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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Mercer Island High School is a top rated, public school located in Mercer Island, WA. It has 1,552 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 86% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.

Mercer Island High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
86%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1340
382 responses
Average ACT
30
372 responses
AP Enrollment
32%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$142,413
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,977
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,135,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
96%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.26 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 74 responses
Report
  • Games, dances, assemblies
    27%
  • Assemblies
    14%
  • Senior mural
    14%
  • Senior prank
    8%
  • Band traditions
    8%
  • Senior Assembly
    8%
  • Senior Dance
    7%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,552
Free or Reduced Lunch
4%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$73,066
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.4%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.37 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.37 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.37 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$15,721/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.42 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.42 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.42 responses
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I enjoyed the traditions that the school has. Such as the mural, mosh pit following football games, and Super fun spirit days! I feel it needs improvement in faculty to parent and student ratio needs to focus more towards the students. It seems that parents and faculty actually dictate everything and student influence comes secondary.
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The thing that stands out at Mercer Island High School is the standard set for students. There is an abundance of high achieving students who pride themselves on their success at school. The number of students who receive fives on their AP exams is abnormally high. Mercer Island High School tested in the top one percent of all schools in Washington for overall test scores in both math and reading. Many college students explained how they felt much more prepared for college than their peers because of the academic rigor at Mercer Island. However, because of the high achieving standard at Mercer Island, many students complain about the stress levels. Many students feel a lot of pressure to succeed because of the culture which the staff is attempting to address. Many clubs and organizations exist – I felt that every student had an opportunity to pursue a club or sport that they were interested in.
For the most part, I enjoyed my experience. MIHS has a very active school culture which manifests in very inclusive sports events and school assemblies. The education I received here prepared me well for university and beyond. The downside is, the school seems very closeted. The school is fairly small and everyone knows each other from middle school and elementary school. This is perhaps due to the nature of the city being an island. There wasn't a lot of outreach, from what I remember, though it was there if you really went out of your way to look for opportunities. I also had varying experiences with teachers.