The Other Side of the ICS vs. RJH debate ;)

Okay...if your wondering what the famed ICS vs. RJH Debate is...let me explain: There are two widely renowned schools in the Redmond area...Redmond Junior High and International Community School, both are what we call "highly competitive schools" and the individuals attending each have fun comparing which one is better. However, we may never truly see the end of this argument, for there are positive and negative sides of both. Let me get to point: I'm all for RJH as much as I believe that ICS is a wonderful school with wonderful people...please allow me to elaborate, however, if you feel the need to view a side from a ICS student's point of view, take a look at Sage96's blog (there is a link located on the side bar). First of all, let me get this straight- RJH gives you an oppurtunity to mix and socialize with all types of people, in Quest or not and the diversity in RJH is obvious especially if you were to walk in during Spirit Week on Nationality Day where RJH students wear clothing unique to their culture and background. Offering a choice of intriguing languages including French, Spanish, and Japanese, RJH gives it student body and oppurtunity to experiment with different languages. Point One clarified: RJH is truly diverse in all aspects. Next, RJH offers electives, leaving students with two classes to look forward to during the day. Every single day, a typical RJH student is offered two electives which they are able to pick from at the beginning of each semester, including orchestra (which I highly reccomend ;)), Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, Creative Cooking, Foods Around the World, Introduction to Arts, Photography, Leadership, Computer Apps, C# Programming, Introduction to the Guitar, and so much more...the options just increase as you move up a higher grade. In addition, there are so many after school activities that are available: Spelling Bee Club, Math Club, Academic Games, Honor Society, Spirit Club, Yearbook Club, the school play, and sports. That's right-RJH is a strong and competitive school in sports ranging from softball, badminton, football, wrestling, volleyball, basketball, tennis, track, and more, 9th graders are even able to go to the High School for sports such as gymnastics, swimming, golf, etc. Clearly, RJH is a fun school to be at and all RJH student body members are all-rounders, being offered many choices and ways to express their talents. Next, RJH assemblies are without doubt fun thanks to the wonderful RJH ASB (Associated Student Body)--this group of people are who sponsor the dances, funraising events, and such. Redmond Junior High School is also a very, very strong competitor is other aspects such as math competitions, NHD (National History Day), and such, often placing high in the state or often even national level. Finally, the teachers at Redmond Junior High School are unlike any others....however, I will mainly be covering the Quest team in this paragraph. Mrs. Town, Ms. Kolrud, and Mrs. Jensen are some of the most unique and dedicated teachers you will EVER meet, each bringing something fun and interesting to the table. From teachers who have often been brought to fame because of random outbursts of "Hot N' Cold", "Tic Tok", or even "I'm a Little Teapot" to those who go on some of the most entertaining birdwalks, the RJH Quest teachers are truly amazing. So, in conclusion, Redmond Junior High is a wonderful school...however, comparing ICS to RJH is comparing two totally different school systems and ways and is evidently hard. Anyhow, may the debate continue on, but remember... Go Grizzlies!


  1. ICS has mediocre-good math team, mediocre-good NHD team, but RJH has amazing math team especially Kolya and a "Holy crap makes to nationals" speller and a "Holy crap win nationals" NHD team. Plus, at RJH, you don't have to share lockers, don't have a school which has ceiling leaks, and have Jensen, who is without a doubt the best teacher I've ever had.

  2. Odle all the way. ;) Yes, that's cheating, I know.