Upcoming Event:  Virtual Coffee with the Principal (Nov. 5, 9-10 AM). 

This event is one of our most popular! Coffee with Principal McCormick is a great opportunity to learn about high school activities from the administration's perspective. Principal McCormick is always very gracious in answering all questions; she has always been open and candid. This informal gathering is a great way to get detailed information directly from the source!  Parents and guardians of transfer students and 9th graders are especially encouraged to attend. 

Zoom info will be published on our main page (www.issaquahhighptsa.org), 24 hours before the event. Sponsored by the New Family Ambassadors. 

Year-round Useful Links

IHS E-News Archive

Acronyms & School Jargon

Whom Do I Contact?

ISD 2020-21 School Calendar

IHS Yearbook Submissions

Latest IHS Counseling Newsletter

PTSA Presidents' Newsletter


Frequently Asked Questions

Everyone is brand new to IHS at some point!  Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).  Do you have a suggestion for another question?  If so, email IHPTSACommunications@gmail.com.


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).

Students should 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? 

Since eagles are the mascot, NEST is the nurturing time on Friday afternoons where students can get extra help from teachers or counselors.  See a list of jargon and acronyms HERE.


6) How do I sign up for sports? 

Contact the coach and attend Sports Night.  More info HERE under Athletics.   Registration info is HERE.  You will need to have a physical and have the physician sign off on a document you bring.


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.  The Clubs' page can be found HERE and the specific 2020-21 club list HERE.  The 2020 Club Fair video can be 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 is an optional PTSA honor cord that may be worn at graduation for students that document 100+ hours of volunteering (from the end of 8th grade until May 1 of the senior year).  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, they 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 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.

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 to I find out what courses are available? 

Google "IHS Course Catalog" or click HERE.


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, submissions are all online (as opposed to yearbook students interviewing other students at school).  The easiest reminder is to follow the IHS Yearbook Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/issy_yearbook/) 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. 


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

PTSA Presidents' August Blog

Principal McCormick's Video on Remote Learning

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

Digital Tools Login Info

Remote Learning Bell Schedule