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The Overlake School

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The Overlake School is an independent coeducational suburban day school in Redmond, Wash., offering a rigorous college preparatory program in the liberal arts tradition. Founded in 1967, it 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. Students must complete studies in the natural sciences, arts and humanities. Overlake offers 14 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. They participate in an athletics program committed to both excellence and inclusion, with a no-cut policy and 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). 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 arts and crafts to service projects. Service Learning is an integral part of the Overlake philosophy. Service 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. Seniors complete a Senior Project, which is either a service learning or career-oriented, three-week-long internship, culminating in a formal presentation to the faculty and students. 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 in the out-of-doors 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, including low-impact camping, backpacking, map and compass navigation, kayaking, rafting, snowshoeing, rock climbing, backcountry skiing and mountaineering. Graduation requirements now include two days of outdoor trips during Upper School. The Overlake School campus boasts three new academic buildings: the William C. Armstrong Humanities Building; the Technology and Language Center; and the Francisco J. Grijalva 5th & 6th Grade Center. All offer state-of-the-art learning spaces and classroom technology. 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.

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