Alan T. Sugiyama High School

8601 Rainier Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98118
Main Office: 206-252-6600
Office Phone: 206-252-6600
Fax: 206-252-6601

Sugiyama School Profile

Service School

Alan T. Sugiyama High School’s mission is to provide educational experiences in a highly responsive environment for high school age students. We provide a supportive, caring and stable atmosphere. Students receive encouragement and guidance to complete the courses needed to graduate. All classes are multi-graded and support the developmental and academic needs of our students in a family atmosphere.

School Leadership and School Board District

Community Partners at Sugiyama Community Resources and programs at Sugiyama High School

High School Renamed in Honor of First Asian American Member of Seattle School Board

In September 2020, the School Board voted to recognize local lifelong education advocate Alan T. Sugiyama, with the renaming of South Lake High School to Alan T. Sugiyama High School at South Lake.

Mr. Sugiyama spent his life advocating for racial justice and educational for all people. While a college student, he advocated for Asian Americans in local colleges and formed the first Asian American student unions at Seattle Central College and then at the University of Washington. In 1979, he founded the Center for Career Alternatives, which focused on providing education and job training.

In 1989, Mr. Sugiyama became the first Asian American on the Seattle School Board, where he advocated for equity in Seattle Public Schools during his two terms.

The renaming of the school is the culmination of four years of work, spearheaded by Dr. Laura Davis- Brown, Dr. Joe Powell, and the South Lake Community, and is a celebration of a new era for the school which is creating a culture of voice and choice for its students and providing an enduring example to students of how one person’s actions and determination can break down barriers to racial and educational equity.

Mr. Sugiyama believed that all persons need and deserve a second, and sometimes third opportunity and he promoted determination and compassion while standing up to institutional systems of racism.

The school Believes, Inspires, and Empowers their students, and they Remix how their students navigate Education.

Mr. Sugiyama passed away in 2017 at the age of 67, but his legacy lives on at Alan T. Sugiyama High School at South Lake.


CSIP and School Report

About CSIP

The Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP) is an action plan for each school that identifies the areas a school plans to focus on in the current and coming school year, the performance goals they want students to achieve, and how the school plans to collaboratively meet these goals.

The plans are updated regularly to reflect the strategies being used at each school. This document also serves as the school-wide improvement plan for our Title I schools

About School Reports

School Reports show a brief snapshot of a school’s academic growth, student climate, accountability, family and staff engagement, and overall school performance.

School reports are produced by the State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for each school and district in the state and updated periodically throughout the year as data becomes available.

Questions about school reports? Contact us: Research and Evaluation Department, research@seattleschools.org

About School Climate Surveys

School Climate Surveys are used for school-level improvements, climate surveys are given to all staff, students and families each year. The staff and student surveys are given to respective groups in person at schools; the family survey occurs in the spring.

Sugiyama High School Levy Projects

Here you will find an overview of work completed by school levies.

Levies are a primary funding source for construction, renovations, safety and security upgrades, major maintenance, classroom technology and technology infrastructure, academics support projects and athletic field and track improvements.

Seismic Report: The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Earthquake safety/seismic improvements projects are funded through the voter-supported Building Excellence (BEX) and Buildings, Technology and Academics (BTA) capital levies. Visit the Capital Projects webpage to read the most recent report.

BEX II

Levy Approved: 2001

The $398 million Building Excellence II (BEX II) was approved by Seattle voters in 2001 to replace the expiring BEX I Capital Levy. It paid for renovation or new construction of schools throughout the district.

Project Description

This project constructed a new stand-alone facility for South Lake High School on the South Shore site.

  • Building Size: 32,000 gross square feet
  • Capacity: 200 students
  • Site Size: 11.4 acres (shared with The New School, now South Shore K-8)
  • Estimated Cost: $14.4 million
  • Completion: September 2008
  • Architect: BLRB Architects, p.s./Streeter & Associates Architects
  • Contractor: Commercial Structures, Inc. (CSI)

About BEX

The Building Excellence (BEX) Capital Levy funds projects such as those that modernize or replace aging buildings, fund technology for student learning, address earthquake and safety issues and major preventive maintenance needs throughout the district.