Ingraham High School

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Edward S. Ingraham International School
1819 North 135th Street
Seattle, Washington, 98133
United States
School type Public, Coeducational
Established 1959
Opened 9 September 1959
Status Open
School district Seattle Public Schools
Superintendent Larry Nyland
Principal Martin Floe
Vice principal John Houston
Vice principal Cathy Thomas
Athletic Director Traci Huffer
Staff 97
Faculty 65
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,226 (2014–15)
Average class size 25
Classrooms 56
Campus Urban
Campus size 29 acres (117,359 m²)
Color(s) Blue, white and gray ‹See Tfm›    ‹See Tfm›    ‹See Tfm›    
Slogan It’s a matter of pride!
Athletics 22 Varsity teams
Athletics conference Sea-King: Metro 3A
Nickname Rams
Newspaper The Cascade
Yearbook The Glacier
Communities served Licton Springs, Crown Hill, Greenwood, Broadview, Northgate
Feeder schools Hamilton International Middle School (NW Highly Capable Cohort and Language Immersion), Jane Addams Middle School (NE Highly Capable Cohort), Whitman Middle School (Neighborhood)

Ingraham International School is a public high school serving grades 9–12 located in the Haller Lake neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, USA. Opened in 1959, it is named after Edward Sturgis Ingraham, the first superintendent of the Seattle Public Schools. Since 2002, Ingraham has been an International Baccalaureate school,[1] and also offers programs such as the Academy of Information Technology.[2] Since the 2011 school year, Ingraham has been host to the only cohort program for Seattle's Highly Capable/Academically Highly Gifted students, known as IBx which is an accelerated version of the traditional IB Diploma Program. In 2013, Ingraham officially became an International Pathway school, continuing the immersion languages of Spanish and Japanese from Hamilton International Middle School, along with John Stanford and Mcdonald International Schools. Ingraham was recently honored as a Newsweek magazine "Top High School".[3]

On May 10, 2011, Seattle Schools Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield fired Principal Martin Floe. A week later, on May 18, after a series of protests, Enfield reversed her decision and Floe was reinstated.[4]

The New Ingraham[edit]

An International School[edit]

Under the direction of the International Education department, for the 2013-2014 school year, Ingraham's official title changed to Ingraham International School to signify the first year of the Language Immersion pathway being implemented at the school and to strengthen the connection with one of its main feeder schools, Hamilton International Middle School.

Changes to the school[edit]

Many changes have happened at Ingraham over the past ten years. The International Baccalaureate program was established to bring a higher quality of instruction and academic focus at the school, and has grown from 7 to 81 IB Diploma Candidates, with over 50% of students enrolled in a pre-IB or IB class. Recently, the Seattle Public Schools board adopted a new assignment plan which dropped yellow bus transportation to the school with students instead using King County Metro. This has had a huge effect on the students who enroll at the school, with a huge decrease in the percentage of Southeast Seattle residents in attendance. This has led to a slow demographic change at the school to be focused more on its own North End attendance area and surrounding communities such as Ballard, Queen Anne, Wedgwood, and Green Lake than it had been previously. In 2011, the district's highly capable/academically highly gifted students were allowed entry into a unique accelerated IB program (IBx) that has grown the popularity of the school both in and out of the program. As of the 2013-2014 year, students in the Highly Capable Cohort will account for about 18% of the school. The majority of the Highly Capable students come from the North End middle school pathway at Hamilton International Middle School, making it logical to open Ingraham up to the Language Immersion pathway students who will have received up to eight years of instruction in their language (either Spanish or Japanese), entering 9th Grade at Level 3 or 4 of high school instruction. Beginning in 2014-2015, the middle school Highly Capable Cohort will also be housed at Jane Addams Middle School which will become a new feeder for Ingraham International. However with the advent of the increased North end student attendance, yellow bus shuttle service is offered from many north and central Seattle communities to and from Ingraham to accommodate students from outside the area who wish to enroll at Ingraham.

