Annual School Report
In an intentional effort to develop honorable, thinking, skillful citizens who possess integrity, act with honor and pride, and pursue scholarship and excellence in the service of humanity, Skyline High School has established a strong academic tradition coupled with award-winning activity programs. Its education program prepares students with the necessary skills to successfully achieve their post-secondary life goals, whatever they may be.
Our students will be prepared for and eager to accept the academic, occupational, personal, and practical challenges of life in a dynamic global environment.
Principal 2022-23 School Year:
2022-23 School Year
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Data from the Office of the Superintendent of Instruction (OSPI)
State testing is required by Washington State (RCW 28A.230.095) and federal law. The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), enacted in 1965, is the nation’s national education law and shows a longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. On December 10, 2015 President Obama reauthorized ESEA as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These state and federal laws result in elementary students being regularly tested by the State to assess their progress as they move through school. State tests at the elementary level which fulfill the federal Every Student Succeeds Act include the following:
- Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA):
- English Language Arts (ELA) (10)
- Math (10)
- Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS):
- Science test (11)
- Grades: 9-12
- Enrollment: 2,198
Teacher Experience Data
- Department Highlights
- Improving Student Achievement
- Special Programs
- Extracurricular Activities
- Visual and Performing Arts
- World Language
- Special Education
- International Baccalaureate
The Humanities department has been working to create global citizens who are critical thinkers, readers, and communicators. Students have been analyzing both primary and secondary sources, crafting essays that support arguments, practicing verbal skills through group and whole class presentations, and exploring themes in history and English that embrace diversity. Students have been utilizing a newly adopted, culturally diverse curriculum that supports technological tools while building skills year to year.
- Environmental Systems
- General Physics
- IB Biology
- IB Chemistry
- IB Environmental Systems and Societies
- IB Physics
- IB Sports, Exercise, and Health Science
- Lab Methods
- Science of Forensics
It was a lovely winter for night time observations! Students observed the Orion and Ursa Minor constellations, as well as documenting light pollution in our area! We were able to look at a rare new supernova in the spring, as well as a very rare planetary parade!
This year was a big year for space photography! The James Webb Space Telescope continued to astound us with amazing images. We took time to learn about its mission and what we have to look forward to in the coming years!
As we prepare for the upcoming Artemis missions, we learned about our history of human space exploration and habitation in space. We used this to help us understand how ground-breaking Artemis will hopefully be and cannot wait for these historic events to get underway!
We applied what we learned this year with a culminating project that applied what we learned in astronomy to our favorite science fiction movie/show/book!
Biology invited LRC II to visit for a lab activity with the students.
Some classes created origami birds that were a class favorite!
This year, the Biology department collaborated with the University of Washington’s undergraduate neuroscience journal Grey Matters to bring a sheep brain dissection to Skyline. Neuroscience undergraduates ran sheep brain dissections and taught our 9th grade Biology students some basics of neuroscience as an extension of our Cell Growth and Division Unit.
Gen Chem did the turn a Penny to Gold Lab, Burning Cheetos, Whoosh bottle, Hand on fire demonstration, double displacement labs, Mystery white powder lab, and the mini mole rocket lab.
We invited LRC II students to science classrooms to be a part of Flame Test Lab to show colorful fireworks, as well as several other labs throughout the year.
Students made an element holiday ornament tree and designed their ornaments.
Students involved the school in a discussion of nuclear energy. Students researched and displayed pros and cons and students and staff voted if they were pro or con the use of nuclear energy.
Using chemical and physical properties of elements, students designed Element Superheroes and Advertised an Element to their classes. It was an engaging experience as they were learning Chemistry using art and imagination. Many students in the hallway stop by reading the element properties and relating it the beautiful drawings.
Students in environmental systems explored a variety of topics from earths systems and use of land to pollution and sustainability.
Students got to take many opportunities to explore the outdoor lab and campus looking at biodiversity, succession, pollution, and sustainable architecture.
Students had an opportunity to take more ownership of the role they play in Skyline's ecosystem and help clean up our shared spaces.
