emily Chu

Upper School English teacher Emily Chu ’05 on how Lakeside’s mission-driven diversity and equity work plays out in her classroom.

Meet a Teacher: Caryn Abrey

A playground model in Upper School physiology

Middle School History: Imperfect heroes

What does it mean to stand up for what is right?

Literary explorations: A quest for queer literature

Upper School English teacher Lindsay Aegerter shares the inspiration for the course, and how students guide the curriculum. 

Upper School Photography: Photojournalism as truth-telling

Photography teacher Barry Wong teaches the power of photojournalism.

Upper School French: Real learning

Picture books that create opportunities for student learning

Advanced Physics: Applications in engineering

Follow the Advanced Physics class to a different classroom: the snowy trails of Snoqualmie Pass.

Meet a Teacher: Jillian Tsai

Jillian Tsai creates an immersive cultural experience in Middle School Chinese classes. 

Upper School Math: Folding in a lesson

Introducing students to mathematical skills and each other

Meet a Teacher: Granya O'Neill

Math teaching Granya O'Neill unlocks a passion for math in middle-schoolers