Rise Up[edit]

In September 2011, Chris Speilman and Matt Hasselbeck teamed up to revamp the gym and equipment room in an ESPN special called Rise Up, a show devoted to giving older gyms a boost due to the failing economy. This facelift completely transformed the school's athletic facilities and in addition to a facelift of the Northwest Athletic Complex on grounds, Ingraham arguably has the best equipment and setting in the Seattle school district.

Ingraham International Music and Performing Arts[edit]

With the advent of a talented and dedicated series of musicians arriving from hugely successful middle school music programs at Hamilton International, Whitman, and private schools, Ingraham has added a Symphonic Orchestra to its offerings and plans to continue to expand its music programs in the future as the demand rises. This new, high brow competitive and challenging ensemble joins an exclusively String orchestra, a Wind Ensemble (formerly Marching Band), Jazz and a Concert Choir to round out the music offerings at the school. A color guard is also active at the school, being the only one in the district. Drama plays a large role in the school's culture, with several yearly performances culminating in a musical extravaganza, most recently Legally Blonde.

IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma Program[edit]

A prestigious college preparatory program for highly motivated students, the IB program was established in Fall 2002 to encourage high level course work from all students in all subject areas. If the full IB diploma is attempted, students receive a special IB diploma, waive all other Washington State graduation requirements, and in some cases, earn college credit. Classes are traditionally taken in Junior and Senior years after a rigorous honors prep course load in first-year and sophomore year. Neither Pre-IB or IB require a test to enter, as do other advanced learning choices and once admitted to the school, all students have the opportunity to pursue the full diploma program. IB Classes are offered either at Standard Level (1 Year)or Higher Level (2 Years). IB Classes offered include Biology SL and HL, Psychology SL and HL, History of the Americas and 20th Century History HL, Music Theory SL and HL, Literature HL, Language and Literature HL, Environmental Systems and Societies SL, Chemistry SL, Physics SL, Philosophy SL, Business and Management SL, Visual Art SL and HL, Computer Science SL and HL, Mathematics Studies SL, Mathematics SL and HL, Further Mathematics HL, Spanish SL and HL, French SL and HL, Japanese SL and HL, and a required Theory of Knowledge after school seminar class. Ingraham now offers four IB science courses, with IB Biology open for two years of advanced study. Those who are accelerated in their mathematics placement can also access AP Statistics and AP Calculus AB in addition to the IB math courses available. IB certificates are available to students who choose to take 1 to 6 IB classes but do not wish to go for the diploma. The program now accounts for (in combination with honors/pre-IB and Highly Capable Cohort courses) over 50% of Ingraham International. Two new IB courses were added in 2014-15 and further expansion is likely as the program continues to grow in size.

Highly Capable Cohort/IBx[edit]

Students in the City of Seattle who test in the top two percent for both achievement and cognitive benchmarks between Kindergarten and 7th grade are designated as Highly Capable/Academically Highly Gifted. These students are given the option to enroll in a self-contained elementary and middle school program known as the Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) which provides enhanced and enriched instruction to meet their individual needs. When an HCC student gets to 8th grade, they are automatically assigned to attend Garfield High School no matter where they reside in Seattle. Garfield offers HCC students the option to continue at their level of Mathematics and Sciences, while providing honors courses in the Humanities to support preparation for AP classes in later grades. HCC students also have the option to continue in the HCC at Ingraham, taking IB preparatory courses in their 9th grade year as a cohort and entering into the traditional IB program in 10th grade, a year ahead of schedule. In the 12th grade, students work with their counselors and IBx parent leadership to find internships in their area of interest and design a schedule that will suit their individual needs. Depending on the college plans a student has, this could involve running start courses with a local 2-year college, online AP courses, or additional elective.IB classes at Ingraham itself. As the cohort grows in the years to come, considerations will be made to provide cohort offerings in subjects that have a high demand for further college-level studies. The program has about 30 students in the first (12th grade) cohort and near 100 students in the fourth (9th grade) cohort. A good portion of the students come from Seattle-area private, independent, and/or religiously-affiliated schools who then test in during their 8th grade year.