There's so much to learn about the world around us and we enjoyed the journey of discovery together.
We had a number of projects with student choice, highlighting our students’ passions and interests! For example, students applied what they learned about momentum and impulse to a sport/activity of their choice.
We revamped our final assessments to be culminating projects instead of high stakes testing. In Semester 1, students had the opportunity to see themselves in science by choosing a scientist that they could relate to and made a FlipGrid video to share with the class. It was great to hear the stories they shared and see the diversity within science! In Semester 2, we let students talk about how physics in the movies doesn’t always measure up to real life!
The highlight of our year is usually our engineering project, and it didn’t disappoint this year! Students used creative materials of their choice to build car models with crumple zones and restraint systems. Then we crash-tested in class to learn about how physics relates to these important safety features.
We ended the year by enjoying the sun and learning how to protect ourselves from harmful UV radiation with a lab designed to look at different protective factors.
Students in IB Biology engaged in a variety of interactive and engaging lessons during the school year. From watercolor painting of nature to exploring the physiological effects of exercise, we made the most of being back in school without limitation. The 126 IB Biology II students each completed an independent investigation, a skill that prepares them well for continuing STEM courses at the university level. Students are tasked with planning, collecting data, and statistically analyzing an experiment of their design. Investigations ranged from the microscale (testing effect of essential oils on bacterial growth) to the macroscale (database analysis on the global effects of healthcare access and rates of infectious disease) and everything in between.
During summer 2022, twenty IB Diploma candidates spent a week in the Olympic National Park as part of the Summer Ecology Research course. Students learned about Pacific Northwest forest ecology and completed an extensive independent research project for their IB Extended Essay. Studies included the impact of altitude on tree diversity and distribution and impact of physical properties of streams on macroinvertebrate abundance. Students appreciate the hands-on, authentic approach to learning.
- The post pandemic teaching in IB Chemistry was focused on hands on with many labs per unit. Students performed 16 labs for 10 units over the teaching session. Some of the interesting ones were, collecting Hydrogen gas by the downward displacement of water, mini mole rockets, calculating the molar Volume of Butane gas at room temperature and pressure.
- Students worked on Final presentations from science articles and performed demonstrations in class.
- IB students designed a stoichiometry scavenger hunt for general Chemistry students which benefited both groups at different levels.
- It was a fun year and the labs made inquiry-based learning very interesting and engaging.
Students successfully completed IAs in field studies which is a big undertaking as most students had never conducted field studies before. It was impressive how they problem-solved to measure things such as soil pH and nutrients, plant biodiversity, lichen as indicators of air pollution, and other topics.
Students had the opportunity to go outside and learn about nature. Students explored their neighborhoods for sustainable development characteristics. They learned some of the local flora and fauna, calculated biodiversity, completed a scavenger hunt of organism interactions, learned how to do tree leaf rubbings and identify the type of tree based on botanical terms.
46 of 51 students took the IB Physics HL exam this year.
We worked with Rotational Motion and gravitation, Electrostatics, Magnetism, DC circuitry, and AC power; Thermodynamics, as well as mechanical and electromagnetic waves, rounded out the content we could cover prior to the exam on May 2.
The students have been wrapping up the course the last few weeks of school by completing two cumulative projects: an in-depth analysis of physics concepts shown in popular movies, and an art project involving a mosaic of transparent tape that, when polarized, shines in a rainbow of colors.
The 61 first-year students have been enjoying IB hands-on labs in Mechanics, Fluids, and Thermodynamics. Most of these students will be moving on to the 2nd year of the IB Physics course sequence and will be taking the IB exam in 2024.
Our IB SEHS class completed the year with 9 students completing the testing.
We hosted a professional nutritionist to learn about personal health and nutrition in the healthcare industry.
We created portfolios showcasing learning of skills in our own sports as well as theories behind teaching and learning.
We all developed and presented lessons on health and wellness as we age.
Our juniors are creating a skit to share our understanding of current nutrition strategies impacting sport.
