Our Students, Our Schools, Our Learning Community
The Issaquah School District is educating the innovators, entrepreneurs and civic leaders of tomorrow. Students in our district repeatedly score within the top 5% on state and national standardized tests, but our teachers aim for more. They create passionate lifelong learners who want to achieve their personal and professional potential in a rapidly changing world. The district has grown with our region as it has transformed during the past 100 years from sleepy mining towns to the heart of a vibrant economic and cultural region. More than 19,000 students were enrolled during the 2021-2022 school year in the district’s 27 schools, which cover a span of 110 square miles and seven municipalities.
The district serves a generally upper middle-class community that is becoming increasingly ethnically diverse. Residents lead and work at local corporate giants such as Microsoft, Costco, Starbucks, Google and Boeing. It’s no surprise that community members here are exceptionally tech-savvy and involved in local education in a sophisticated way. We enjoy incredible levels of parental involvement and high levels of PTSA membership. The community is engaged with us. Business members help shape career curriculum and voters consistently pass levies and bonds.
Our schools offer a well-rounded curriculum. Students excel in highly capable, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs, explore interest-based and real-world learning at our innovative high school and have opportunities to take a variety career and technical classes. District teachers are respected professionals: 90% of community members have rated them “excellent” in ongoing surveys, and according to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, 60% hold master's degrees or higher.
While Issaquah schools are always academically celebrated, their true character shines through the passion, compassion, creativity, and diverse interests of students and staff. The district has also been recognized for its fiscal management by earning Moody's Aaa highest bond rating. Less than 5% of school districts nationwide share this distinction, which helps keep tax rates as low as possible for residents.