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International Community School

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International Community School (ICS) is a 7-12th grade school in the Lake Washington School District. Called a choice school, it offers a special six year Humanities/International Studies/Arts curriculum, instead of the regular no art/LASS(Language Arts and Social Studies). Additionally, students study a foreign language, Spanish, for four years, with the intention of achieving fluency in that language. Every year, students from the school go on Focus Week, leaving "the confines of the classroom to expand their knowledge". [1] (http://schools.lwsd.org/ICS/Pages/About/Focus_Week.htm)

The school is located in Kirkland, Washington, and serves all students from the Lake Washington School District, which covers eastern King County, Washington. It was founded by parents in 1997 and modeled after the International School in the nearby Bellevue School District. In every year since it was founded, ICS students have achieved scores on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) test ranked among the top few schools in Washington.

As of 2003, ICS had an enrollment of 367 students. Because of the limited enrollment, students are chosen from applicants from Lake Washington School District's 6th grade class by lottery, though it was founded with a sibling advantage which has largely expired. The mascot is the Phoenix, and the motto is "Forever We Rise".

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