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Welcome to Issaquah High School!

Located in Issaquah, WA, Issaquah High serves approximately 2,300 students in grades 9-12. Read more about Our School.

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Additional sources for information include: 

IHS Counseling Website – updated regularly with information related to the navigation of high school graduation planning and preparing for what your student intends to do after earning their diploma.  

Course Requests - location of information that relates specifically to the selection of courses for each school year. This is where we house the course guide for each school year. This site currently has last year’s information, and we are working to update it for the 2024-2025 school year.  All of the documents will be updated for the Class of 2028 by February 27th.  

9th Grade Classes – Students will choose courses for 7 full periods. We are on semesters (the year divided in half) rather than trimesters that you experienced at the middle school. Some courses are yearlong classes (meaning they won’t change at semester) and some will be only 1 semester so you’d take 2 semester long classes in the same period.  See an example below:  

 

Semester 1  

Semester 2  

1st period 

Biology 

2nd period 

English  

3rd period  

World History  

4th period 

Health  

PE  

5th period  

PE  

Visual Arts   

6th period  

Algebra 1  

7th period  

Concert Band  

Humanities (English & Social Studies) - For 9th grade year, one thing to start thinking about is whether you will choose grade level or honors in humanities offerings. There are honors options for both English and Social Studies. 

Math – Your 9th grade math level should be determined by your performance in your 8th grade math class. This is where some teacher feedback might be useful in making a selection for next year. High School graduation requirements include: 3.0 credits of math. Four year college admissions advisors will recommend those 3.0 credits include at minimum through Algebra 2. Most four year institutions also list a senior year quantitative course as an admissions requirement. This fourth credit of math would be an elective for high school graduation purposes, but an elective they are choosing to be prepared for their pathway after high school graduation.  The course guide will offer a flow chart of choices with recommendations for pattern and sequence.  

Science – Typically 9th graders will take Biology. The exception to that would be students already in Biology in 8th grade. If that is you – please consider the information in the course guide carefully as it relates to recommendations for science courses beyond biology. Please also consider the recommendations as they relate to the math level related to certain courses. There are times where we see students struggle in Chemistry (for example) because they are yet being instructed in content covered in Algebra 2. Additionally – the high school graduation requirement is 3.0 credits of science. Any student taking a fourth credit of science is ‘electing’ to take this course for their post high school pathway. The fourth credit would count toward the high school graduation requirement area ‘elective’. The course guide will offer a flow chart of choices with recommendations for pattern and sequence. 

PE and Health – The stated graduation requirement for health is .5 credit (one semester), and for PE is 1.5 credits (3 semesters). There are a few options for the completion of both health and PE – however those options will not have much relevance as it relates to course selection for grade 9. A majority of our students take health at IHS as part of the seven period day in grades 10-12. PE is a topic of many questions related to four year planning.  

We look forward to working with all of you, as you navigate your first step in becoming Eagles!   

Erin Connolly
Issaquah High School
Principal  

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Additional sources for information include: 

IHS Counseling Website – updated regularly with information related to the navigation of high school graduation planning and preparing for what your student intends to do after earning their diploma.  

Course Requests - location of information that relates specifically to the selection of courses for each school year. This is where we house the course guide for each school year. This site currently has last year’s information, and we are working to update it for the 2024-2025 school year.  All of the documents will be updated for the Class of 2028 by February 27th.  

9th Grade Classes – Students will choose courses for 7 full periods. We are on semesters (the year divided in half) rather than trimesters that you experienced at the middle school. Some courses are yearlong classes (meaning they won’t change at semester) and some will be only 1 semester so you’d take 2 semester long classes in the same period.  See an example below:  

 

Semester 1  

Semester 2  

1st period 

Biology 

2nd period 

English  

3rd period  

World History  

4th period 

Health  

PE  

5th period  

PE  

Visual Arts   

6th period  

Algebra 1  

7th period  

Concert Band  

Humanities (English & Social Studies) - For 9th grade year, one thing to start thinking about is whether you will choose grade level or honors in humanities offerings. There are honors options for both English and Social Studies. 

