An Independent School • Grades 5-12

All Lakeside School students, families, faculty, and staff are invited to a special celebration inaugurating the leadership of Dr. Kai Bynum, Lakeside’s 11th head of school, and the start of the 2022-2023 school year! This will be the first event introducing Bynum to the parent and guardian community.

The celebration will occur on the Upper School Quad on Sept. 1, from 4-7 p.m. A formal welcome from the chair of Lakeside’s Board of Trustees Tim Panos will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Lakeside will serve a free BBQ dinner buffet, with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, from 4:45-6:30 p.m. There will be music, games, and activities for kids and adults. Lakeside’s Parents and Guardians Association will host grade-level tents so that families make new connections and rekindle existing friendships. There will also be Lakeside School spirit wear for sale. RSVPS are not required to attend this all-community event. 

Gap care

Families of Middle School students attending this event should fill out a permission slip, which will be emailed to families directly. Students attending the event will walk with Lakeside teachers to the Upper School around 4 p.m. Parents and guardians should plan on meeting their child at the event.

Want to volunteer?

Parents and guardians who are interested in volunteering for this event can sign up here. Volunteer jobs will include help setting up, cleaning up, running a backpack check for student belongings, logowear sales, and runners. 


Carpooling, public transportation, and rideshares are encouraged. The carpool/rideshare drop-off location will be at the Red Square roundabout. Lakeside is accessible via multiple bus routes, including Metro 304, 306, and 347. Please consult Metro's trip planner to find your best route. 

On-campus parking lots will be first come, first served, and the field on the south side of campus (next to the portables) will be open for parking. Accessible parking spaces are located in the visitor parking lot next to Allen-Gates Hall and in the parking lot next to The Paul G. Allen Athletics Center. Please note that there is limited street parking in the area. We expect all members of our community to be considerate of our neighbors; Seattle’s municipal code states that there is no parking within five feet of a driveway, mailbox, or alley. There is no parking along 1st Avenue NE fronting the Middle School property, and NE 140th Street between 1st and 4th Avenues, where “no parking” signs appear. The city of Seattle regularly patrols these streets and tickets and/or tows illegally parked cars.

To find families that live near you who may be interested in carpooling, log into the Veracross family portal. Under “Portal Links,” click on “Online Directories.” Click on the “Households” tab and then on “Nearby Student Households (<10 mi).”