The Issaquah Schools Foundation funds programs that advance academic achievement, support struggling students, promote professional development and connect students to their futures.
Advancing Academic Achievement
Academic Enrichment Grants from $100 to $10,000 provide teachers with funding for projects that enrich education, fill unmet needs and serve as incubators for innovation. The VOICE Mentoring Program, Financial Literacy Program, After-School Homework Labs and Robotics Clubs all began as Academic Enrichment Grants.
After-School Homework Labs at high schools and Open Libraries at middle schools give every student access to free tutoring or a supervised location to study or use the computer after school.
PSAT Scholarships launch 10th and 11th grade students on their college journey by ensuring they have the opportunity to take this critical pre-college board exam at their school, during the school day. AP and IB Scholarships ensure all students have the ability to take exams to test their knowledge of rigorous coursework and earn college credit. every sophomore and junior has the opportunity to take these pre-college board exams at their school, during the school day.
Curriculum Support enables the District to accelerate the State’s 17-year curriculum adoption timeline and purchase new text and materials at 7-10 year intervals, ensuring our students learn from relevant materials that align with state and national standards.
Highly Capable Funding for the MERLIN and SAGE programs at the elementary level supports materials and teacher training programs essential to challenging this unique group of students. The Foundation will also assist middle and high school highly capable programs as needs arise.
Special Services Funding provides differentiated instruction for students in the LRCI and LRCII classrooms and speech and occupational therapists. This includes adaptive technology, professional development for teachers and other materials.
Annual Dedicated Fine Arts Fund of $100,000 supports the vocal, drama, band, orchestra and visual arts programs that play an essential role in a comprehensive education.
Bringing Shakespeare Alive allows artists from the Seattle Shakespeare Company to visit each 9th grade language arts class to ‘bring alive’ the study of Shakespeare.
Community Outreach Support includes translation services and funding for Voice of the Community, a magazine to connect families (for whom English is not a primary language) to our schools and our community.
Science Tech Magnet Support invests dollars in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) focused programs that take alternate approaches to classroom education.
Supporting Struggling Students
VOICE Mentor Program pairs caring community volunteers with students in need of academic and/or personal support. Mentors meet with students for one hour per week throughout the year with transformational results.
Port Blakely Environmental Stewardship Program is a collaboration with the Mountains to Sound Greenway that gives students in 9th grade pre-biology classes access to hands on learning in the classroom and in the field.
Pre-K/Kindergarten Summer School provides early intervention for Pre-K students who indicate a need for additional support during spring assessments. Students attend summer school at one of three sites, for four weeks of intensive instruction in the areas of reading and school readiness. The program is open to students from every elementary school in the district.
Start Strong works with a cohort of students in the summer prior to the start of their freshman year. During three to five-day courses, students build study skills, create supportive networks, and develop familiarity with the curriculum and school culture to ensure a successful transition to high school. The program continues throughout the students’ high school careers with ongoing mentoring and field trips, which build relationships and connections to life after high school
Targeted Academic Intervention funds after-school academic assistance programs taught by certified staff to help students reach grade level in math, reading, writing or science.
Healthy Youth Initiative works to provide a supportive environment by addressing key youth issues, including substance abuse prevention, homelessness, bullying prevention, strengthening emotional resiliency and reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences. It also ensures basic student needs are met, including breakfast, school supplies, dental care, vision care and warm clothing.
Promoting Professional Development
National Board Certification scholarships of up to $1,500 aid teachers in pursuing this rigorous and highly regarded professional development program. Since the Foundation began granting scholarships, the number of National Board Certified teachers has soared from 2 to 155.
New Teacher Classroom Start Up Funds provide teachers with welcome packages that contain a $100 gift certificate and coupons from local merchants help stock their classroom and welcome them to the community.
CTE Scholarships Writing provide additional training and certification for Career and Technical Education teachers in areas that provide our students with real world application in the classroom including: Sports Medicine, Video Production, Business and Marketing, Theater Production, Culinary Arts and Forensic Science.
Writing Residencies provides all K-8 teachers the opportunity to strengthen their writing instruction. The residencies are taught by nationally renowned consultants Matt Glover, Penny Kittle and experts from Columbia Teachers College.
Connecting Students to their Futures
TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) support, through a partnership with Microsoft and the District, brings passionate technology professionals into our high school classrooms to teach Computer Science and Web Design.
Financial Literacy for all 8th graders includes curriculum on personal finance topics and culminates with a field trip to the Jr. Achievement Finance Park in Auburn.
Robotics Clubs are supported by ISF at every middle and high school in the District. Schools compete in local and regional competitions, with the possibility of advancing to the world competition. It is estimated that more than 75% of students participating in high school robotics clubs pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math.
STEM (Science, Technology, English, Math) Funding provides $6,000 to each high school to further enrich co-curricular and extra-curricular clubs and classes that provide rich and valuable learning opportunities for students in STEM-related fields. These clubs/classes include Rocketry, Environmental Science, Video Production, Forensics and Engineering.
Great Careers Conference held in partnership with the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce each spring, introduces students to secondary education options outside the typical four-year college path,
Career Cruising is an innovate self-exploration and planning software that engages every high school student in the process of building their future, inspiring and informing their dreams.
Inspire connects the business community to our students, providing access to internships, speakers, job shadowing and career experts.