Welcome to Lawton

Lawton ElementaryElementary school choice is not a one-year decision, but a six-year investment. We encourage you to become familiar with what the whole school can offer.

A Community School.

Lawton Elementary is a small neighborhood school with a focus on academic achievement, and a culture of caring. Our students are taught to be kind, respectful, responsible, and to believe they can achieve anything!  We are very proud to have served this community for the past 100 years, offering a solid K-5 learning experience.

Meeting the Needs of Individual Students.

Lawton offers a dynamic program and rich learning environment for the range of learners. As both the designated Spectrum site in the Queen Anne/Magnolia cluster and a designated Integrated Comprehensive Services school for special-education students, Lawton is proud to be able to meet the needs of all its students.

A Wonderful Kindergarten Program.

If you are looking at Lawton for your incoming kindergartener, our program that features a team of kindergarten teachers who love what they do and focus on making your child’s first year of school a success.

Dedicated Teachers.

Our teachers bring varied individual talents to their teaching, while working together toward a set of common goals. Our staff finds many opportunities to team together for field trips, special projects, and general classroom instruction, and parents volunteer in a variety of ways to enrich the learning environment. Many teachers have been with Lawton for 10-20 years. The school has also grown by a classroom each year for the past 5 years, so many wonderful new teachers have been hired as well. Staff are encouraged to bring their own unique specialties into the classroom, and examples include animation, drama, technology and art. Learn more about our staff .

Rigorous Academics.

Core academics are the major focus at Lawton. Learn more about Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Science curriculum and how we regularly augment District curriculum at Lawton by special programs, additional PTA resources, and community building events to reinforce our students’ learning experience.

Award Winning PE Program.

The physical fitness of our students is a priority, and our physical education program is a cornerstone of the Lawton experience. Our students love P.E.! Distinguishing characteristics of this program include two highly qualified Physical Education Specialists who provide P.E. class three times a week for 35 minute classes all year to all students. Learn more.

A Full-Time Music Teacher.

We believe that music is integral to early childhood education. Beginning the 2008-2009 school year, Elaine Cooper joined Lawton as a full time music teacher and music became a part of the permanent curriculum. All of the K-5 students enjoy music two times per week.  Instruction includes choral work, rhythm and beat, reading music, performance, and instrumental work.  Learn more about our music program and read Elaine’s bio.

Arts Enrichment.

Lawton has a long tradition of offering the arts to our students with regular assemblies and workshops, school events and artist-in residence programs. Programs are funded by the PTA, and are woven into the curriculum by Lawton teachers. Examples include music enrichment via instrumental music, visual artists in residence, visiting author programs, our famous World Cultures week and evening event, Science Week and the Discovery Park Outdoor Education program. Learn more.

Environmental Leadership.

Lawton is a District and state leader in the Green Schools Network movement, and our Green Team had its genesis with three Lawton teachers. The Green Team includes student leaders, with representatives from every grade level, who meet monthly to help our school work towards sustainable living.  Programs include the Compost Lunch Program (a model for other schools) and the Walking School Bus.

An Active PTA.

Lawton has a simply amazing PTA, meaning we have a simply amazing community of parents and teachers. We give financial assistance to the PTA to use for arts, science and cultural enrichment programs, keep parents informed about school happenings, District policies and resources available, build community with events like our annual BBQ, World Cultures event, Bingo Night, Math Night, Field Day, and so much more.


Part of what makes Lawton a successful school is the tremendous amount of family involvement – over 15,000 volunteer hours were recorded at Lawton during the 2008-2009 School Year. And we are planning to top that number this year. Learn more about what kind of volunteering happens at Lawton.

Vibrant Before & After School Activities.

Lawton is buzzing with activities both before and after school, which is truly a sign of a healthy, happy student body. Many teachers share their particular skills and passions with students by leading a club, and the school also brings in specialists to host clubs. Learn more.

A Culture of Caring.

Our school looks for ways to engage Lawton kids in the spirit of giving and helping others… and last year we found the Penny Harvest program. The power of this program is that it is student-centered. Students raise the money and the student council directs which local charities benefit, based on their own research and a democratic decision-making process. In 2008 Our students raised almost $600 worth of pennies, from their piggy banks and beyond. As participants of the Penny Harvest, Lawton received a $400 grant to combine with the money raised by our students for a total of $1,000 for charity. Our goal is for students to gain the self-confidence and self-awareness that they can make a difference in their community.  The program was so successful we are doing it again this school year.

Childcare On-Site.

Lawton’s Boys & Girls Club is conveniently located on-premises.  They can be reached at (206) 283-4361 or lawton@positiveplace.org. The program may reach maximum capacity before the school year begins, so it’s best to get enrolled in spring.

The Spirit of Teamwork.

The spirit of teamwork among the principal, staff, PTA and parents makes Lawton a special place for students and their families.  Elementary school choice is not a one-year decision but a six-year investment, and we encourage you to become familiar with what the whole school can offer.

Lawton Student – Parent Handbook

This handbook is a great resource for Seattle Public Schools and Lawton’s policies, rules and expectations. Have questions about what to do for absences, emergencies, sick policies, playground rules, etc.? Just see the handbook.

Questions for the PTA?

Email the PTA.

Questions for the Lawton Office?

Email the Lawton Office.

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