« Back to compare
/ / School Profile
Public district
Maple Valley, WA
Students enrolled: 1,018

Contact this school

24216 Witte Rd SE
Maple Valley, WA 98038

(425) 413-3500
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Lake Wilderness Elementary School address.

June 04, 2015
This school is awesome! My daughter loves it here. She is learning so much, and the EEP program is wonderful. I hate that we are moving out of state. We will miss this school. The staff is great!

- submitted by a community member

May 26, 2015
We transferred in from another state. My boys would cry when it was time to go to school. I have one with special needs and they would not accommodate an extended day schedule. We switched to Rock Creek Elementary and immediately we were given the extended day schedule for my son and they both love going to school. Their teachers are very nurturing and every one at Rock Creek seems to care which is a big switch from LWES. I would agree there are some good teachers making the best of a bad situation. The secretary must always be having a bad day as is extremely unpleasant. Finally the school is overcrowded and falling apart.

- submitted by a community member

May 04, 2015
2nd grade teacher Michele Lenander should not be teaching. She is terrible. I think the only way you would like her is if your child was a genius academically and a bully to the kids. My child struggles academically and is bullied by the other kids in her class. She defends these children and dismisses my concerns. She just sends me messages about the things my son needs to improve with academically. Lots of kids here are direct reflections of their upper class snotty parents. If you are not one of these parents, put your child into a different classroom. Overcrowded school, drop off traffic is horrendous.

- submitted by a parent

November 17, 2014
As a parent of a special needs child, I find this school to be difficult. My son needs extra help on assignments because he cannot learn clearly. The schools not willing to help and they are punishing him because they think he's just not paying attention. The school knows that he has autism and can't learn as fast as the rest of the kids, the school just doesn't care depends on me to make sure he's successful.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2014
I have two sons. One has gone through this school and the other is still attending. The school is a dump and needs to be rebuilt, NOT remodeled. The school is overcrowded and busting at the seams. The principal isn't running anything. There are some good teachers here that make the most of the situation. I just wonder how much better it could be, if they had a proper school and proper leadership.

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2013
This school is awful. This report shows they have 983 kids they have 1100 They have 15 portables just to fit all of the kids. The admin is ridiculous there are hugeI issues with bullying that don't get addressed or get blamed on one person all the time. The teachers are not allowed to deal with any issues In their rooms so they send kids to a room called the solution room. Where there is a helper. No learning happens, kids just fall behind. I homeschooled my kids when they were supposed to go to here. After only 3 months of Nonsense. 1 principal can not properly deal with 1100 .I have met many people who feel the same. Last school year when my child was supposed to be in 5th grade there I asked for a transfer to shadowlake which is a few miles down the road but a great school. Mark Koch the head honcho in the district office refused the transfer all for BS reasons. Taking one kid from 1100 and putting them at a school with 950 wouldnt help? Weve lived in MV for 16 years BOO TSD you are falling apart. Now they want to pass a huge bond that will add $450 a year for 20 years on our property taxes to fix things they should have been working on all along.

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2013
I absolutely loved LWES. I personally attended the school K-5th grade and don't regret anything. I knew that all my teachers cared and I still see them around the community and I know that they still care about my success. The administration was very involved and the programs before and after school were great. They addressed the problem of bullying very early in our education and I personally witnessed close to no situations of a fellow student being bullied, and those values were carried with us throughout the rest of our schooling. I had so many inspirational teachers who really taught me to love learning and try my best. The school librarian from when I was eight still remembers my name and never fails to say hello when we run into each other around town. While the school is very old and outdated they do not have the money to implement changes, many measures have been initiated into our local elections but have been continually turned down. I'll always be a Lake Wilderness Wild Cat.

- submitted by a community member

May 04, 2013
This school is falling apart. The policies in place are insane-- after school & every school event they force you to bring these stupid little cards with your name and your child's name on them before they release the students. Same math worksheets 2 years in a row. Serious theft problems in the school. Serious bullying issues. We've considered calling the police to intervene in the brutality my daughter faces because the school is so ineffectual. We're moving to escape this terrible school. We've lived in our home for 9 years. Horrible!

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2011
Both my children are attending LWES and I am very happy with the school's curriculum and the learning environment. Even with such a large number of students, the school has managed to keep order and ensure the student's safety during drop off and pick up. My kids love their school and teachers and they actually wake up excited to go to school every morning. A big thank you to all the teachers and staff for your hard work and dedication.

