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Sammamish High School, Bellevue School District

Thomas C. Duenwald, Principal
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Grade level: 9–12
Free and Reduced Meals: 38.7%
Year school began to implement innovative practices: 2008


Sammamish High School is a comprehensive high school which also houses all beginning Limited English Proficient students (LEPS) in the district. Additionally, 15% of Sammamish’s students qualify for special education services. Sammamish’s approach is focused on closing the opportunity gap for its LEPS and students with disabilities and has three components:

  • Problem-based curricula in both AP and non-AP courses are used as a framework to support student growth in key cognitive strategies and academic behavior
  • Specific supports for struggling students are focused on increased mathematics literacy
  • Outside partners provide professional development to help teachers implement problem-based curricula and evaluate their effectiveness.

Sammamish is a 2010 recipient of the US Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation Grant.

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