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L-Dub Girls


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L-Dub Girls


 
 The Power of L-Dub Girls

Lake Washington Girls Middle School empowers girls to be strong in mind, body, and voice. L-Dub inspires girls to become agents of change. With innovative programming, we foster discovery, build confidence, and nurture compassion in our community.

Hundreds of girls have passed through our doors, stronger in mind, body, and voice than when they arrived. Our mission is critical. Our passion is palpable. L-Dub girls will change the world.

 

Students perform at 2016/2017 Festival de Otoño, a celebration on Latin culture.

Students participating in the 2016 Student Walkout in support of peace and love.

LWGMS student Rory '17 performs poetry at Festival of Lights.

 
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A Home of Our Own


A Home of Our Own


 
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We have an exceptional opportunity to establish a permanent home: a ground-up construction project built for L-Dub’s distinct teaching, learning, community, and social connections; a home that will reflect our values and propel our programs forward; a home that will secure the future of our school.

Over the course of our school’s history, we have had three homes. Each shaped our culture of ingenuity and creativity, but we have longed for a place to establish deep roots. If we remain in our current leased location, necessary seismic and safety upgrades could cost our community up to $4 million ‒ a big investment for a space that’s not our own. Instead, we have an opportunity to control our own destiny: to build for and around our girls.

 LWGMS's First Home: Mount Baker Park Presbyterian Church, Seattle

LWGMS's First Home: Mount Baker Park Presbyterian Church, Seattle

 LWGMS's Second Home: Japanese Language School, Seattle

LWGMS's Second Home: Japanese Language School, Seattle

 LWGMS's Current Home in Seattle's Central District

LWGMS's Current Home in Seattle's Central District

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Committed to Our Mission


Committed to Our Mission


 
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A modern facility will better match—and enhance—our pedagogical approach to 21st century learning and include dedicated spaces that we do not have on-site today. With flexible spaces designed for active learning, collaboration, and skills development, our new building will allow for independent, one to one, small group, and large group gatherings.

 
 

A fiscally responsible investment in a new home for LWGMS allows us to maintain control of future costs and continue to prioritize our tuition assistance program. We are dedicated to maintaining our values and our ability to provide affordable, accessible education to a diverse community.

 Lake Washington Girls Middle School empowers girls to be strong in mind, body, and voice.
 Lake Washington Girls Middle School empowers girls to be strong in mind, body, and voice.
 
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Partnership


Partnership


 
 

In order to achieve our vision, LWGMS is partnering with a long-time friend, Giddens School – a preschool through fifth grade, all-gender, independent elementary school – to purchase and develop property together. On one campus, we will retain our own distinct identities, programs, and administrations while sharing building costs and common areas often underutilized in schools.

Varied enrollment

LWGMS: Middle school | Giddens: Pre-K - elementary

 

Complementary missions

Academics | social emotional learning | diversity | social justice

 

Commitment to maintain separate identities

Unique architectural design
Separate entrances and core classroom spaces
No admissions preferences for Giddens students

 

What we will share

Cost of construction and maintenance
Some community space (gym, lunchroom, playfield)
Two Schools LLC, formed to protect each school’s interest 

 

Financial stability and sustainability

LWGMS: Almost 20 years of operations | Giddens: 40 years
Fully accredited by NWAIS | clean, audited financials

 
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Our Vision


Our Vision


Join Us


Join Us


 
 
 Head of LWGMS, Patti Hearn and Head of Giddens Morva McDonald

Partnering to purchase and build a new facility to house both schools secures our future. It means that students and families of tomorrow will have LWGMS and Giddens as educational options that are essential, particularly at this time in our country's history when civic dialogue and clear, unfettered commitments to the marginalized are threatened by many of our most basic institutions. Without this partnership, each school remains tethered by landlords, lease payments, and indefinite facilities repairs. With this partnership, we can take the next step to solidify our future.

Historically and currently, each school is one of the most diverse independent schools in Seattle­ – diverse in terms of students' race, ethnicity, economic status, and family configurations. This diversity is essential to LWGMS and Giddens' ability to uphold their commitments to educating students not only about diversity, but within diversity. 

Sharing our combined resources – financial, material, or intellectual - allows LWGMS and Giddens to deepen, expand, and sustain our reach. This means maintaining our commitment to offering robust financial assistance to a wide range of families. The sharing of the construction costs, long term operational costs, and aspects of our facility allows LWGMS and Giddens to remain small and committed to financial assistance, while also allowing us to secure our future.

Making this happen will require a serious commitment from supporters of both of our communities. We invite you to lean in at this critical moment in both schools' history and learn how you can be part of making this dream come true. 

 Patricia Hearn, Head of LWGMS

Patricia Hearn, Head of LWGMS