Who is it for?

For students entering grades 9-12 next fall at Sammamish, Interlake or Big Picture



Sammamish High School
100 140th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98005






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Due to the COVID-2019 emergency, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the LEADS program for the Summer of 2020. We hope to return in the Summer of 2021.

Sammamish Leads is open to all students entering grades 9-12 at Sammamish, Interlake and Big Picture. If the program is filled to capacity, we give first priority to students that would be the first in their family to go to and graduate from college. Interest in Leads is growing, however we still anticipate being able to serve all students who are interested in participating in the program this summer.

Students who attend Sammamish Leads will be presented with a diverse group of challenges to work on. We work with local businesses and organizations to develop real-world situations for students.

Challenge Descriptions from the 2019 Summer Program:

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Students will work with Bill and Melinda Gates foundation staff to solve problems in education, health, and/or global development. The Gates Foundation believes that “every person deserves a healthy, productive life.” This challenge will give students an opportunity to make a local or global difference in this health and productivity mission.

City of Bellevue
Bellevue is growing and the need for improved transportation, commercial, neighborhood, and entertainment areas is increasing. Work with City Planners to transform Bellevue into a city of the future. Students with a passion for the urban environment, real estate, and access to goods and services will advise planners as the community is transformed.

Foundry 10—Music Production
Have you ever wanted to learn to create digital music? In this challenge you will create and share digital music using the Ableton Live9 program and the Ableton Push. This is the equipment used by professionals ranging from DJ’s to movie music composers, to video game sound engineers. It is user-friendly and allows for you to explore your own musical style in a fun and hands-on way.

Integrus Architecture Challenge
Students will help a local architecture firm develop design ideas for a new project. Past project has included school libraries, play structures, and commercial venues. Students with a passion for imagining, designing, and building will collaborate to create concept proposals with practicing architects on a current project.

Sumo Robots
Are you interested in exploring the career path of an inventor, a programmer, or an engineer? Work with experts from the Sammamish Robotics Team to build your own Sumo Robot! Your team’s robot will compete in a Sumo tournament at the end of the week. No prior experience with programming, robot building, or engineering required.

It is our goal that each and every student who attends the program:

  • Achieve a basic level of fluency in the vocabulary of an industry
  • Analyze an authentic problem or challenge in an industry of choice
  • Identify prior knowledge and skills applicable to a problem or challenge
  • Identify gaps in knowledge and skills
  • Research knowledge and skills to solve a problem/challenge
  • Utilize expertise among peers, industry professionals, teachers, and community at large
  • Collaborate with classmates to solve problems and present solutions to industry professionals
  • Effectively communicate solution to problem/challenge through written text and oral presentation


This inclusive program encourages participation from all students regardless of income. Tuition is based on free or reduced meal eligibility.

Meal Status Tuition Cost
Full Price Meal $ 250
Reduced Price Meal Free
Free Meal Free


Transportation is not provided. Parents and students are responsible for safely getting to and from the summer program.


Lunch will be provided for students at no additional charge.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish Peoples. We honor with gratitude the land itself and the Coast Salish Peoples of our region, past, present and future.