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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
International Community School is a top rated, public, magnet, alternative school located in Kirkland, WA. It has 429 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 98% in reading.

International Community School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
98%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1400
106 responses
Average ACT
33
37 responses
AP Enrollment
40%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$109,715
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,776
National
$949
Median Home Value
$607,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 11 responses
  • Focus Week
    36%
  • The Taste of ICS
    36%
  • The Art Walk
    18%
  • Spirit Week
    9%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
429
Free or Reduced Lunch
1%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
8%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$69,298
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.9%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,474/ year
National
$12,239
87%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.15 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.15 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.15 responses
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ICS is definitely not for everyone, but if you are prepared to put in a LOT of time and effort into your schoolwork, it prepares you really well for college and beyond in terms of academics and time management. While you won’t get the sports, electives, or wide variety of classes of a normal high school, the community, clubs, and academics are outstanding. Most teachers are pretty good, and a few are excellent.

Side note: parents, please don’t force your kids to go to ICS if they hate it! I know lots of kids who are miserable, and they would be much happier and more successful at a regular high school. Then, someone else who really wants to be here could also get their spot.
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I joined ICS in 9th grade (before then I went to a regular big public (non-choice) middle school in the district). I would definitely say ICS is less competitive than a regular public high school in the area, but in a good way. Overall, the average academic level of the students at this school is higher than the average at a nearby high school, and there's also less outliers (no one or just a few people that are SUPER intelligent or academically challenged).
However, compared to the teachers at my middle school, I have to say I was a bit disappointed. There are only a few (around 4-5ish) teachers that I felt like were engaging and teach the materials well. The rest all seem to either not care or are extremely boring.
In my opinion, I think I was lucky for joining in 9th grade, because I got to experience life at a regular public school and understand the competitiveness out in the real world. At ICS, I felt like some people only understand the level of competitiveness within ICS.
This school is for academically focused students who want to build their resume for college by participating in academic opportunities. Like-minded people are gathered at this place. However if you do not like maintaining good grades and studying very rigorously: this is not the school for you. But if you like studying, getting good grades, and have friends that do the same, then this is the school for you.

Also they do not have big range of clubs or after school activities to join. If you want to seriously do music, drama club, art, or sports, I suggest going to a larger high school that will have a variety of clubs. My impression of the clubs were that they are mostly for resume building: not for fun.

Also your course schedule would be VERY rigid. You cannot have ANY electives until Sophomore year in high school. Personally, it didn't allow me to explore of my own individual interests.