School Details

Lake Wilderness Elementary School

24216 Witte Rd SE, Maple Valley, WA 98038
(425) 413-3500

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 1018 students 18 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2013-2014 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Tahoma School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Lake Wilderness Elementary School is a public elementary school in Maple Valley. The principal of Lake Wilderness Elementary School is Laurel Menard. 1,018 children attend Lake Wilderness Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 20% of the 1,018 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Lake Wilderness Elementary School is 18:1. Kindercare Learning Center #1421 is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama


  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 72% 79%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Asian 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Multiracial 10% 6%
Hispanic 10% 8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20% 16%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I have two sons. One has gone through this school and the other is still attending. The school is a dump and needs to be rebuilt NOT remodeled. The school is overcrowded and busting at the seams. The principal isn't running anything. There are some good teachers here that make the most of the situation. I just wonder how much better it could be if they had a proper school and proper leadership.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is awful. This report shows they have 983 kids they have 1100 They have 15 portables just to fit all of the kids. The admin is ridiculous there are hugeI issues with bullying that don't get addressed or get blamed on one person all the time. The teachers are not allowed to deal with any issues In their rooms so they send kids to a room called the solution room. Where there is a helper. No learning happens kids just fall behind. I homeschooled my kids when they were supposed to go to here. After only 3 months of Nonsense. 1 principal can not properly deal with 1100 .I have met many people who feel the same. Last school year when my child was supposed to be in 5th grade there I asked for a transfer to shadowlake which is a few miles down the road but a great school. Mark Koch the head honcho in the district office refused the transfer all for BS reasons. Taking one kid from 1100 and putting them at a school with 950 wouldnt help? Weve lived in MV for 16 years BOO TSD you are falling apart. Now they want to pass a huge bond that will add $450 a year for 20 years on our property taxes to fix things they should have been working on all along.

  • (2 years ago)

    I absolutely loved LWES. I personally attended the school K-5th grade and don't regret anything. I knew that all my teachers cared and I still see them around the community and I know that they still care about my success. The administration was very involved and the programs before and after school were great. They addressed the problem of bullying very early in our education and I personally witnessed close to no situations of a fellow student being bullied and those values were carried with us throughout the rest of our schooling. I had so many inspirational teachers who really taught me to love learning and try my best. The school librarian from when I was eight still remembers my name and never fails to say hello when we run into each other around town. While the school is very old and outdated they do not have the money to implement changes many measures have been initiated into our local elections but have been continually turned down. I'll always be a Lake Wilderness Wild Cat.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is falling apart. The policies in place are insane-- after school & every school event they force you to bring these stupid little cards with your name and your child's name on them before they release the students. Same math worksheets 2 years in a row. Serious theft problems in the school. Serious bullying issues. We've considered calling the police to intervene in the brutality my daughter faces because the school is so ineffectual. We're moving to escape this terrible school. We've lived in our home for 9 years. Horrible!

  • (3 years ago)

    Both my children are attending LWES and I am very happy with the school's curriculum and the learning environment. Even with such a large number of students the school has managed to keep order and ensure the student's safety during drop off and pick up. My kids love their school and teachers and they actually wake up excited to go to school every morning. A big thank you to all the teachers and staff for your hard work and dedication.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son transferred here from an adjoining district and what a difference it has been! He tested so far behind the other kids but after getting so much one-on-one attention he is up to speed and doing wonderfully! I love his teacher I can tell how dedicated she is! The bus system has worked wonderfully and I like that I can do so much online (pay his lunch tab see what his class is doing etc). The school has kept us involved and I am highly satisfied. The only things I worry about are the size of that place the amount of students and the age of the school building.

  • (5 years ago)

    We have three children at LWES and have been thrilled with the level of caring and concern shown to each of them. Transferring here all three were immediately behind district standards. Teachers the Dean of Students the Principal everyone has been involved to assist us and our kids with getting caught-up. LWES has over 1 000 children this year. I don't know how the teachers and staff manage it but our kids are treated as individuals protected made to feel special always on the right bus (from day-one) and they love this school. I only left a star missing bc it is so big and there are obvious downsides to a school of this size from a parent's point of view i.e. forget having a seat any any school function Celebration of Learning is a cramped and sweaty event Book Fairs have lines like the DMV etc.

  • (8 years ago)

    Our child has been attending LWES for 4-plus years now and overall has had what I could call a sub-satisfactory experience. The staff seems to be dedicated and I know they care. Our main concern is the inconsistency in the quality of teaching. Two of the four years we have had quality teachers who got the best out of our child and the other two years it seemed that their was very little academic advancement. We have been involved in the WRAP program for 2 of the four years and unfortunately we have seen little improvement. I don't want to group all programs together but from our personal experience WRAP is not worth the time. When we moved to Maple Valley we heard that LWES was one of the best around the area. If we had it to do over again we would have moved into the Rock Creek area.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is one of the largest elementary schools in the state. The teachers are easy to work with and the class sizes are manageable.

  • (9 years ago)

    If your child is special needs keep an eye on them. You are their advocate. The Special Needs teachers are wonderful but the children can get lost in the 'system' if you allow it. Parents need to be assertive and do not give up if you're told no. The district in general is trying to get away with minimal para educator support for these special needs children. Be the squeeky wheel or they will under staff these high need classrooms.

  • (9 years ago)

    My children have gone to this school for the past 6 years and I feel they have had a great experience at this school. I like Lake Wilderness Elementary School because it is a safe learning environment and they focus on safety for the children in the classrrooms and on the playground. I do not like the fact that the school has so many kids. Maple Valley is growing so fast that the schools seems very overcrowded. Having said that I believe this school does a good job of keeping track of each child. They have always addresses my concerns and issues as they arise. I would definately recommend this school parents wishing to move to Maple Valley Washington. I rated the parent involvement low because I would like to see more parents invloved in the PTSA.

  • (10 years ago)

    With a wide range of activities including before and after school 'zero hour' classes as well as an opportunity to participate in music art and computer lab LWES provides a rich learning-based environment. It is also home to the district's gifted education program the Discovery program as well as Special Education programs serving the needs of disabled students. Staff are highly dedicated and encouraging and there is an active PTSA which supports the school community with Family Nights additional classroom field trips for students and classroom supplies for teachers. Respect is highly valued and it shows in the achievement of each student. Staff is quick to respond and handle any questions or complaints.

  • (10 years ago)

    Lake Wilderness Elementary tries fact there are some very dedicated folks on the PTA who obviously really care what happens at the school. The administration is very personable and helpful and treat students as family. (Which is amazing since the school is so large!) My child had a terrible teacher last year and an amazing one this year so it's hard to generalize about the quality of education a child will receive there. My sense is that the school is a bit underfunded....the cafeteria/gym needs paint and the acoustic tiles have been falling off of the wall for a while and are not being replaced. They have a few afterschool activities offered and opportunities to perform in plays and talent shows are wonderful for kids' confidence. Having come from an elementary that had more money and possibly a higher level of education I am still impressed with LWES's heroic efforts.

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