Message from the Director
The Lake Washington School District mission is to ensure “Every Student Future Ready.” At Old Redmond Schoolhouse we believe this work starts with our youngest students, which is why I am so honored to lead the important work happening at our district’s first early learning center!
The Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center was originally built in 1922 as Redmond's only schoolhouse. The building, which previously served as an elementary school, was leased to the City of Redmond in 1997 as a community center. In 2016, the Lake Washington School District received a bond approval to begin renovating the original schoolhouse to be the district’s first early learning center and after thoughtful planning and extensive construction and renovation, we opened our doors to our first preschool students in September 2020.
The opening of this building allowed us to move 10 of our classrooms from the preschool site at Dickinson Elementary. In addition to classroom spaces the opening of Old Redmond Schoolhouse provided space for us to house other elements of our program including our preschool evaluations, Child Find screenings and all preschool registrations into one central location. Additional preschool classrooms are still located throughout the district at Juanita, Bell, Sandburg, Carson and Wilder Elementaries.
Each classroom utilizes the Creative Curriculum as our primary instructional curriculum. The Creative Curriculum is a play-based curriculum embedded within discovery-based studies and activities that cover all developmental areas and pre-academic skills. In every classroom play is valued, encouraged, and intentionally provided through the use of this curriculum. We know that providing meaningful opportunities for play is such a valuable instructional tool for kids at this age. Through play, kids learn how to think creatively, and problem solve, how to persist through challenges, how to make and follow rules as well as how to get along with others. It’s these ‘soft skills’ that we focus on with our students to help prepare them for kindergarten and beyond as they are foundational for supporting students’ ability to learn more rigorous academic content.
We look forward to working collaboratively with you to help achieve your child’s potential . . . academically, socially, emotionally and physically. At Old Redmond Schoolhouse, we believe that a positive partnership between school and home is important for student success. Together we can make this a safe and supportive place for your child’s development and education.
Welcome to ORSH,
Early Learning Director
At Old Redmond Schoolhouse, we build strong relationships with students, families, staff, and community by providing an inclusive, safe learning environment full of joy and discovery. Our developmentally appropriate preschool celebrates differences, fosters individual student growth, and prepares each child for personal success in kindergarten and beyond.
At Old Redmond Schoolhouse we:
- Learn through play
- Teach strategies for social/emotional growth
- Honor each child exactly as they are
- Foster positive social identities
- Cultivate partnerships with families
Preparing each child for personal success in kindergarten and beyond.