Lakeridge is a really good neighborhood elementary school. Parent (and PTA) involvement pervades everything and the extracurriculars are beyond compare. Among just the third grade highlights this year were an overnight at the Seattle Aquarium, native american program, Bicycle Rodeo, student composed and performed operetta, student performed Shakespeare and an all school musical. My son enjoyed every minute of his hi-cap class. The staff is responsive when dealing with bullying and friendship issues as long as you treat them as humans (some of the type-A parents can come across as entitled). The new principal could do better interfacing with parents.
My daughter attended Lakeridge from 1st grade through 5th grade and we were very pleased with the education she received. The parents are very involved at this school, and it shows! Helpful involved parents make for a better learning environment. All the teachers we had were excellent, no complaints...
Lakeridge has hired a new principal since the last posted review. Under the new leadership the school is even better. My son just finished third grade which has an amazing teaching team. I must say they brought the curriculum to life with lots of visiting artists. The school music program is great too. The only improvement that the school could make would be to higher an art teacher. Currently there are no art teachers in the elementary schools on Mercer Island.
This is a solid community based school with a highly motivated base of students and parents. Teacher quality is however mixed and building leadership is poor. Dispite this the students on balance score very well and come to school well equipted, ready to learn and strongly supported by parents and the community.
Lakeridge is a wonderful neighborhood school. There is a very high level of parent involvement and the teachers on the whole are excellent. There is a wide range of extracurricular activities and everyone has art and music.
A public school with a high-achieving family base, Lakeridge is the southernmost school of the Mercer island School District. It draws from single family homes. Teaching quality has been good overall. Our needs were not met because until recently there were no gifted programs but the district recently started one. Music is excellent, and a wide variety of sports (including beginning lacrosse) are available. Parent involvement is high and so are parent expectations. Great facility.
The teachers are very dedicated. I have been very impressed too by the PTA who is most certainly intereted in bringing a wide variety of experiences to all grade levels. There are lots of field trips and art experiences. The setting of the campus is so beautiful, near tall trees, lots of space for outdoor recreation.