Foundation Funded Programs
Future Ready Skills
The Foundation invests in programs and initiatives that develop students’ skills and offer learning opportunities to students for their future success in work and life.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Classes and Programs
Funds from the Foundation give all elementary school students access to comprehensive online math support at school or at home, with unlimited practice questions and problems, aligned to state standards. Middle and high schools receive funds to use for robotics classes or after school robotics programs that teach design, construction and operation of robots to encourage interest in STEM.
AVID: Advancement through Individual Determination
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a dual-pronged approach to raising standards for all middle school students. This program uses a system of instructional strategies to support college-readiness school-wide and also provides an elective class that specifically targets students who might not be thinking about attending college, but could be successful there with some additional support.
Reaching for Success Grants
Reaching for success grants fund innovative educational projects at individual schools proposed by teachers or volunteers that enhance the district curriculum and actively engage students in learning at district elementary, middle and high schools.
Elementary students in Title 1 schools have the opportunity to explore and learn about STEM concepts with robotics equipment provided by the Foundation. High school robotics students mentor the elementary students and learn teaching and leadership skills.
Looking Into the Needs of Kids and Schools (LINKS)
LINKS mentors work on on one with K-12 students to engage, support and empower them to succeed in school. LINKS volunteers work as Lunch Buddies, Classroom Tutors and Academic Mentors. Providing extra support to students who need it, these volunteers support the district's goal that every student should find a place where they belong and can be successful. Volunteers support academic achievement (from math facts to algebra, geometry and AP Calculus), give confidence to students in developing relationships with others and help students acquire the academic and social skills needed for lifelong success. The Foundation has fully funded the LINKS program since 2008.
“The LINKS volunteers have been of service to RHS students during homeroom tutorial time and after school this year. Volunteers provided individual and group tutoring support to students from all backgrounds, including just-in-time intervention to get them ready for state testing. RHS hopes to continue this relationship with LINKS and is very grateful to the volunteer for opening a community-based pathway to student success.”
Redmond High School Teacher
"My Lunch Buddy is someone to talk about my weekend when no one else wants to hear about it."
* Names changed to protect student privacy
Quality Teaching and Leadership
The Foundation funds professional development, training and mentoring opportunities that support teachers and leaders in offering an academically rigorous education to all students.
New Teacher Support Program for Second Year Teachers
The Lake Washington School District is intensely focused on retaining the talented new teachers that come to work in our district. Teachers in their second year of teaching experience their biggest improvement in instruction to students when provided with focused learning opportunities. Funding from the Foundation allows LWSD to provide instructional coaches for second year teachers, who spend time co-teaching, modeling peer to peer support, observing, and mentoring each teacher in their group. One new teacher described having a mentor during his first two years of teaching as a “life-line”.
"I knew I was a teacher when I received numerous letters of appreciation from students indicating I had made a difference in their lives over the past school year. Most notable were several notes from students that I don’t have in my classes. I realized that simply being part of the school and encouraging students to do their best every day truly does inspire anyone that I interact with, even if we don’t see it in our normal daily routine. It feels great to know I have made a positive impact on so many students in my first year of teaching."
Inglewood Middle School