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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Issaquah High School is a top rated, public school located in Issaquah, WA. It has 2,329 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 65% of students are at least proficient in math and 98% in reading.
Address
700 2nd Ave SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
Telephone
(425) 837-6000
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Issaquah High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
98%
Percent Proficient - Math
65%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1330
436 responses
Average ACT
30
276 responses
AP Enrollment
32%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$100,844
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,746
National
$949
Median Home Value
$502,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
91%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.23 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.23 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 56 responses
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  • All school video
    20%
  • Football games
    20%
  • Sitting in the Senior section during assemblies
    14%
  • Any sporting event
    13%
  • Dances
    13%
  • Spirit Weeks
    9%
  • Singing our school fight song
    7%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,329
Free or Reduced Lunch
9%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,981
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.8%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.39 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.39 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.39 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$12,743/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.48 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.48 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.48 responses
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The teachers are fantastic (graduated in 2015) for example my us history teacher was amazing he actually helped me with history class and I was terrible in history in general & helped me in other history classes & he was like a father figure to me, my public speaking teacher and creative writing teacher were also terrific. My classmates half of them were okay, the other were awful and most of the classmates were my best friends. My class was known for May madness and the issybros scandal, most of the guys in my class were very sexist and most of the girls were spoiled. My experience was more of academics than classmates. School spirit is fantastic, my senior year my friends and I would go to all of the football games and basketball games and the whole senior class would be with us cheering our friends on. The teachers helped me succeed with a learning disability & now I’m going to college to get my bachelors degree!
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The atmosphere is very competitive and stressful. Taking AP classes seems like the norm and even if you don’t, some regular core classes are unusually difficult, especially for math and science (the teachers typically use college textbooks for homework problems). The students are very exclusive and competitive with each other, and they usually compare grades on tests and ask others how they did. Almost no college advice is given unless you deeply seek for it, and the workload is overbearing, even in non-AP classes. I took one AP class junior year and had about 3 hours of homework a night. This makes it almost impossible to consider taking additional AP classes while balancing other extracurriculars and sports. Also, the homework is usually unhelpful busy work. Some teachers are nice and understanding but others can be disrespectful and have high expectations for their students. To both teachers and students, a high grade equates to worthiness at Issaquah High School.
Like any other school, IHS has it’s ups and downs, but it prepares students for college, provides a wealthy amount of clubs and activities to join, and recognizes multiple cultural varieties in the community. The school work is rigorous and time-consuming, but I believe it allows students to improve and learn at an elevated capacity. There is a lot of school pride and ceremonies to recognize those who have achieved academic, sport, club, and community excellence. IHS has a supportive staff who are there to help students grow as well as a driven student body and ASB to keep school fun and about more than just sitting in a classroom all day.
I have loved my past years as an eagle and will cherish the memories I have made forever: playing soccer, joining ASB, greeting students every morning with music, going to pep assemblies, attending crazy fun after school sports games and activities, etc.