International Community School Ranked in Top 100 Schools, Achieves Gold Rating

Redmond High School receives a silver rating

U.S. News and World Report magazine named International Community School (ICS) in Kirkland, Wash. number 29 out of the top 100 high schools in the nation in their annual America’s Best High Schools rating, and gave the school a gold ranking. Redmond High School (RHS) received a silver ranking.

U.S. News and World Report uses a three-step process that analyzes:

1)      How schools are educating all of their students.

2)      How schools are educating their minority and disadvantaged students, and

3)      The college-bound students at each school, based on student scores on statewide tests, Advanced Placement (AP) tests, and International Baccalaureate(IB) tests, by creating a College Readiness Index (equal to the school’s AP or IB participation rate divided by the total number of 12-grade students in the school and how well they performed on these exams).

ICS had a College Readiness Index of 89.3 and RHS had a score of 42.6.

This is the third year that ICS has been recognized in the top 100 schools. Last year, it was number ranked as number 24. In 2007, it was ranked at number 17 and was the highest-rated school in the state of Washington. This is the second year that RHS has received a silver rating.

“We are honored to once again be recognized as one of the nation’s top 100 high schools,” noted ICS Principal Cindy Duenas. “It is truly a reflection on the students and staff at our school that we have achieved this ranking for the third year in a row.”

“We are so proud to once again be recognized with a silver ranking,” noted RHS Principal Jane Todd. “This recognition helps to support our students and staff in their efforts to reach high standards every day.”

“It is always an honor to see our schools recognized nationally for the level of success that the students and staff have achieved,” noted Lake Washington School Superintendent Dr. Chip Kimball. “I am consistently impressed by the hard work of our students, staff and parents in schools throughout the district.”

ICS was one of only four schools to receive a gold ranking in Washington state. RHS was one of only nine schools in King County to receive a silver ranking, and one of only 17 in the state.

ICS is a choice school in Lake Washington School District, meaning that students from throughout the district can apply to attend the school, which serves students in grades seven through 12. Entry is by lottery. ICS began when parents and educators came together in 1997 to create and support a small, academically rigorous secondary education program with a focus on international awareness.

U.S. News and World Report works with School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education data research business run by Standard & Poor’s to rate high schools, based upon data from the 2007-2008 school year. A three-step process is used to determine the best high schools, using both state proficiency standards and assessing the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.