Science Technology Magnet Programs

Program information for Briarwood, Cascade Ridge, and Clark

Families interested in submitting an application for the Science Technology Magnet Program must attend a mandatory informational meeting unless they have previously had a student enrolled this program. Returning families who have had a student previously enrolled in the program may pick up an enrollment lottery application at their neighborhood school’s office.

Science Technology Magnet Program Parent Letter 2020

Parent Resource: What Makes a Successful Science Technology Magnet Student Experience?


General Information

Each year we inform the families of 3rd graders about the Issaquah School District Science Technology Magnet Program options for grades 4 and 5. These programs are located at Briarwood, Cascade Ridge, and Clark Elementary Schools and provide the standard district curriculum for those grades through a much stronger emphasis on science and technology.

These programs are multi-age for approximately 25 students per grade; multi-age in that the 4th graders continue in the program the following year as 5th graders. We are frequently asked about gender-appropriateness for the programs and want to emphasize that both boys and girls are welcome and thrive in the classes. Typically, successful students are good independent learners, enjoy inquiry learning and work well in a team situation.

Due to very high demand for these programs families are asked to select one school's program they would like to be considered for. Transportation to each program is the responsibility of the families.

We offer enrollment to district 3rd graders for the 4th grade openings for the following year in all programs. Students will be selected from all district elementary schools with an attempt to balance the enrollment between schools. Spaces will be assigned by the neighborhood school in the attendance area your student resides for each program location separately. A wait list will be formed, and students will be admitted as spaces occur until school starts. Spaces for 5th grade at all locations are limited and families currently on the established wait lists will be contacted to fill any available spots. Please note all siblings, including twins, will be considered individually in the lottery. 

How to Participate in the Lottery

Families who intend to participate in the Science Technology Magnet Program enrollment lottery must attend one of the informational meetings. Enrollment lottery applications will be available at the conclusion of the presentation. Note that for returning families, who have had a student previously enrolled in the program, attendance is not required. Enrollment lottery applications for these families can be obtained at your school’s office. Enrollment lottery applications must be delivered to the District office by the due date on the application. All enrollment lottery applications received by the due date are treated equally in the lottery. Applications received after the deadline will be dated in the order received and placed on the wait list following students placed initially from the original lottery.

Placement letters will be mailed to homes in May. Please do not contact the schools, teachers or the District office for lottery results. This information will be sent by U.S. mail only.

If you have questions, please call 425-837-7120 or email ScienceTech@issaquah.wednet.edu.