My son attends this school and I am a middle school teacher in the district so I have an insiders perspective on the staff and curriculum. This school has a small school feel. All the staff know the students and take the time to chat with them in the hallways. Students feel supported and there are lots of opportunities to take advanced placement or IB classes. My son will have enough college credits to enter college as a Junior when he graduates high school! Love Interlake :)
If you are looking for a school with a dedicated staff, great facilities, an accepting student body and any club/sport/activity you can think of this is the one. Yes there are very competitive kids here. No they do not hate on other kids. They go about there business of working hard and do not discriminate. The arts programs at this school are well funded and highly successful. This school offers higher levels of Chinese, Spanish and French than any other public school I have ever encountered. They have extremely high level math as well as fantastic teachers who support lower level math where students might be struggling. They have a fantastic computer science program as well as other electives that are career oriented such as business and marketing. Interlake I not limited as many people here have shown it to be. It has programs that are hard to find anywhere else. Such programs like horticulture and floral design where kids get the chance to work in on campus greenhouses. The sports at this school are as limitless as the clubs and just as accepting. I would highly recommend this school to anyone. You will never feel alone or out of place.
There are absolutely amazing teachers here. If you are not satisfied ask your counselor within the first two weeks of a semester to switch you to a different teacher. Every subject area has at least one if not two or three fabulous teachers.
If you sign up for a course here, be prepared to bare the weight. The homework is in accordance with the course. Physics has little to no homework, ib/ap physics has a small amount every night to keep you sharp and engaged and higher level ib physics has all the homework you could ever need to succeed. Balance your schedule according to your academic needs.
I am a senior at Interlake. Interlake is a good school, but has a competitive atmosphere. Students are pressured to take more AP/IB courses than they can handle, but are looked down upon if they don t. Interlake has an open enrollment policy for AP/IB courses, meaning anyone can register for an AP/IB course without any prerequisites, teacher recommendation, or counselor approval. A student who was already getting C s and D s in math and science, like my sister, should not have been allowed to take IB Physics. Now that registration is online, parents don t know what their child signs up for unless he or she involves the parent in the process. The gifted program fosters unhealthy competition. Everyone is trying to outdo each other. Many Interlake students get less than five hours of sleep which is worse if students are also involved in after school sports. Many are. IB requires more critical thinking than AP and requires a host other assessments. The other assessments are no trip either. Look on the IB website for more information. If your child is not the best student, consider a different Bellevue high school. All of them are excellent and your child won t feel dumb.