We are Northshore: 2019-20 Annual Report

Message from the Superintendent

Extraordinary. That is the first word that comes to mind when I think of our Northshore community.

Who knew that the beginning of the 2019-20 school year would have taken us to places we'd never been before. The historic school year challenged us individually and collectively. The fight for racial and educational justice challenged us to see the world, our community, and each other differently. It also challenged us to respond differently as educators and as contributors to our society.

Our amazing district is a diverse district with unique needs. Our strength is in our ability to come together as a community to collaborate, problem-solve, plan for today and tomorrow, implement, innovate, iterate, and do it again. Learning happens best in community. In this community, all hands-on deck means critical conversations and work with students, parents and guardians, staff members and our community partners - conversations that result in new community partnerships, stronger relationships and innovative and creative work.

Our amazing district is a diverse district with unique needs. Our strength is in our ability to come together as a community to collaborate, problem-solve, plan for today and tomorrow, implement, innovate, iterate, and do it again.

In Our House, we remain resolute in our commitment to educating future generations to be prepared for the real world that awaits them every day, and the much anticipated world yet to be imagined. At the same time, COVID forced us to continually reimagine. Northshore Learns - the distance learning model that continues to take us through this pandemic- is not a cookie cutter model.

As you read this Annual Report/Community Newsletter, I hope you will join me in the pride that I feel every day in being part of this extraordinary community; together all things are possible...

Dr. Michelle Reid




2019-20 District Quick Stats

Data: 2019-20 Washington State Report Card, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and District records


Languages Spoken

Free or Reduced Priced Meals

Enrolled in Special Education

Fewer than two absences a month

Student Demographics

  • 54.6% White
  • 21.5% Asian
  • 12.6% Hispanic/Latino
  • 8.8% Two or more races
  • 2.1% Black/African American
  • 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 0.2% Pacific Islander



Northshore Thrives

While we believe in celebrating achievement at every level, these are just some of the highlights of 2019-20.

SAT Means Scores

  • Northshore: 1237 average
  • Washington State: 1073 average

ACT Composite Scores

  • Northshore: 25.4 average
  • Washington State: 22.9 average


  • 94.6% on time graduation rate (OSPI)
  • 13 Northshore seniors were named 2019 National Merit finalists
  • Northshore students again outperformed the state average scores on the SAT and ACT


  • 62.1% of teachers hold at least a master's degree
  • 11.4% of all Northshore teachers hold a National Board Certificate
  • Our teachers have 13 years average teaching experience

The District provided 288,720 meals to students during distance learning. 

Crystal Springs Elementary School was named a Level 1 Green School by the King County Green Schools Program. 

Northshore's School Board adopted Resolution no. 818 stating that Black lives matter.

Points of Pride

The Northshore School District and six middle schools were awarded the Gold Star Award. The Gold Star Award was granted because 85% of eligible Northshore eighth graders signed up for the College Bound program.

Through the Art Docent Program update, participation in the Northwest Art Project, a traveling art exhibit of local artists hosted by the Junior League of Seattle, expanded from 7 Northshore elementary schools to 14 elementary schools.

The Goal 4 Think Tank met throughout the year to develop ways to create innovative practices for the District.

Sixty-eight student recipients from across the District were honored for exhibiting leadership through community acceptance and advocacy during the District's second annual C.P. & Dorothy Johnson Humanitarian Award ceremony, which was held virtually.

During the 2019-20 school year, 34 schools and District facilities were positively impacted thanks to voter­approved bond dollars. These projects included building improvements, safety upgrades and the construction of three new facilities: Skyview & Canyon Creek expansion, Ruby Bridges Elementary and the Northshore Concert Hall at lnglemoor High School.

The Northshore School District launched Northshore Learns 1.0 and 2.0 to successfully pivot from in-person to distance learning in response to the global pandemic.

The Northshore School District hosted Northshore Speaks, an evening of spoken word for students and staff to share their voice on Northshore's virtual stage.

The Racial and Educational Justice Department launched a series of training modules to assist staff in supporting all students.

The District graduated 1,527 students. Virtual ceremonies were held to celebrate and recognize the Class of 2020.