Top 100 Best STEM High Schools – International Community School – US News & World Report – 30/100

Top 100 Best STEM High Schools – International Community School – US News & World Report – 30/100


Top 100 Best STEM Schools – US News & World Report – 30/100

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International Community School
11133 NE 65TH ST
KIRKLAND, WA 98033

Phone: (425) 889-6880

District: Lake Washington School District

11133 NE 65th ST, Kirkland, WA, 98033
United States
Coordinates Coordinates47°39′50″N 122°11′28″W
Information
Type Public
Established 1997
School district Lake Washington School District
Principal Dr. Matthew Livingston
Faculty 17
Grades 6-12
Enrollment 380
Color(s) Red, Gold, Black [1]
Mascot Phoenix
Website ICS

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Overview

The curriculum at International Community School (ICS) focuses on six core content areas: international studies, humanities, world languages, the arts, science, and math. The integrated curriculum at International Community School emphasizes group discussions and project-based learning. All courses offered in grades 10 to 12 are either honors or Advanced Placement. Students can study abroad via a semesterlong foreign exchange program. Opportunities for parent involvement at ICS include volunteering, field trips, and parent nights.

Rankings / Awards

This details how this school compares to others based on U.S. News ranking criteria.

Medal Awarded Gold
National Rank
#22
State Rank
#2
STEM Rank
#30
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Students / Teachers

These counts and percentages of students and teachers are from data reported by schools to the government.

Total Enrollment 375
Total Minority Enrollment (% of total) 37%
Total Economically Disadvantaged (% of total) 1%
Full-Time Teachers 16
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Test Scores

U.S. News calculates these values based on student performance on state exit exams and internationally available exams on college-level course work (AP®/IB exams).

Proficient in Reading 98%
Proficient in Writing 100%
College Readiness Index 96.8
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School Data

School profile information is based on government data.

Grades Served 07 – 12
Setting Large Suburb
Charter School No
Magnet School No
Receives Title I Funding No
District

This information relates to high schools run by this school’s state operating agency. Many districts contain only one high school.

Total Schools 8
Total Students 5,492
Proficient in Reading (district average) 89%
Proficient in Writing (district average) 91%
College Readiness (district average) 38.6
Total Enrollment 375
9th Grade 56 Students
10th Grade 70 Students
11th Grade 68 Students
12th Grade 54 Students
Student Diversity

This is the breakdown of ethnicity and gender of a school’s student body, based on data reported to the government.

Ethnicity/Race

Total Minority Enrollment (% of total) 37%
American Indian/Alaskan Native Enrollment (% of total) 0.3%
Asian Enrollment (% of total) 32%
Black Enrollment (% of total) 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander (% of total) 0%
Hispanic Enrollment (% of total) 2%
White Enrollment (% of total) 63%
Two or More Races Enrollment (% of total) 2%
Gender

Male (% of total) 48%
Female (% of total) 52%
Economically Disadvantaged Students

These are the percentages of the school’s students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, based on data reported to the government.

Free Lunch Program (% of total) 1%
Reduced-Price Lunch Program (% of total) 0%
Total Economically Disadvantaged (% of total) 1%

Reading Proficiency Distribution

Reading proficiency is determined by student results on the school’s High School Proficiency Exam.

Total Students Tested 67
Below Basic 0%
Basic 2%
Proficient 3%
Advanced 96%
Writing Proficiency Distribution

Writing proficiency is determined by student results on the school’s High School Proficiency Exam.

Total Students Tested 65
Below Basic 0%
Basic 0%
Proficient 6%
Advanced 94%
Overall Student Performance

This measures overall student performance on state exams. The calculations by U.S. News were the first of two steps in determining which schools received at least a bronze medal.

State Test Performance Index 147.0
Risk-Adjusted Performance Index 20.2
Disadvantaged Student Performance

This measures the proficiency on state exams among typically underperforming subgroups. The calculations by U.S. News were the second of two steps in determining which schools received at least a bronze medal.

Percentage of Disadvantaged Students Who Are Proficient N/A
Percentage of Non-Disadvantaged Students Who Are Proficient 98.1
Gap Between Disadvantaged and Non-Disadvantaged Students N/A
Gap Between School and State Among Disadvantaged Students N/A
College-Ready Student Performance

High school students take AP® and IB exams to earn college credit and demonstrate success at college-level course work. U.S. News calculated a College Readiness Index based on exam participation rates and percentages of students passing at least one exam. The Index determined which types of medals (gold, silver or bronze) were awarded to top-performing schools.

College Readiness Index 96.8
Exam Used for Index AP®
Advanced Placement® (AP®) Student Performance

Many U.S. higher educational institutions grant credits or advanced placement based on student performance on AP® exams. This shows this school’s student participation and performance on these exams if data were available. (N/A means no students participated.)

Participation Rate 98%
Participant Passing Rate 98%
Exams Per Test Taker 6.0
Exam Pass Rate 85%
Quality-Adjusted Participation Rate 96%
Quality-Adjusted Exams Per Test Taker 5.2

International Community School (ICS) is a small 6-12th grade public school in the Lake Washington School District, with an average of 65 students per grade. It is part of a series of schools founded by Dr. Bruce Saari. Unlike other “International" schools, “International" in the school’s name simply reflects an international focus in curriculum. It is not an International School as conventionally defined; see International Schools.
ICS is not part of the Lake Washington School District junior high/high school feeder system. It is a choice school, for which an application must be submitted. All complete applications are accepted from students in the district, and students are entered into a lottery to select those who will be admitted. In the event that there is space available in excess of the applications submitted by in-district students, applications by out of district students are allowed.
The school offers a special six year Humanities/International Studies/Arts core curriculum, instead of the regular no art/LASS(Language Arts and Social Studies). Additionally, students study Spanish, for at least four years, with the intention of achieving fluency. Every year, students from the school go on Focus Week, leaving “the confines of the classroom to expand their knowledge".[2] Also, as seniors, students are required to complete a “Culminating Project", in which they spend more than an hour researching and developing a project in a specific area of interest. Their project is then presented to a panel of staff and students in the spring. In so doing, students develop their planning, management, and presentation skills, as well as gain understanding of independent study.