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This section of the Community Report for the 2020-2021 school year provides a snapshot of the district's finances and factors that affect our budget. For a complete report including a line-by-line operations budget, please visit the Finance webpage. 

The District

In the 2020-2021 school year, our suburban school served more than 20,000 students at 15 elementary schools, five middle schools, three comprehensive high schools, and a big picture high school. During the past two and a half decades the district experienced rapid expansion requiring the addition of seven elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. Districtwide growth slowed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Enrollment has continued to grow at the secondary level, where there are plans in place to add an additional new high school facility for the continued overcrowding at school sites. Long term enrollment patterns will depend upon land use decisions, the overall pace of housing development, and whether King County as a whole continues to decline in population as it has in the aftermath of COVID-19. 

Where the Money Goes

The district is the second largest employer in the City of Issaquah, with more than 2,900 full time and part-time staff members. (This excludes several hundred substitute employees). These employees include 1,400 teachers, 370 educational assistants, 135 bus drivers, 70 food service workers, 195 office/support staff, 140 custodial/maintenance personnel, and other administrative and support staff.

The district budget is represented by seven distinct cost centers. These cost centers encompass all of the above staff and help to present a visual picture of the district and its many programs and services. These cost centers are defined as follows: