Key points of our curriculum, including National History, Focus Week, and STAMP
Math Policies and Placement
The ICS math pathway follows the sequence below. Students and parents/guardians who have questions regarding our math placement and math pathway should see their individual math teacher.
6th Grade – 6th Grade Math
7th Grade – 7th Grade Math
8th Grade – Algebra 1
9th Grade – Geometry
10th Grade – Advanced Algebra
11th Grade – Math Analysis
12th Grade – Senior Math (Rotating options may be Calculus AB, Statistics, etc.)
Not all AP courses are guaranteed every year and we try to offer as many as we can on an annual to bi-annual basis. AP courses include:
English Literature and Composition
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.
We have a camp experience in the beginning month of every school year.