An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Lakeside’s pickup and drop-off guidelines help keep students safe, reduce Lakeside’s impact on our neighborhood, and make the best use of our available facilities. Please share these new guidelines with any person who drives your student, including older students.

  • Approach Lakeside campuses on 1st Ave. NE. Drivers heading to the Middle School should proceed along 1st Avenue NE and turn right on NE 135th to access the 7th/8th grade drop-off loop or NE 137th St. to access the 5th/6th grade drop-off loop. 
  • Use a pickup/drop-off loop.
    • Upper School: Use the loop next to Red Square. Do not use parking lots as a loop.
    • Middle School: Students in 5th and 6th grades should use the loop on NE 137th St., in front of the main office. Students in 7th and 8th grades should use the loop next to the field, accessed from NE 135th St. View the above graphic for details.
      • When accessing the 5th and 6th grade drop-off loop, families should make a turn onto NE 137th St. from 1st Ave. NE only, then proceed east bound, turn right into the Middle School drop-off loop. Please drop-off or pick up along the inner sidewalk. When leaving the parking lot, turn right only and leave via 3rd Ave. NE. Please do not use NE 135th St. as a way to get back on 1st Ave. NE.
      • When accessing the 7th and 8th grade drop-off loop, families should approach the parking lot located on NE 135th St. from 1st Ave. NE. Move all the way into the roundabout, and do not leave your car. Upon exiting the parking lot, make a right turn onto 1st Ave. NE. Please do not use NE 135th St. as a way to leave the neighborhood so to not compound 5th and 6th grade traffic.
      • Middle School families with students in multiple grades may decide with their students which pickup/drop-off loop to use.
  • Stay in your vehicle when in a loop. If you need to exit the vehicle, park it in a parking stall or legal on-street parking space.
  • Do not use adjacent streets to pick up or drop off students.

In general, we ask that you follow these laws and common-sense rules to help keep students safe and streamline the pickup/drop-off for parents and guardians.

  • Obey the 20-mph speed limit when children are present – especially before and after school.
  • Please drive slowly – no faster than 5 mph – in the loops.
  • In the loops, pull close to the curb so that vehicles can pass. If the car ahead of you exits before your student has arrived, please pull forward so others can enter the loop.
  • Do not let your car idle for long periods while in a loop.  
  • Park legally, and do not block driveways. Seattle’s municipal code states that there is no parking within five feet of a driveway, mailbox, or alley.
  • Do not park or drop-off in the designated bus zone (along NE 135th St.) before or after school.

For families that want to drop off students earlier in the morning, the Middle School building is open at 7:30 a.m. with the kitchen offering hot and cold breakfast items. After-school study hall in the library runs until 6 p.m. The Wright Community Center (WCC) at the Upper School is open from 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. and Pigott Memorial Library is open from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. (4 p.m. on Fridays).

We want to strongly encourage all families to consider alternatives to driving your student alone to school, including:

  • Carpool. To find families living near you, sign in to Veracross, click on “Online Directories” in the Portal Links section, choose the "Households" tab, and click on “Nearby Student Households.”
  • Sign up for our Metro custom bus program. There may be some spaces available on this year’s routes; contact custombusprogram@lakesideschool.org or 206-440-2941). Sign-up for the 2022-2023 academic year occurs in the spring.
  • Bike. Bike racks are available at both campuses. Some of our students bike throughout the year!