- We started the academic year by learning the steps of scientific methods (creating hypotheses, building theory, writing the conclusion etc.) and I am so glad to see my students' improvement in writing lab reports throughout the year.
- We used the technology in different activities: practices, projects, labs, video presentations, quizzes, and class work. Technology helped a lot to my students’ engagement and understanding.
- My students loved our in-person labs (especially flame test, elephant toothbrush lab, car & ramp lab, and acceleration lab etc.), and also group work-project activities.
- We also had the Gizmos labs which helped my students’ understanding of different chemistry and physics concepts.
Learned how to process and investigate crime scenes, collect and analyze evidence.
Discovered how investigators use angle of impact to calculate the trajectory of a bullet fired from a gun.
Examined what to do with mysterious stains that could be blood- using presumptive and confirmatory tests to identify blood.
Classified different types of blood spatter, and the injuries that could cause them.
Collected (fake) urine samples from suspects and performed presumptive colorimetric tests to detect if any contained (fake) drugs.
Identified different compounds that might be in a mysterious powder using confirmatory tests in toxicology.
Determined the mechanism, mode, cause and time of death.
Researched famous cases such as Casey Anthony, OJ Simpson, JFK assassination, Michael Peterson and the 1980's Tylenol Murders.
The Visual and Performing Arts Department includes opportunities in drawing, sculpting, orchestra, choir, band, guitar, piano, music production and theatre. Students can also pursue IB credit in music, theatre, or art. Each of those individual arts excel yearly! All of the performance ensembles in choir, band and orchestras typically attend the local Eastshore League Festivals or other festivals such as the University of Washington-hosted adjudicated festival.
Members of our choir, orchestra and band ensembles are selected for All-State, All-Northwest, and All-National groups annually. It is not uncommon for members of our ensembles to place at the State Solo & Ensemble. Travel opportunities for all of the ensembles include local and out-of-state adjudicated festivals and performance venues. Our Jazz groups compete both regionally (in-state or out-of-state) yearly.
The Skyline theatre department produces two plays and one musical each year and competes in the ESUUS Shakespeare Competition. The Thespian Troupe also competes in the NW Regional Thespy competition and attends the WA State Conference each year in March. From the art department, students compete in local and national competitions. In addition, a Skyline student won the 8th Congressional District’s High School Art Competition this year, (the second year in a row for an SHS student to win) and the painting will be displayed in Washington, D.C. at the Capitol for the next year.
Business and Economics – Skyline’s DECA Chapter of 525 Business and Economics students, which is the largest in the State of Washington and 10th largest worldwide, qualified 304 students for the State competition where 57 qualified to compete at the International Career Development Competition (ICDC). At ICDC, 18 students earned top 10 honors including one Champion. These students combined results earned Skyline’s Chapter the honor of being in the top 10 of the most successful teams worldwide in 2023 after their back-to-back world championships in 2021 and 2022.
Computer Science: Introductory and IB Computer Science classes participate in the FIRST Robotics club which won the Houston World Championships in 2018. And division semi-finalists in 2022. The club had a record membership in 2022 with 114 students. 60 students were enrolled in Introduction to Computer Science with SNAP! Blocks and 120 students in Introduction to Computer Science with Python. Even though the courses are not prerequisites for International Baccalaureate (IB) Computer Science, they are highly recommended. 35 students took the IB Computer Science Standard Level exams in the spring.
Graphic Design classes produced designs in the Adobe Creative Suite to be used by local businesses and organizations.
Yearbook student staff used their photography and page-building software skills to successfully publish a 300+ page yearbook for our school and community. Our book from last year was selected for national recognition in the Jostens annual catalog.
