An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Back-to-school nights give parents and guardians a chance to walk through a typical school day based on their student’s schedule. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions that parents and guardians have about these events.

When are the back-to-school nights this year?

  • Upper School: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:15-9:10 p.m.
  • Middle School: Thursday, Sept. 19, 6:30-9:15 p.m.

What happens during the event?

  • Upper School Back-to-School Night starts with a welcome by administrators and the Student Government president that takes place in St. Nicholas Hall. Because the space tends to get crowded, the welcome is livestreamed into Kent Evans Auditorium in Allen Gates Hall.
  • Middle School Back-to-School Night starts with a welcome in the gymnasium.

For both campuses, parents and guardians go to their student’s advisory group after the welcome (make sure to check with your student about where their advisory group meets). After advisory, parents and guardians follow their student’s schedule to different classes. During the class “periods” faculty generally introduce themselves, give a brief overview of the class, and answer general questions. Please note that these events are not a time for individual conferences with teachers.   

What should I do if my student has a free period in their schedule?

Use the time as you see fit! Some ideas:

  • Meet and talk with administrators, athletics staff and program heads, and representatives from Global Service Learning, Service Learning, the Outdoor Program, and Summer School Programs in the Wright Community Center at the Upper School and dining room at the Middle School.
  • Visit the Middle School Brain and Learning Lab or the Upper School Learning Resources Center (attached to the library). Learn about these programs in advance on our student and family resource webpage
  • Grab some snacks (see below for locations).
  • Get to know other parents and guardians! It’s a great time to get to meet families of other students.

What should I do if I need an interpreter?

Interpreter services are available and can be arranged through Latasia Lanier, family support liaison, at or 206-440-2887.

What should I do if I have questions about transportation or accessibility?

Transportation support and accessibility information is available through Latasia Lanier, family support liaison, at or 206-440-2887.

What happens if I arrive late?

It is not a problem if you arrive late. We know that traffic can be challenging at this time of day.

  • Upper School: You can pick up your student’s schedule in front of (or in) Bliss Hall. If you arrive during the welcome, Kent Evans Auditorium in Allen Gates Hall will have a livestream from St. Nicholas Hall.
  • Middle School: Check in at front office and someone will guide you to the correct location.

Is space available for religious practice?  

The following spaces will be available for parents and guardians who need a quiet space to honor their religious and/or faith-based practices.

  • Upper School: Fix Hall’s conference room, on the lower level (same building as admissions).
  • Middle School: Small conference room next to the front office.

Is there child care?

Free child care will be available at Middle School Back-to-School Night.

  • For ages 4 through current 5th grade.
  • Upper School students and Lakeside faculty and staff will provide care.
  • Located in the Middle School dining room.  
  • No cost.
  • RSVP by Monday, Sept. 16.

Upper School: There will not be child care available during the Upper School Back-to-School Night but the student center (located next to the Wright Community Center) will be available for students. Please note that the space will not be actively supervised.

Will there be food available?


  • Upper School: Snacks are available in the Wright Community Center and in the library.
  • Middle School: Snacks are available in the dining room.

Where should I park?

Please park in designated campus parking lots. The temporary parking area on the field to the south of Allen Gates Hall at the Upper School will also be available for both Middle and Upper Back-to-School Nights. Do not park in front of the mailboxes or driveways of our neighbors. If possible, please carpool.