Key points of our curriculum, including National History, the DELE, Focus Week, and STAMP
AP course offered at ICS include the following:
- Environmental Science
- Comparative Government
- Calculus AB
DELE stands for Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language). The Diplomas are issued by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture & Sports. They are the official certification of a person’s level of proficiency in Spanish at an international level.
Focus Week (FW) excursions are week-long, teacher led adventures in which students explore concepts outside those covered in the classroom. Whether traveling to distant shores such as Greece, Paris, or Colonial American battlefields or enjoying a local excursion such as Spanish cooking or Salish Sea exploration, students have the opportunity to delve deeper into and forge a stronger understanding of a topic that can transform their lives. The lessons and the memories last a lifetime.
Every 8th grade student at ICS participates in National History Day. Students learn firsthand the value of studying one subject in great depth. Impressive research and meticulous documentation becomes transformed into a dazzling display of skills mastery and learning. Award-winning ICS topics have included Henry VIII's court, the Lowell Mill Girls, the obscenity trial of Allen Ginsberg, the colonization of the Congo, the Tonkin Gulf Incident, and many others. Students learn the benefits of individual research and group participation.
Student Taught Academic Mentoring Program
ICS devotes a significant amount of time to helping student leaders learn the skills they need to help younger students become strong community members. These leadership skills and the community strength that develops through a structured approach all add to the academic experience. Students meet with their assigned peer group for coaching and then use their skills with younger students.
Camp Cispus is our ICS middle school camp and is an opportunity where our 6th-8th grade students spend time getting to know one another, learn how to prepare socially, emotionally, and academically for ICS, and participate in some enriching activities to facilitate community-building and learning. Some of our activities for students include, classes on stress, building ICS community, mental health education, learning differences, health, and more, our low-ropes challenge course, and a Wednesday campfire night with skits and acts performed by students and staff. The camp is led by a team of upperclassmen students (11th-12th grade) that are given the opportunity to be camp counselors for the younger grades and are the ones who plan, manage, and run camp with the help of chaperones, teachers, and camp advisor. Camp is an important requirement for our ICS curriculum and is an opportunity our students look forward to each year.
Our camp usually is held during the first week of school each year.