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ISD 2021-22 School Calendar

Latest IHS Counseling Newsletter (June 2021)

College and Career Center's Blog 

11-minute video overview of the College and Career Center website 

PTSA Presidents' Newsletter (English) (Español)

Canvas Support for Students and Parents

FAQs for Back to School in August 2021

2021 Regional Resources for Families

Issaquah School District- Accessing Information in Different Languages


Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome!  Everyone is brand new to IHS at some point.  Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).  Question suggestions, email


1) I'm a parent/guardian of a 9th grader or transfer student.  What should I do?  Give me the short version.


2) How do I find out information?  

The school's main source of communication is its weekly E-News.  You are not automatically included.  To get on the list, sign up HERE and mark Issaquah High and Issaquah School District.  Older E-news can be found HERE

Follow PTSA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Attend PTSA events such as New to IHS Night (August), New Family Ambassadors Program's socials (year-round), and Ask an Academic Advisor Night (October).  Come ask the principal questions at the PTSA monthly general meetings, listed on our calendar.

Students can follow IHS ASB's instagram.


3) Is there anything for new families? 

The PTSA has a program called the New Family Ambassadors.  This pairs up an old-timer with a newcomer, so they can have someone to ask questions.  There are social activities year-round.  While this is geared towards new-to-the-area parents and guardians, anyone is welcome (including old-timers) as long as they are willing to make new friends.  


4) I keep hearing about PTSA, Boosters, ASB, and ISF.  What's the difference?  

In a nutshell, PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student Association) deals with things that affect student learning, Boosters (parents) fundraise for extra-curricular clubs and sports, ASB (Associated Student Body) is the student-run organization that oversees clubs and school dances, and ISF (Issaquah Schools Foundation) funds district-wide programs.  See a flier with more details HERE


5) Talking about jargon, what exactly is Nest and Eagle Crew? 

Since eagles are the mascot, Nest is the nurturing time during school hours where students can get extra help from teachers or counselors.  Eagle Crew is a group of juniors and seniors who act as mentors for 9th graders and plan freshmen activities.  View this list of acronyms and jargon.


6) How do I sign up for sports? 

Registration Info HERE


7) How do I find out about clubs?  

The school hosts a club fair in mid-October during Nest.  Most clubs have a weekly meeting during the school year.  View the Club's Page HERE and the specific 2020-21 club list HERE.  The 2020 Club Fair video can be found found HERE

To participate, students must purchase an ASB card HERE or with the bookkeeper at IHS. Any student needing financial assistance should talk to the Attendance Secretary, Lisa Hollingsworth.


8) Are any clubs particularly noteworthy at IHS? 

In no particular order, these clubs do well at the regional and/or national level. 

DECA (Business club), Robotics, Sports MedicineEvergreen Orchestra (audition only), Mix It Up, In Harmony, and Hi Tones (audition-only, acapella singing groups)


9) How do I find a staff member (e.g. the Attendance Secretary)?

The school's staff members are listed HERE or you can search the ISD Directory HERE.  You might have to use a shorter word search (e.g. "Attendance" instead of "Attendance Secretary").  


10) Are community service hours required to graduate? 

No, but there's an optional IH PTSA Honor Cord students may earn for graduation, documenting 100+ volunteer hours. More info HERE.  Submit hours HERE 


11) What is the difference between Running Start and AP Courses?

Running Start is a program for juniors and seniors where they can take classes off-campus (e.g. Bellevue College).  There is an info session in the spring of the sophomore year for students.  The advantage is getting college credit with minimal fees.  The disadvantage is that you have to provide your own transportation.  Also, Bellevue College's credits may not be recognized by private colleges outside of Washington State.  On the other hand, AP (Advanced Placement) courses are college-level courses at IHS that have national exams and are recognized at all colleges.  Expect a college-level course to go twice as fast as a regular high school course.  More info can be found on the Counseling website.


12) What is the difference between the College & Career Center and IHS Counseling


While they overlap slightly, the two IHS departments function differently.  Both have extensive websites that should be explored.

You are assigned to an IHS Counselor based on the student's last name.  They can help with academic questions, course selection, mental health, or IEP/504 Plans.  Your counselor also writes the school's recommendation letter to colleges (allow 10 school days) and sends transcripts.

The IHS College & Career Center organizes visits from college admission officers, tracks the High School and Beyond Plan (required for graduation), posts scholarships and internships, and serves as a resource to parents and students.  They have a mini-library full of college-related books that you can check out.  View an 11-minute overview of the CCC website HERE.

Students and/or parents may make appointments with both IHS departments.


13) What are the graduation requirements?