Math – Your 9th grade math level should be determined by your performance in your 8th grade math class. This is where some teacher feedback might be useful in making a selection for next year. High School graduation requirements include: 3.0 credits of math. Four year college admissions advisors will recommend those 3.0 credits include at minimum through Algebra 2. Most four year institutions also list a senior year quantitative course as an admissions requirement. This fourth credit of math would be an elective for high school graduation purposes, but an elective they are choosing to be prepared for their pathway after high school graduation.  The course guide will offer a flow chart of choices with recommendations for pattern and sequence.  

Science – Typically 9th graders will take Biology. The exception to that would be students already in Biology in 8th grade. If that is you – please consider the information in the course guide carefully as it relates to recommendations for science courses beyond biology. Please also consider the recommendations as they relate to the math level related to certain courses. There are times where we see students struggle in Chemistry (for example) because they are yet being instructed in content covered in Algebra 2. Additionally – the high school graduation requirement is 3.0 credits of science. Any student taking a fourth credit of science is ‘electing’ to take this course for their post high school pathway. The fourth credit would count toward the high school graduation requirement area ‘elective’. The course guide will offer a flow chart of choices with recommendations for pattern and sequence. 

PE and Health – The stated graduation requirement for health is .5 credit (one semester), and for PE is 1.5 credits (3 semesters). There are a few options for the completion of both health and PE – however those options will not have much relevance as it relates to course selection for grade 9. A majority of our students take health at IHS as part of the seven period day in grades 10-12. PE is a topic of many questions related to four year planning.  

We look forward to working with all of you, as you navigate your first step in becoming Eagles!   

Erin Connolly
Issaquah High School
Principal  

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Please note the agenda and materials may be modified up to 24 hours prior to the meeting; after that time, any agenda modifications will be addressed at the meeting.

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March 15, 2024, which was previously noted on the school-year calendar as a potential inclement weather make-up day, will be a school day to make up for the day the district canceled school due to poor road conditions on Jan. 17.

The new 2023-24 school-year calendar is available on our website

If school is canceled again during the school year due to inclement weather or other unforeseen changes, additional school days will be added to the school calendar in June.

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Issaquah gymnasts competed at Districts with 15 other schools on Saturday, February 10.

Ally Canavera, Marilyn Clifford, Caprice Oliva, Anna Korst, Captain - Jorie Dougherty, Mollie Hostetter and Peyton High each showcased their amazing skills across 4 events. 

Congratulations to Anna Korst in qualifying for State in Bars & Beam. Anna will compete Thursday, 2/22 at Sammamish High School.

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By the Numbers

2,466

Students enrolled in the 2022-23 school year.

Issaquah High School prepares students to fly when they leave the nest by inspiring students to reach their full potential and become lifelong learners who positively impact the world and community in which they live.

151 

Classroom teachers in the 2021-22 school year.

In the 2021-22 school year, our teachers had an average of 11.7 years of experience.

59.6%

Of our teachers have a master's degree or higher.

To find the contact information for one of our teachers or staff, visit the directory (use the menu option at the top right to access the directory).

97%

Of our students graduate in four years.

This data is from the 2021-22 school year, the most recent year available from OSPI.

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School Highlights & Programs

Our students will be prepared for and eager to accept the academic, occupational, personal and practical challenges of life in a dynamic global environment.

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Meet Principal Erin Connolly

Hello, Eagle families! One of the best parts about being a principal is getting to build relationships with students, staff and families. A few fun facts about me: My family immigrated to the United States in the 1920s from a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland. My favorite young adult book is “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” I enjoy listening to folk music, and if I could only eat one type of food for the rest of my life, it would be tacos. My bucket list includes traveling to all of the continents.  

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Responsible Citizenship

Students will understand and respect their freedoms and responsibilities as members of the ISD community and global world at large. They will move forward in all aspects of their lives by applying the ethical and equitable values fostered in their education.

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Comprehensive Awareness

Students will receive extensive social-emotional support each year of their educational career. In addition, they will learn life skills to support all aspects of their growth, including collaboration, goal setting, physical health, creativity, and resilience.

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