Skyline’s Mock Trial Team had another very successful year to follow up last year's success. Skyline's Silver team took first place in the East King County District Tournament for the second year in a row, earning them an automatic bid to the State Tournament. Skyline's Green team placed 5th in the District Tournament and was fortunate to receive an At-Large Invitation to compete, along with Silver at State. This was the first in person Tournament most of our members have had the chance to compete in and YMCA Youth & Government hosted an incredible event! Both teams competed incredibly well against the most talented teams in the State and achieved the best results in our history! Skyline Silver finished in 6th place while the Green Team again made the Championship Round, ending as the State Runner-Up for the second year in a row. They are currently competing in Empire Mock Trial, an online international competitive event, in order to gain additional experience and prepare for next season.
The Skyline Forensics Club enjoyed our second year of in-person meetings and explored a number of topics including Ballistics, Blood Stain Evidence, Forensic Anthropology and Arson Investigations. Students engaged in activities that enhanced things some members had learned in the classroom while others this was all new learning. The new Executive Board is coming in motivated to increase membership and interest in the club and already has exciting plans for next year!
Criminal Justice classes were enhanced by a number of guest speakers this year including a retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent, a Washington State Patrol Detective, a number of King County Prosecutors, and two District Court Judges. Some if the special topics covered in the course included Use of Force by Law Enforcement, Extremist Groups, Gun Rights and Gun Laws, Mock Trial, Capital Punishment and different approaches to the rehabilitation of incarcerated people.
Police Science/Forensics classes enjoyed a great deal of interest once again and also included a new course offering. Students were able to develop expertise in forensics techniques such as Fingerprints, various types of Impression evidence, Blood Stain evidence, Forensic Anthropology and Pathology. Guest Speakers from King County AFIS, the FBI and Washington State Crime Lab and Washington State Patrol also added to the students' exposure to various careers they could pursue in this area.
Computer Science: Skyline Technology Student Association (TSA) club earned top awards in Washington TSA conference held in March 2023. Software development and Animatronics teams each won first places and Board Game Design team won third place. The club doubled in size to 60 in 2022.
Technovation: A club that empowers women and non-binary people to code and do business completed 4 projects and one project from them was placed in the semifinalists list in the international Technovation challenge. The Technovation challenge asks students to create an app that benefits society using coding and business skills. The club spent the first half of the school year understanding these skills, and the next half is spent applying them to create an app and complete the business plan.
We offered math classes ranging from Algebra 1 to IB Higher Level 2 taught by 18 teachers. While the majority of our math teachers teach math their whole day we also have math teachers who teach IB Theory of Knowledge, PE, and leadership.
Over 50 students were supported by being enrolled in lab classes that were taken concurrently with another math class. These classes pre-teach and reteach material, build skills and work to give students more confidence and success in their regular math class.
Had over 400 students take IB math classes. Not only do our second year IB students in both standard and higher level take a multi-part exam in May but in the late fall they turn in a Math Exploration, which is an on average 15 pa15-pager where they discuss and work with the math involved in a chosen topic of interest.
One of our teachers earned his CTE certification and taught both a Personal Finance and an Applied Algebra 2 course. These courses work to emphasize real life applications while covering core math curriculum.
Teachers continued to adjust pacing and lessons for students to deal with gaps and holes from our remote learning for Covid. Overall rigor and expectations throughout the different math levels are near pre-Covid times.
Japanese: Our Japanese students started Pen Pal program where they were exchanging letters with students at a high school in Japan. Since the initial introduction, students have kept in contact with their pen pals, and we hope that this may continue into the summer as well. Students had the opportunity to connect with native Japanese speakers who are studying in the United States. The speakers discussed their experience in the United States, and our students really enjoyed the networking opportunity.
Chinese: Our Chinese students are passionate about using the language within and beyond the classroom to collaborate in their community. Their accomplishments include co-organizing a community cultural event, establishing the Skyline chapter of the National Chinese Honor Society, and participating in and winning 3rd place in the statewide Chinese competition.
French: Madame Rigs is eager and excited to resume planning and trying to take students to France over the summer, stay tuned for info in the fall of 2023. Historically this trip runs every 2 years and is a 2 week long trip involving a 1 week homestay with a French family.
