Small classes. Everyone knows everyone. Academic is a focus area but then so are other activities. A bit of let down is folks with excessive money can get into this school and bring the overall quality a bit down. Though it is these Richie Rich's funds that help some of the lesser affordable families with smart kids to attend a high quality school like this one..
I think it is a big rip off. Bellevue school distrcit and surrounding areas on the eastside have fabulous schools. It is about status. They do not get to know the other kids in their neighborhood like all the others. They also have an attitude like they are better than kids that go to public school.
Both of my sons are attending Overlake. The teachers are responsive and provide a challenging curriculum. The school is inclusive and offers a huge variety of activities. It has been a wonderful experience so far.
This is my son's 6th year at Overlake and my daughter's fifth. We are thrilled to be part of this community and are so thankful for all this school has done to educate our children beyond the academic goals we have for them. Overlake is definitely about the 'whole' child. You will not find a school with a more dedicated faculty and staff. The only complaint we have is that it's so beautiful that college campuses may seem like a let down. The tuition is also tough to take but it is absolutely worth every penny!
We love this school and hope we can afford to send all our children to this excellent academic school - awesome opportunites - college tours with your college advisor, to hiking and drama productions this school has it all