- submitted by a parent

March 03, 2011
My son transferred here from an adjoining district, and what a difference it has been! He tested so far behind the other kids, but after getting so much one-on-one attention, he is up to speed and doing wonderfully! I love his teacher, I can tell how dedicated she is! The bus system has worked wonderfully, and I like that I can do so much online (pay his lunch tab, see what his class is doing, etc). The school has kept us involved and I am highly satisfied. The only things I worry about are the size of that place, the amount of students, and the age of the school building.

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2010
We have three children at LWES and have been thrilled with the level of caring and concern shown to each of them. Transferring here, all three were immediately behind district standards. Teachers, the Dean of Students, the Principal, everyone has been involved to assist us and our kids with getting caught-up. LWES has over 1,000 children this year. I don't know how the teachers and staff manage it but our kids are treated as individuals, protected, made to feel special, always on the right bus (from day-one), and they love this school. I only left a star missing bc it is so big and there are obvious downsides to a school of this size from a parent's point of view i.e. forget having a seat any any school function, Celebration of Learning is a cramped and sweaty event, Book Fairs have lines like the DMV, etc.

- submitted by a parent

November 22, 2006
Our child has been attending LWES for 4-plus years now and overall has had, what I could call a sub-satisfactory experience. The staff seems to be dedicated and I know they care. Our main concern is the inconsistency in the quality of teaching. Two of the four years we have had quality teachers who got the best out of our child, and the other two years it seemed that their was very little academic advancement. We have been involved in the WRAP program for 2 of the four years and unfortunately we have seen little improvement. I don't want to group all programs together but from our personal experience, WRAP is not worth the time. When we moved to Maple Valley, we heard that LWES was one of the best around the area. If we had it to do over again we would have moved into the Rock Creek area.

- submitted by a parent

June 16, 2006
This is one of the largest elementary schools in the state. The teachers are easy to work with and the class sizes are manageable.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2006
If your child is special needs keep an eye on them. You are their advocate. The Special Needs teachers are wonderful but the children can get lost in the 'system' if you allow it. Parents need to be assertive and do not give up if you're told no. The district in general is trying to get away with minimal para educator support for these special needs children. Be the squeeky wheel or they will under staff these high need classrooms.

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2005
My children have gone to this school for the past 6 years and I feel they have had a great experience at this school. I like Lake Wilderness Elementary School because it is a safe learning environment and they focus on safety for the children in the classrrooms and on the playground. I do not like the fact that the school has so many kids. Maple Valley is growing so fast that the schools seems very overcrowded. Having said that, I believe this school does a good job of keeping track of each child. They have always addresses my concerns and issues as they arise. I would definately recommend this school parents wishing to move to Maple Valley, Washington. I rated the parent involvement low because I would like to see more parents invloved in the PTSA.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2005
With a wide range of activities including before and after school 'zero hour' classes as well as an opportunity to participate in music, art, and computer lab, LWES provides a rich, learning-based environment. It is also home to the district's gifted education program, the Discovery program, as well as Special Education programs serving the needs of disabled students. Staff are highly dedicated and encouraging and there is an active PTSA which supports the school community with Family Nights, additional classroom field trips for students, and classroom supplies for teachers. Respect is highly valued and it shows in the achievement of each student. Staff is quick to respond and handle any questions or complaints.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2005
Lake Wilderness Elementary tries hard....in fact there are some very dedicated folks on the PTA who obviously really care what happens at the school. The administration is very personable and helpful and treat students as family. (Which is amazing since the school is so large!) My child had a terrible teacher last year and an amazing one this year, so it's hard to generalize about the quality of education a child will receive there. My sense is that the school is a bit underfunded....the cafeteria/gym needs paint and the acoustic tiles have been falling off of the wall for a while and are not being replaced. They have a few afterschool activities offered, and opportunities to perform in plays and talent shows are wonderful for kids' confidence. Having come from an elementary that had more money and possibly a higher level of education, I am still impressed with LWES's heroic efforts.

- submitted by a parent

Profile Completeness


Want to improve this school's profile?

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!
for Parents
for Schools
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »


Find out what parents are saying about Lake Wilderness Elementary School


Nearby homes for sale


Last modified: June 4, 2015

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.

GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2015 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Lake Wilderness Elementary School
24216 Witte Rd SE, Maple Valley, WA  98038
(425) 413-3500
Last modified Lake Wilderness Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lake Wilderness Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top