Spanish: Our Spanish students built a beautiful Día de los Muertos ofrenda to learn about this celebration in México. Our Spanish 3 classes built piñatas while learning about Las Posadas celebrations in Latin America. Our Spanish 3 and IB classes learned about the culture in Latin America through Salsa dancing workshop. Students loved this activity and we are hoping to bring back the dance workshops again next year for another great learning experience.
Special Education has worked in concert with Administration, Counseling, and General Education to provide a better more inclusive experience to all students at Skyline. We have increased the number of students served in co-taught classes or via check-in, rather than pull-out classes, to the degree that we will only run two Resource English Classes (mainly for students transitioning from LRC 2 to LRC 1) which will decrease to one next year. Also, we reduced Learning Strategies for academic behavior and Reading and Writing Labs to provide services to students in more inclusive settings. Another positive outgrowth of this increased inclusion was the ability to create Social Emotional Learning Strategies to provide direct support to students with needs in social skills or emotional regulation. This allows us to provide a safe setting for these students to practice their skills as well as for targeted interventions to be implemented. This will expand next year to add another course that will focus on anxiety and mental health, which will also include students without IEPs who also have this need. It also incorporates staff from Counseling and elsewhere. Finally, more students with IEPs will be college-ready in math due to the expansion of co-taught Geometry and the successes of Algebra 2 inclusion.
The International Baccalaureate Program operates in schools in over 150 countries across the world. It remains one of the most respected educational organizations available to schools looking for programs of advanced study for their students. The International Baccalaureate Program (IB) at Skyline High School offers students an opportunity to engage in rigorous college preparatory studies while enrolled in grades 11 and 12. The school maintains three IB tracks (IB Career, IB Course and IB Diploma) that include access to over 30 IB courses of various difficulty. Roughly 50% of eligible students are taking 1 or more IB classes, including 351 students taking part in the IB Career and IB Diploma Certificate programs.
For more details on IB program offerings and student performance at SHS please see our website: https://skylinehsib.weebly.com/
The PE Department offered a new class, Hiking Fitness. In this class, students walked up to 10 miles a week walking the neighborhood streets and trails. Students learned about proper fitness walking form, walking safely (including what to do when you encounter a bear, which we did!), and sidewalk etiquette.
Yoga classes stretched students’ bodies and minds. Students practiced yoga three times a week while learning about 45+ different yoga poses and creating their own 30-minute yoga routine that aligns with a personal physical goal they created.
Freshman and Spartan PE classes worked collaboratively to create a new and exciting game, using two existing games. Students applied the knowledge they obtained during the semester and aligned their game with state standards.
In Weight Training, students learned proper lifting techniques and safety considerations and performed a variety of lifts during the semester. Students tracked their progress, performing different fitness assessments, which enabled them to properly adjust their goals weekly.
Skyline High School provides a safe and challenging learning environment for a population of approximately 2,200 students. Student enrollment information and assessment data provide Skyline stakeholders valuable insight to facilitate the creation of appropriate levels of academic, social and emotional supports to our changing demographic representation. School achievement trends across the years have been positive and Skyline High School continues to outperform both Issaquah School District and Washington State percentages of students who meet state standards in all noted areas and graduation rate.
While teaching and learning is a complex and difficult task, Skyline strives to ensure all students are prepared for and eager to accept the academic, occupational, personal, and practical challenges of life in our dynamic global environment. At the root of this mission are two important aspects of successful teaching and learning – establishing systems to improve student regular attendance and ensuring students accumulate the necessary credits for graduation (i.e., not failing courses).
Regular attendance provides students the opportunity to engage in the academic, social and emotional activities, programs and interventions designed to enhance individual student skills and knowledge needed for success in post-secondary life. With a focus on regular attendance and ensuring students have the programs and supports needed to pass credit-bearing courses, Skyline will continue to have a clear/shared focus with high standards and expectations for all students.
