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Program Information

The Issaquah School District offers three Science Technology Magnet Programs, serving 4th and 5th grade students in unique multi-age classrooms. Each magnet serves 50+ students in a two-year program. Each program covers all standard 4/5 district adopted curriculum, with an added emphasis on science and technology. Grade specific math instruction is provided.

Magnet programs are located at Briarwood, Clark, and Cascade Ridge Elementary schools, with each program fully integrated into the home school. Each school offers expanded science - technology learning opportunities that can contribute to a distinct curricular focus at each magnet.

Teaching approaches and student learning

Magnet programs are housed in two joined classrooms and instructed using a team teaching approach. This setting builds collaboration skills and promotes a strong sense of community. At the same time, the larger classroom setting necessitates organizational strategies that help develop student independence. Additionally, the larger class size allows for large whole group discussions offering unique opportunities to develop listening, critical thinking and oral presentation skills.

Learning stations are used to target specific curricular goals. Students often work in small groups to provide focused, individualized instruction; this practice is supported by numerous parent volunteers. Each magnet has a portfolio system that compiles student work for reflection on progress and attainment of learning goals.

Coverage of curriculum is rigorous. Project-based learning, with a variety of product options, is a key component of the magnet philosophy. Projects are designed to incorporate many subject areas (including Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and the Arts) and involve the use of technology to increase student involvement and engagement. A variety of formats are used to promote literacy and writing skills across the curriculum, (such as Writer's Workshop, Reader's Workshop, Current Events Reporting, Literacy projects and Word Study). The district science curriculum is expanded through the use of simulations, field trips, guest speakers and experiences focused on scientific process and investigation. All of these approaches are designed to encourage creativity and draw personal connections to real-world application of the concepts under study.


Mandatory informational meetings

Parents interested in having their student attend any of the three Science-Technology magnet programs must attend one of the information nights listed below and pick up program enrollment forms there. For those families who have had a student previously enrolled in the program, attendance at the informational meeting is not required. Those families may pick up forms in their school office.

  • Science Technology Magnet Program at Cascade Ridge Elementary 
    • Parents interested in having their student attend the Cascade Ridge program should attend the informational meeting in the multipurpose room on Tuesday, March 5 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. We encourage you to bring your 3rd grade student (no siblings please) to this presentation. Current students will be present to answer questions as well.
    Science Technology Magnet Program at Clark Elementary
    • Parents interested in having their student attend the Clark program should attend the informational meeting in the multipurpose room at Clark on Thursday, March 14 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. You may bring your 3rd grade student (no siblings please) to this presentation.
  • Science Technology Magnet Program at Briarwood Elementary
    • Parents interested in having their student attend the Briarwood program should come to our informational meeting on Thursday, March 21. The presentation will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the commons. You are encouraged to bring your 3rd grade student (no siblings please) to this presentation. Current students will be present to answer questions as well.