Click HERE and go to the bottom of the page in the purple section.  You will see class years and a "Grad Planning Sheet."


14) How do I see grades or know how many credits have been completed?  

Google "Issaquah Family Access" or click HERE.   Parents would log into Family Access while students would use Student Access.  Explanations on how to use Family Access can be found HERE.


15) How do I find out what courses are available? 

Google "IHS Course Catalog" or click HERE for the 2021-2022 catalog.


16) What are some of the main school events?

Homecoming (Sept/Oct), Winterfest (Dec), Swingin' in Vienna (Feb), TOLO Dance (April), Senior Prom (June), Senior Farewell (June), and Senior All-Night Grad Party (June).  Major school events are often on the PTSA calendar on the home page.


17) How do students get in the yearbook? 

The yearbook is a class headed by Ellen Jarvinsen at IHS.  Due to COVID-19, 2020-2021 submissions are all online (as opposed to non-COVID years where yearbook students interview other students at school during class time).  The easiest reminder is to follow the IHS Yearbook Instagram page ( which will advertise what they are looking for.  More info HERE on specific quotes and photos needed. 


18) How do I purchase a yearbook, an ASB card, or anything else?

Google "Issaquah touchbase" or click HERE.  During non-COVID times, you can physically go to the school and see the Bookkeeper.


19) How do I fund my student's lunch account (non-COVID times)?

Use My School Bucks .  More info on the school district site HERE. 

Here are some questions/answers from the "Virtual Coffee with the Principal" (Nov. 5, 2020), sponsored by the New Family Ambassadors.    If you still have questions, the principal attends every PTSA General Membership Meeting and answers questions submitted via chat.

1) I would like to understand the college application process.  What do 9th graders need to focus on? 10th graders?  11th graders?  Seniors?

IHS Counseling and the IHS College and Career Center give specific information to each grade.  During non-COVID years, this would be a gathering in the auditorium with all the 9th graders (and so on).  You can also make an appointment with the College & Career Center (CCC)

Ed. note: 

IHS Counseling has suggestions per class year on the bottom half of their main webpage at

IHS College and Career Center has flyers for specific grade levels.

You can make an appointment with Karen Stevens of CCC at .

IH PTSA also has a College and Career Planning button on their website (left-side menu)with recordings about college info.

2) So 9th graders should make an appointment with the College and Career Center sometime this year?

The department is understaffed due to a hiring freeze and this is the busiest season with college applications.  They may ask freshmen parents to wait for an appointment or send an email with questions instead.

3) If a new student from out of district transfers to IHS after middle school, how are their HS level course credits transferred? If they have a different grading system in middle school for those courses, how are they mapped to IHS grading system?

Students need to first work with the school they came from to obtain a high school transcript for those courses.  If that isn't feasible, they can ask their counselor for options but it isn't guaranteed that you can transfer a high school class credit that was earned at a middle school outside of our district.

4) If a parent has already talked with a teacher about concerns (e.g. homework load), what is the next step?

Definitely talk with the teacher first.  That's a district policy.  Please don't skip the teacher --- they feel in trouble when you go above them.  If the answers are not satisfactory, then you have an assigned assistant principal (by last name) that you can ask for help.

Ed. note:  The assistant principals are listed on

5) When should students take their language test?

Ed. note:  Students should read through a FAQ found at  and then email Zach Myers at to set up a test.  Students should already be fluent or nearly fluent to take a world language test and get credit for it.

6) What volunteer opportunities are there during COVID?

There is a graduation honor cord from the PTSA for those who volunteer for 100 hours.  The documentation is online.  Honor Society also requires volunteer hours.

From chat: ASB has a survey link to match volunteers with opportunities (!)

Ed. note:  The PTSA's volunteer page( has info on reporting online hours ( 

Did you miss "New to IHS" Night (Aug. 27. 2020)?  

Not to worry!  You can still watch the 20-minute pre-recorded video (with students Q & A and club slides) 

Thank you to everyone who joined our live Zoom sessions!

Did you miss "Ask an Academic Advisor" Night (Oct. 21, 2020)?

You can still view the PowerPoints and videos HERE (including Spanish/Chinese captions).    This was geared towards those unfamiliar with the U.S. school system or public high schools in the Issaquah School District.

After a brief introduction, IHS counselors showed a pre-recorded presentation and then stayed for a live Q&A session.  Chinese and Spanish breakout rooms were available.


Useful Start-of-the-Year Links

Canvas HelpCanvas in a Different LanguageGuide to Canvas for Parents & Guardians

Digital Tools Login Info

Bell Schedule 

Cultural Bridges Family Guide