About This School
Alternative schools are public schools that offer nontraditional education for students whose needs cannot be met in a regular, special education, or vocational school. While alternative schools are distinct from regular, special education, and vocational schools in their teaching approach or classroom environment, they can provide similar services and/or curriculum for students. Alternative schools include schools for potential dropouts, residential treatment centers for substance abuse, schools for chronic truants, and schools for students with behavioral problems. See International Community School's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, International Community School had 23 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Washington average is 19 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Grade 7 Writing Performance
International Community School Reviews
As public schools go, this is a decent school but not nearly as good as they think they are.
Ancient facilities, cognitive misalignment (they teach 10th grade biology to 7th grade students and wonder why most students fail biology the first year), relatively inexperienced teachers with unrealistic demands means it is not a place for the faint hearted. In addition, their "lottery " admissions system makes the ethnic makeup of the school unbelievable but skews test scores in ICS's favor.
I regret sending my child to school here but I bought into the "hype" of it being one of the best public schools in the country. That assessment must be solely based on test scores NOT on the teachers, instructional methods, facilities, or curriculum.
The school also does not believe in developing the entire child and there are NO physical education courses so you see a lot of out of shape, sun starved kids walking around. 7th through 12th grade without a PE class does not form the basis of a healthy, well-developed (emotionally and physically) student.