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Understanding School Improvement Plans (SIP)

What is a SIP?

  • Our School Improvement Plan is a blueprint for enhancing student success and school performance, aligning with the Washington Administrative Code 180-16-220.
  • Annually reviewed and approved by the school board, the SIP is a collaborative effort, led by our principals, involving school and district staff.
  • SIPs are developed with Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
    • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a proactive framework to improve outcomes for each and every student through a comprehensive continuum of evidence-based supports for academic and social/emotional learning in order to provide equitable opportunities applied at the individual, classroom, school and district level.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

District Strategic Plan



Schools use multiple data sources to inform their planning. Progress toward school improvement in overall achievement and disproportionality is monitored using state and district measures using a common School Improvement Data Dashboard.


How We Develop Our SIPs:

Collective Inquiry Process:

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1. Examination

We analyze data and experiences to identify trends, issues, and opportunities, resulting in a well-defined problem of practice.

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2. Goal Setting

We establish clear objectives for student outcomes and teacher actions, forming our goals and theory of action.

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3. Learning and Planning

We devise strategies to address identified issues, culminating in a detailed action plan.

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4. Implementing

With a focus on what's needed for execution, we collect evidence to assess our strategies' effectiveness.

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5. Monitoring

We continuously evaluate our progress and the impact of our strategies, using feedback to refine our approach.

The 9 Characteristics of Successful Schools

Our SIP integrates the OSPI's nine characteristics of successful schools, ensuring a comprehensive approach to school improvement:

  1. Clear and shared focus
  2. High standards and expectations
  3. Effective leadership
  4. Collaboration and communication
  5. Aligned curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  6. Regular monitoring of learning
  7. Focused professional development
  8. Supportive learning environment
  9. Strong family and community involvement

Staff certification and demographic information is available for each school at the OSPI School Report Card Home

Our Commitment to Holistic Education

  • We acknowledge the influence of non-academic factors on learning and well-being.
  • Our plans aim to address educational disparities, guided by the Washington School Improvement Framework (WSIF).
  • We base our actions on proven best practices and are committed to continuous improvement and adaptation.

Technology and Community in Learning

  • We leverage technology to enhance teaching and learning, ensuring our students are prepared for the future.
  • Parent, family, and community involvement is crucial. We encourage and value your partnership in our educational journey.


Root Cause Analysis

Student achievement is often a result of underlying situations and events experienced by a student. 

It is imperative that in addressing student achievement, we consider factors at play such as racism, prejudice, marginalization, and mental health.

We believe that each student has the potential to achieve, and it is our responsibility to provide all students with the opportunity and support needed to meet their highest capability in a safe and welcoming environment. We acknowledge that systemic and institutional inequities and bias exist, creating barriers for student achievement and well-being. We are committed to raising the achievement of all learners and a culture that promotes the identification and removal of barriers causing predictability and disproportionality of the highest and lowest achieving groups.

Elementary Schools

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Briarwood Logo - icon only
Cascade Ridge Elementary Logo - icon only
    Cascade Ridge
Cedar Trails Elementary Logo - icon only
    Cedar Trails
Challenger Elementary Logo - icon only
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Cougar Ridge Elementary Logo - icon only
    Cougar Ridge 
Creekside Elementary Logo - icon only
Discovery Elementary Logo - icon only
Endeavour Elementary Logo - icon only
Grand Ridge Elementary Logo - icon only
    Grand Ridge
Issaquah Valley Elementary Logo - icon only
    Issaquah Valley
Maple Hills Elementary Logo - icon only
    Maple Hills 
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Sunny Hills Elementary logo - icon only
    Sunny Hills 
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Middle Schools

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    Beaver Lake 
Cougar Mountain Middle School Logo - icon only
        Cougar Mountain
Issaquah Middle School Logo - icon only
    Issaquah Middle
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    Pacific Cascade 
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    Pine Lake

High Schools

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    Gibson Ek 
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        Issaquah High
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    Echo Glen