International Community School ranked in Top 100 Schools, achieves Gold Rating

LWSD-Logo300xTwo other high schools achieve silver rating

U.S. News and World Report magazine named International Community School (ICS) in Kirkland, Wash., number 22 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. ICS also ranked number two in Washington state.

In addition, two other LWSD schools were also included in the U.S. News rankings: Eastlake High School (EHS) and Lake Washington High School (LWHS). Here are the U.S. News rankings for all three schools:


School State Rank National Rank Medal College-Readiness Index
ICS 2 22 Gold 96.8
LWHS 26 1,020 Silver 32.4
EHS 28 1,031 Silver 32.3

U.S. News and World Report uses a three-step process to analyze schools:

  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 12th-grade students in the school and how well they performed on these exams).

More information about their methodology is available here:


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.