Overall Niche Grade
- College PrepA+
- Clubs & ActivitiesB
- Health & SafetyA
- Resources & FacilitiesB-
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.
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Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.26 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 74 responsesReport
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.37 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.37 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.37 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.42 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.42 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.42 responses
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Mercer Island High School Reviews
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.
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.