One of the oldest schools in Kirkland, founded in 1907 and last modernized in 2005, Juanita is a diverse school with…More almost half the student body Asian, Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Black. A traditional elementary school that is academically strong, Juanita's students consistently score above state averages in standard state tests and above district averages in many, with strong scores particularly in reading and math.
The school offers the Quest program for highly capable students, and used a state grant to integrate an arts program into its curriculum. It has also developed a Life Skills program to improve student behavior.
Recognizing its diversity, Juanita serves as one of the Lake Washington district's satellite schools for the English Language Learners program.
One of two public high schools in Kirkland, Juanita was founded in 1971 as an open-concept program with large class…More spaces surrounding work centers. In recent years the emphasis has shifted toward a comprehensive approach to prepare students for post-secondary education, with a focus on critical thinking and college readiness. The school has adopted a mission based on acceptance of differences and an innovative spirt to prepare students for the local and global communities.
Juanita participates in the Running Start and UW in the High School programs to allow students to earn college credit, and its scores in standard state tests and college aptitude tests are consistently above state averages and comparable to school district averages.
One of the few high schools in the region with a swimming pool and diving facilities, Juanita boasts a storied athletic history. The Rebels captured state football titles in 1984 and '85, a girls basketball title in 1984, and were baseball champions in 1985, '87 and '92. The school is also known for its strong arts, drama and music programs.
Futures School is an alternative high school and one of the Lake Washington district's "Choice" schools.…More Enrollment is limited to 75 students who are taught in a more personal way, in a small, positive environment where independent critical thinking skills are emphasized and students can receive individual attention. Graduation rates are high, and the curriculum also focuses on social skills through events such as retreats and outdoors challenge courses where team-building is important.
Students are also given more options to achieve goals, such as e-learning, and are given meaningful work with real-life connections. Semesters are split into three sessions, and students must pass two to remain in the school. Those who pass all three receive greater credit toward graduation than students in traditional class.