Clubs and organizations[edit]

Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)[edit]

Ingraham International's FCCLA revolves around fostering leadership and making a positive impact in the community. FCCLA coordinates several events and fundraisers on an annual basis. Every year, the club has hosted two blood drives for the Puget Sound Blood Center.

Rocket Club[edit]

Formed during the 2006–07 school year, the club designs and builds model rockets. Recently, the team gained attention when they qualified to compete in the 2008 Team America Rocketry Challenge national competition, making the front page of the 'Seattle' section of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.[5][6] The team eventually placed 29th in the competition.[7] After the club's success in the 2008 competition, the club grew so large that it was split into three teams for the 2009 competition. All three teams qualified for the national competition, and one finished in 7th place.[8] In 2010, the rocket club expanded again to four teams, all four of which made it to the national finals of the TARC competition, with two teams from the same school placing in the top ten for the first time in contest history.[9] The rocket club's success in the TARC challenge in 2009 and 2010 earned them the right to participate in NASA's Student Launch Projects. The school fielded one team (Project Rainier) in 2009-10, and two teams (Projects Adams and Olympus) in 2010-11.[10] In 2015, the rocket club, having shrunk to two teams, sent both teams (Delta and Foxtrot) to TARC nationals, where Foxtrot placed 3rd and Delta 21st. [11]

Future Business Leaders of America - ΦΒΛ[edit]

The Ingraham FBLA chapter has been responsible for holding the school's annual Winter Ball formal dance and has participated in the annual March for Babies for the March of Dimes foundation. Members of the club have also won awards at the organization's annual National Leadership Conference.[12][13]

Ingraham Debate Club[edit]

The Ingraham Debate club was founded in 2009. It participates in Cross Examination debate on the regional and national level. In 2011, a two-person CX debate team won 2nd place at the Washington State WIAA debate tournament, being the only non-senior team in the final four and being the only team from Seattle Public Schools in the top 8 teams.[citation needed] In 2013 a senior team won the Washington State WIAA debate tournament. Ingraham debate is the only team from Seattle Schools to have a debate team in the top 8 teams of the WIAA tournament since 2011.

Fandom Club[edit]

Formed in 2012, the club is a gathering of those students whose collective literary and film interests fall into the genre of Science Fiction and Fantasy Fandom.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "IBO information page for Ingraham High School". IBO website. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  2. ^ "Ingraham High School informational pamphlet" (PDF). Ingraham High School website. Retrieved 2007-12-13. [dead link]
  3. ^ Long, Katherine (2009-06-09). "Five Eastside high schools make Newsweek's top 100". The Seattle Times. 
  4. ^ Shaw, Linda (2011-05-18). "Enfield reverses decision to fire Ingraham High principal". The Seattle Times. 
  5. ^ Blanchard, Jessica (2008-04-30). "Rocketeers reach new heights at Ingraham". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  6. ^ "Ingraham Rocket Club website". Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  7. ^ "2008 Team America Rocketry Challenge results". Team America Rocketry Challenge. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  8. ^ "2009 Team America Rocketry Challenge results". Team America Rocketry Challenge. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  9. ^ "2010 Team America Rocketry Challenge results". Team America Rocketry Challenge. Retrieved 2011-06-28. 
  10. ^ "Student Launch Initiative". NASA. Retrieved 2011-06-28. 
  11. ^ "Local high schools soar in national rocket contest". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2015-05-10. 
  12. ^ "2007 FBLA NLC Competitive Event Winners". FBLA-PBL, Inc. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  13. ^ "2008 FBLA NLC Competitive Event Winners". FBLA-PBL, Inc. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 

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Coordinates: 47°43′33″N 122°20′16″W / 47.72583°N 122.33778°W / 47.72583; -122.33778