Year End Update
June 4, 2008
• The International School strives to offer the best
comprehensive secondary education in the United
States. It provides a unique focus on the phenomenon
of globalization and actively teaches the principles of
global citizenship. The school takes a leadership role
in education in developing the most integrated and
effective curriculum in all academic areas. It also
provides the most nurturing and supportive learning
community involving students, parents, faculty, and
administration. The International School continually
measures its practice against the best, in order to set the
standard for all.
• Give an honest assessment of where we are as
• Provide additional good news about our school
• Share and discuss some areas of concerns
• Discuss next steps and areas for improvement
• Some question and answers, and begin a dialog
around community wide issues.
The good news
• Highest performing school in the district,
and one of the highest performing schools
in the country
The best secondary education
• Low failure rate
• College Preparation
– AP & Other measures
International School: Highest GPA
of all High Schools in the District for
3 years straight
2006 2007 2008
I.S. Lowest D&F rate in the district-
School % of D&F grades given
for 1st semester 07-08
US News & World Report
• IS Ranked #5 in the country
• Highest in the district and the state
• Based on combination of factors including
WASL, # of tests taken, and AP passage
• International ranked #10 by Newsweek
– Highest ever ranking and highest ranking in
2008 National Merit Finalists
• 4- Highest # ever
– Steven Ambo
– Logan Gowdey
– Katie Nelson
– Lucas Petrucci
2009 National Merit Scholarship
– Highest ever in our school.
• Megan Addison
• Charles Cooper
• Philip de Sa e Silva,
• Leah Fantle
• Dandi Huang
• Jonathan Matson
• Paul Malmsten
• Allison Reeder
• Andrea Rogers
• Jessica Smith
• Maia Szafer,
• Anthony Trinh
• Sophia Welti
#1 in the State of Washington
• Most physically fit secondary school in the
State of Washington.
– Washington Health Federation-Governor’s
Health Bowl Challenge
– $5,000 award to our PE department for this
Our student admitted to college at
an amazing rate
• 24 of 28 admitted to UW in most selective year
• 5 students admitted to UW Honors Program
• Stanford, USC, Santa Clara, Washington
University, Brown, Georgetown, Boston
University, Gonzaga, Whitman, Kenyon, Cal
Poly, Rensalaer Technical institute, Purdue,
Notre Dame, Duke, Arizona State University,
Western Washington, SPU, Seattle U., and
Scholarships & Awards
• Too many to list, but here are a few
– 2 Presidential Scholarship Nominees
• Steven Ambo
• Katie Nelson
– 1 Herff Jones Leadership Recipient
• Katie Nelson
– Washington Scholar (4 year tuition to any
school in the state of Washington)
• Logan Gowdey
• Full Ride Scholarship to Arizona State
– Scott Spencer
• Boston University Trustees Scholarship
– Logan Gowdey
• Mary Gates Scholarship Recipient
More good news: Student service
and student citizenship
• Our kids care about making the world they
live in better. They are demonstrating
– Bite of International
– Flood Relief for Southwest Washington
– Relay for Life
– Senior Prom for senior citizens
Areas of reflection and continued
– Homework survey
– IB discussion and inquiry
– Continued support for library, extended tutorial
– New SAT review class started
– A math support instructional assistant was hired to
support middle school math students.
• School & District:
– Continued reflection and modification of curriculum
• There is a district wide budget reduction ($4.8
Million over two years). Every school is being
impacted. Our major reduction is in the area of
allocation of funds for teachers (FTE).
• .9 FTE reduction (1.0 FTE = 1 full time teacher)
• There will also be a smaller building budget as
• These same kinds of reductions are occurring
across the district.
Multiple departments are receiving
• International Studies
Average Class Sizes
• Humanities 27.9
• I.S. 29.5
• Science 26.5
• Math 25.3
• French 27
• German 24.6
• PE 28
• Art 27
• Music 36.7
• School Avg. 28
We will continue to be great
• While the reductions make for a tighter
class sizes, overall, we are in very good
• The secondary average class size is about
29. We are slightly below this average.
• We will have the best instruction, and the
best support in every classroom.
Questions about Staffing or
The tough news
• Community, citizenship, and responsibility
• A note: A large portion of our students are very
well behaved, make excellent choices, and are
good citizens of the school.
• Recent events have led to believe, however, that
we have some work to do with some of our
students in the area of personal responsibility
and citizenship toward the school.
Drinking & Drug Use
• Most recent incident
– Approximately 7 students directly involved over a
period of about 3 to 4 weeks.
– Drinking occurred mostly during lunch time.
– One day, two students went to the emergency room.
– The alcohol was stolen (be a few of the 7 students)
from their homes and brought to school without
– Some other students knew about what was going on,
but either chose not to tell any adults, or did not know
how to tell an adult.
Drinking and drug use continued
• Ashland Focus Week Trip this year
– 911 call for drug over dose
– 3 students suspended for drinking or drug use.
– Other senior students involved, but conspired to cover
up what occurred.
– Past focus week trips, stories of students drinking as
– Parents and students have reported that some
students were bragging about alcohol and drug use
• While the most recent and dramatic event
of middle school students drinking during
lunch was shocking, what was also
concerning was a possible acceptance of
drinking and drug use by some students
during school events across grade levels.
What we did?
• Revise lunch policy
– Safety first (bathrooms and library are now
• Student class meetings
• A community Forum
• Teachers have met to discuss new
guidelines for over night trips, etc. These
will be announced soon.
• Will need to revise lunch policy again.
• It can’t be the way it was before; but we need more
space. I am considering several options.
• Continued dialog with l students and staff about building
a stronger community between and among grades.
• Discussion around teaching responsibility on multiple
levels: individual, for your friends, your family, and your
• Continued discussion around drug and alcohol issues:
It’s a societal issue, and it takes a broad based
Discussion & Questions?
• We’re in great shape; however, like any
community we have definite areas for
• But, we can’t be complacent; we need to focus
on our core goals, continue to analyze the data,
continue to collaborate, and continue to find
ways to improve our school community in all
areas: academic, emotional and physical.
• I look forward to the journey with you.