The Overlake School is an independent coeducational suburban day school in Redmond, Wash., offering a rigorous college preparatory program in the liberal arts tradition.
Celebrating 50 years, The Overlake School was founded in 1967 and is located on 75 wooded rural acres, with a current enrollment of 533 students in grades 5-12. Its mission is to inspire excellence; develop intellectual curiosity; teach responsibility; embrace diversity and foster a compassionate community.
The school aims to prepare a diverse student body for admission to colleges and universities around the country and for a lifetime of ongoing learning and success.
Overlake offers 18 Advanced Placement courses, and six honors courses. The average class size is 13 students.
A co-curricular program provides balance to the academic curriculum by giving students opportunities for leadership, and social and emotional growth. Students choose from among abundant creative opportunities in the visual and performing arts, including choral, band and orchestra courses; dance and drama.
80% of students participate in an Overlake athletics program committed to both excellence and inclusion with interscholastic sports at the middle and upper school levels. Current sports offerings are soccer, cross country, volleyball (girls), basketball, lacrosse, tennis, golf, ultimate and baseball (boys).
Overlake’s Experiential Education department allows students to learn and grow through authentic and interactive experiences. Three programs, each holding a graduation requirement for students, comprise the department- Outdoor Education, Service Learning and Project Week.
The Project Week program engages students at each grade level in a challenging co-curricular learning experience. Each teacher guides small groups of students in activities ranging from backpacking trips to rebuilding car engines.
Service Learning projects are required on both an all-school and individual basis. While projects take place in a range of venues, from the school’s campus to places across the nation, the Global Service Program allows Overlake students to teach during Project Week at our partner schools in Pailin, Cambodia and Bella Union, Uruguay.
Also, integral to the Overlake experience, is the Outdoor Program, which gives students a chance to develop an appreciation for the natural environment, challenges them in physical and emotional ways outside of their comfort zones, teaches them safety and responsibility and integrates wilderness experiences with other strands of the curriculum. Instruction in leadership, basic skills and wilderness first aid/CPR is combined with opportunities to participate in overnight, weekend or extended trips.
Outdoor Wise Learning Spaces (OWLS) is a system of walking/running trails around the campus, and outdoor fitness stations, art galleries and an outdoor classroom. OWLS is a natural extension of Overlake’s commitment to environmental stewardship, green practices and sustainability.
A small fleet of buses offers some zero period, morning, after school and after middle school activities service on set routes.
The Overlake School is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission and the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools. It is located at 20301 NE 108th St., Redmond.
For more information, call 425-868-1000, or visit www.overlake.org.
Admission season begins in October each year, with open houses and campus tours held in the fall and winter.
Head of School/Principal
Head of School Matthew P. Horvat
A secular, coed, college preparatory school for students in fifth through 12th grades offering a rigorous curriculum, vibrant athletics program and multiple and varied opportunities for creative expression.
- Project Week
- Global Service
- Service Learning
- Senior Projects
Facilities and resources
- Updated facilities campus-wide, including three new classroom buildings: a fifth/sixth grade center, humanities building and technology and language center, plus Fulton Performing Arts Center
- The Overlake School gym
- Discovery Hall.
- Academic advising
- College counseling
- Learning resources
- Personal counseling
Before/after school activities
Zero-period music classes, after-school sports and dramatic productions
Admissions: ISEE or SSAT tests
- Performing: theater, stagecraft, video production, dance, music theory, choral and orchestral music, concert and jazz band programs.
- Visual arts: Studio art, art history, drawing, painting, graphic design, industrial design, metals, photography, sculpture.
Sports programs (Boys)
Cross country, golf, tennis, ultimate, basketball, lacrosse, soccer and baseball.
Sports programs (Girls)
Cross country, golf, tennis, ultimate, basketball, lacrosse, soccer and volleyball.
Multiple and varied opportunities.
Advanced Placement or honors classes
AP: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB & BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language & Culture, Computer Science, English Language & Composition, English Literature, Environmental Science, French Language & Culture, Latin, Microeconomics, Physics C: Mechanics, Spanish Language & Culture, Spanish Literature & Culture, Statistics, US Government & Politics
Statement of diversity
The Overlake School embraces diversity as part of its mission.
Foreign language programs
Latin, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese.
- English-4 yrs.
- History-3 yrs.
- Mathematics-3 yrs.
- Science-3 yrs.
- Foreign language-3 yrs.
- Fine arts-2 yrs.
- Physical education/health-2 yrs.
- Service Learning-60 hrs./4 yrs.
- Co-curricular-2 activities/4 yrs.
- Project Week-every year
- Senior Project-3-wk. internship
- Outdoor Education-1 overnight or 2 day trips