Tesla STEM High School

Tesla STEM High School [1] (formerly STEM High School) is a public high school in Redmond, Washington. It is a designated Choice School in the Lake Washington School District and offers a STEM-based curriculum. By US News Rankings, Tesla STEM is the number 1 high school in Washington, number 28 in the nation, and number 26 for STEM schools. The school operates as a magnet program. Students are admitted from across the district on a lottery basis with 150 students per grade for a total enrollment of 600 students.[2][3]

STEM School Front
Front of STEM High School
STEM Back View
Rear of STEM High School
STEM School Interior
STEM High School interior
STEM School classroom
STEM High School classroom
Tesla STEM High School
STEM High School logo
4301 228th Ave N.E.
Redmond, WA 98053
Coordinates 47°38′55″N 122°2′15″W / 47.64861°N 122.03750°WCoordinates: 47°38′55″N 122°2′15″W / 47.64861°N 122.03750°W
Type High School
Motto Inspire, Educate, Innovate
Established 2012 (construction completed in 2013)
Principal Cindy Duenas
Faculty Approx. 26
Enrollment Approx. 600
Color(s) Blue, White, Green

History and facilities

The school opened in September 2012 in Eastlake High School until the new facility was sufficiently completed for partial occupancy by Grades 9 and 10 in January 2013. The full school opened and admitted Grades 11 and 12 in September 2013 and September 2014, respectively. The two-story school occupies a 21-acre campus. It was constructed by Absher Construction Company for $24 million. [4][5]


The school's stated academic approach involves Problem-Based Learning, Professional Learning Community, Integrated curricula, Scientific inquiry, and Constructivist learning. The core program is focused on the four STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.[6] Most students attend classes in the advanced sciences.[7] Students in Grades 9 and 10 focus on learning the basics of a variety of courses; in grades 11 and 12 students choose a focus of study. In the 2014-15 academic year, the school begun four “Signature Programs” to students from the four comprehensive high schools in the School District: Eastlake High School, Juanita High School, Lake Washington High School, and Redmond High School. The programs for eleventh grade students are Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Design, and Forensics / Psychology; the programs for twelfth grade students are Biomedical Engineering / Anatomy and Advanced Physics / Global Engineering.[8]


School activities include student participation in the School District's Reflections Art Competition, FBLA, and TSA. In addition, orchestra, choir, and yearbook are available as after-school credit classes.


Athletics and sports programs are not offered at the school. Students participating in those programs need to travel to their "home" high school.[9]


  1. ^ http://www.lwsd.org/school/stem/Pages/default.aspx
  2. ^ Students settle in at Lake Washington's new STEM school, Sammamish Review, May 23, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-22
  3. ^ School District Choice Schools webpage. Retrieved 2014-01-22
  4. ^ CEP 460 Final Report - King County School Siting Group December 6th, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-22
  5. ^ Students settle in at Lake Washington's new STEM school, Sammamish Review, May 23, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-22
  6. ^ STEM HS - About us. Retrieved 2014-01-22
  7. ^ Students settle in at Lake Washington's new STEM school, Sammamish Review, May 23, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-22
  8. ^ STEM HS - About us. Retrieved 2014-01-22
  9. ^ LWSD's STEM school immerses students in science and math education, Redmond Reporter, March 13, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-22

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