To this end, Skyline’s School Improvement Plan will focus on reducing course failures through the application of intervention, supports and resources designed to connect our students to school and support effective teaching and learning for all connecting students. Ensuring that to our school through supports, resources and/or intervention - ensuring students have the skills and knowledge necessary to gain credit allows Skyline’s stakeholders to feel involved, invested and responsible for the success of all students.
Issaquah Scholars, ISF Tutoring, International Baccalaureate, 7th Period Options, Think First! Robotics, TEALS partnership with Microsoft, ECE Preschool, Running Start: College in the High School, WANIC, Shakespeare in the Classroom, Mental Health Social Worker partnership with Swedish, Drug and Alcohol Interventions with Friends of Youth.
Activation Through Art, Art Club, ASB, ASB Dance Committee, ASL Club, Automotive Club, Badminton Club, Band, Biology Club, Black Student Union, Board Game Club, Cheerleading, Chess Club, Chinese Club, Choir Club, Classical Music, Club MED, Computer Science club, Cube Club, Cultural Diversity Club, Cupcakes for a Cause, Cryptocurrency Club, CSI Club, Dance Team, DECA, Drama Club, Engineering Club, E-Sports Club, Evergreen Philharmonic, FCCLA, Film Club, Financial Literacy & Beyond Club, Free the Children Club, French Club, Games Club, Glee Club, Global Studies, Green Team, GSA, Guitar Club, Japanese Club, Japanese NHS Club, Jazz Band, Journalism, JSA, Key Club, Korean Club, LEAP Club, Link Crew, Marine Science Club, Math Club, Mock Trial Club, Model UN Club, National Honor Society, New Generation Club, Orchestra, PAWS Club, Ping Pong Club, Project Agape, Red Cross Club, Relay for Life, Robotics Club, Rocketry Club, Science Club, SHOCK Club, Science National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Speech & Debate Club, STEM Outreach Club, Stock Investment Club, Strong 4 Sam Club, Students Affirming Gender Equity, Tech Theater Club, Technology Student Association Club, Teen Link Club, Traffic Student Court, Ultimate Frisbee Club, We Care Club, Writer’s Club, Yearbook.
Skyline High School strives to develop and maintain athletic programs in which student-athletes recognize their full potential by providing participants unique experiences and situations that are difficult to duplicate in the classroom. Lessons learned and experienced through athletics will last a lifetime and enhance the student-athlete’s high school experience.
Approximately 1,000 student-athletes participated in our athletic programs throughout the year. Varsity student-athletes earned a 3.50 cumulative GPA and the average GPA for all of the athletic teams this year was a 3.00. Along with their academic success, Skyline student-athletes and teams have garnered many league and district championships and many state placers.
Outside of the athletic arena, many of our athletic programs regularly participate in community service events from clothing drives, to youth camps, all of which help to build a stronger school and unify the local community. Skyline Athletics above all else, strives to develop the entire person by teaching the values of honor, pride, scholarship, integrity, and excellence.
Two tests given to high school students—The Smarter Balanced Assessment and the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science help indicate how well Issaquah students are learning.
Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)
The SBA consists of two parts: a computer adaptive test and a performance task. Writing is included at every grade level and students are asked to solve multi-step, real-world problems in math. Performance tasks ask students to determine an array of research, writing, and problem solving skills. The SBA results describe student achievement (how much students know at the end of the year).
The Grade Level Total ELA and Grade Level Total Math charts on the right-hand side of the page indicate the percent of tenth grade students who met or exceeded standard in ELA and Math on the SBA compared to the percent of tenth grade students who met or exceeded standard district-wide.
SBA English Language Arts (ELA) scores
SBA Math scores
Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS)
The WCAS fulfills the federal requirement that students be tested in Science once at the elementary level. The WCAS measures the level of proficiency students have achieved (what students know and can do) based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The WCAS assesses all three dimensions of the learning standards (Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts).
The numbers on the chart represent the percentage of students in eleventh grade who met or exceeded standard on the WCAS compared to the percentage of students in grade 11 who met or exceeded standard districtwide. Given that a limited number of students took the WCAS, scores may not provide a full picture of science achievement.