Founded in 1967, The Overlake School is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational, college prep day school. Each Overlake community member is committed to the school's mission to Inspire excellence, Develop intellectual curiosity, Teach responsibility, Embrace diversity and Foster a compassionate community.
The Overlake School is accredited by the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools, the Washington Federation of Independent Schools, and the The Northwest Accreditation Commission.
Overlake is committed to diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation or disability in the administration of its educational policies, financial aid or other school-administered programs.
This is Overlake
- Enrollment: 531 students
- Grades 5-12
- Average class size: 14
- Student to teacher ratio: 9:1
- Overlake does not rank students
- Teachers: 75, both full and part-time. Bachelors' degrees: 100%; master's degrees: about 60%; doctorates: 3
- Honors courses: in six disciplines; Advanced Placement courses: 14
- Languages offered: Chinese, French, Japanese, Latin and Spanish
- Interscholastic Athletics Program: Emerald City League, WIAA. Soccer, cross country, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, tennis, golf and baseball. Inclusive policy: every student has a chance to play at both Middle and Upper School levels.
- Arts and music classes, including: dance, drama, stagecraft, woodshop, ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, jazz band, concert band, orchestra and choir.
- Technology Program includes a full-time Technology Integration Specialist to aid teachers and students.
- Annual retreats: for each grade, at the beginning of the school year.
- Eighth Grade Field Studies: capstone experience for Middle School students combines academics, outdoor education and transition to Upper School.
- Service Learning: Upper School students must complete 15 hours of service each year. Semiannual Middle and Upper School Community Service Days.
- Project Week: Annual requirement. Students choose activities beyond the classroom ranging from archaeology to rafting to weaving.
- Global Service Projects: with partner schools in Uruguay and in Cambodia.
- Foreign Exchange Programs: with partner schools in France, Italy, China and Spain
- Outdoor Program: Middle and Upper School. Includes backpacking, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, camping, mountaineering and kayaking. Two days of outdoor trips required for graduation in Upper School
- Advisory Program: A teacher and a small group of students meet each morning in homeroom.
- College Counseling Program: from freshman year through graduation
- Personal Counseling Program: on campus, with two full-time counselors.
- Parent involvement: Many opportunities, including grade-level functions, an active parents' association, athletics and arts support groups and parenting education programs and speakers.