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Issaquah Middle School

2023-24 Course Descriptions


Core classes are designed to support and challenge students. Students are required to take a full-year of Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science at each grade level. Advanced and accelerated options are available to students in Language Arts, Math and Science and placement in these courses is done using an informed self-select model.


  • Homeroom – This 25-minute 1st period class, students transition to their school day. Students complete SEL (Social Emotional Learning) lessons, hear about IMS school news and ASB activities, learn and practice good work habits and initiative, and more! It is also a time for silent reading, studying and homework.
  • Health and PE – 7th and 8th grade students are required to take one trimester of Health and two trimesters of PE each year. 6th graders take one trimester of Health and one trimester of PE. 8th grade students may be eligible to take Independent Health and PE 8 outside of their school day. Information about Independent Health and PE 8 can be found in the year-long elective section of this course guide and on the district website.


High school level courses (Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology, ASL, Spanish 1, Japanese 1) taken in middle school will automatically be added to the student’s high school transcript and the grade will be factored into the high school GPA. This will impact students who choose to start in Math 1/2 or CC7/8 in grade 6, choose pathway 2 in Science, or choose to take Spanish 1 or Japanese 1 in grade 8. Students can request to have these credits removed completely from their high school transcript. Students should consult with their high school counselor to make this request, which must be done no later than the end of their junior year of high school. Please note that once the grades and/or credits are deleted from the high school transcript, the grade and credit cannot be added back and will permanently be excluded from the student’s grade point average.