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
Athletic Director Traci Huffer
Staff 97
Faculty 65
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,345[1] (2016–17)
Average class size 25
Classrooms 56
Campus Urban
Campus size 29 acres (117,359 m²)
Color(s) Blue, white and gray             
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 Bitter Lake, Haller Lake, Licton Springs, Crown Hill, Greenwood, Broadview, North Beach, Blue Ridge, Northgate
Feeder schools Broadview Thomson K-8, Hamilton International Middle School (NC Highly Capable Cohort and Language Immersion), Jane Addams Middle School (NE Highly Capable Cohort), Whitman Middle School (Neighborhood), McClure Middle School, Robert Eagle Staff Middle School (Neighborhood and NW Highly Capable Cohort), Seattle Country Day School

Ingraham International School is a public high school, serving grades 9–12 in the Haller Lake neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Opened in 1959, the school is named after Edward Sturgis Ingraham, the first superintendent of the Seattle Public Schools. Since 2002, Ingraham has been an International Baccalaureate school,[2] and also offers programs such as the Academy of Information Technology.[3] Ingraham is one of several Seattle high schools offering an International Baccalaureate diploma and classes for high school students in 11th and 12th grades. Since the 2011 school year, Ingraham has also offered an accelerated model of the International Baccalaureate program (IBx), modeled on a similar program in Bellevue School District, allowing students in Seattle Public Schools' highly capable cohort (formerly Accelerated Progress Program). The IBx program was established to provide an alternative to the normal routing to Garfield High School, for the highly capable students. 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".[4]

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.[5]

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 pre-IB or IB classes. 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), modeled on a similar program in Bellevue's school district, that has grown the popularity of the school both in and out of the program. As of the 2016-2017 school year, students in the Highly Capable Cohort will account for about 26% of the school. HCC students begin their instruction at Ingraham taking Honors courses in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Chemistry along with their appropriate level of Mathematics. At the conclusion of their 9th grade year, HCC students can make the choice to "postpone" and pursue the IB diploma in 11th and 12th grade or continue on the IBx path and enter IB courses in 10th grade. As Ingraham is an optional site for HCC, Highly Capable students are not automatically granted admission to the IBx program, and are admitted subject to space availability at a current cap of 90 students per year. Once students complete IBx they may graduate early, take additional classes, or perform an internship or study abroad. All students may take IB classes, however, enrollment for a full 2 years and completion of requisite tests is required for achievement of the full IB diploma, which is recognized by colleges and universities around the world.

Clubs and organizations[edit]

Rocket Club[edit]

Formed during the 2006–07 school year, the club designs and builds model rockets. 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.[6][7] The team eventually placed 29th in the competition.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "School Report for the 2016–2017 School Year" (PDF). Seattle Public Schools. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  2. ^ "IBO information page for Ingraham High School". IBO website. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  3. ^ "Ingraham High School informational pamphlet" (PDF). Ingraham High School website. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 31, 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  4. ^ Long, Katherine (2009-06-09). "Five Eastside high schools make Newsweek's top 100". The Seattle Times.
  5. ^ Shaw, Linda (2011-05-18). "Enfield reverses decision to fire Ingraham High principal". The Seattle Times.
  6. ^ Blanchard, Jessica (2008-04-30). "Rocketeers reach new heights at Ingraham". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
  7. ^ "Ingraham Rocket Club website". Archived from the original on 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
  8. ^ "2008 Team America Rocketry Challenge results". Team America Rocketry Challenge. Archived from the original on 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
  9. ^ "Student Launch Initiative". NASA. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  10. ^ "Local high schools soar in national rocket contest". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2015-05-10.

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