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Mercer Island High School is a public high school in Mercer Island. The principal of Mercer Island High School is John Harrison. 1,432 students attend Mercer Island High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 3% of the 1,432 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Mercer Island High School is 17:1. Children's Institute for Learning Differences is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Cantonese
    • French
    • Japanese
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 74% 73%
Hispanic 3% 2%
Asian 20% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 19% 20%
Multiracial 0.6% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3% 3%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is amazing. Went to Issaquah High for two weeks and realized what a mistake it was and moved back to this district. Kids are much better dressed. Teachers are amazing... Don't know what's up with all the other people saying it is bad.

  • (2 years ago)

    Mercer Island High School is not as good as the principal said; it is a lousy school and some of the math teachers don't know what they are doing.

  • (2 years ago)

    Compassionate dedicated teachers and high standards I'd like to give this school a higher rating. Unfortunately there are over-crowded classrooms incredibly spoiled kids and the place is riddled with drug-use/drug deals. The attitude of parents seems to be "If the kids are achieving in sports and academics I'll look the other way."

  • (2 years ago)

    Very good school with engaged students parents and teachers. High achievement rates in and out of the classroom -- extracurricular are strong as are music debate and athletic programs. Typical challenges for suburban high schools exist...but they are generally handled well. Always some areas for improvement (currently some language areas consistency among teachers more reading/writing assignments in all levels of classes). There is a principal opening....the previous one left after 6+ years to get on the superintendent track in another district. Should be a great job for a leader who has a vision for the future -- is willing to make some important changes (see above) but most of all wants students to learn love learning and be successful for their next step 9nearly 100% go to college).

  • (2 years ago)

    Mercer Island is an absolutely fantastic high school! I could go on for pages describing why it is. Let me break it down for you. 97% of MIHS grads attend a four year college after high school. It is an expectation at MIHS to do well in school and not slack off and skip. Our school has won the Washington State Scholastic Cup for the past two years that means our athletes grades averages were the highest in the state. Athletically Mercer Island is a true power house. We won state in 5 sports last year and won districts in many more. Around 80% students are involved in some form of athletics. MI also has a great culture. Kids usually enjoy school for the most part. Another cool thing is that all new kids find friends to hang out with within 3 days easy here. The students at MI simply are really nice there is little to no bullying no fights no gangs. The kids are no where near to being spoiled little rich kids like so many of you believe. Our Achilles heel however is drinking. Its true that a lot of people drink alcohol occasionally on MI but its just because their friends are. Overall Mercer Island is a great school but i believe it is the Students that make the culture so good.

  • (3 years ago)

    To justify drug and alcohol use by saying "well everyone does it" is a huge cop out. Everyone doesn't do it and there's simply no excuse not only for the rate of drug and alcohol use here but for the parents who allow it. MIHS is a good school; but only if you fit the mold. The Mercer Island mold is rich pretty/handsome athletic and rich. Anyone else is in for bullying being ignored by teachers and left to drift. MIHS is not a great school. Kids do well because they have parents who can afford outside tutoring. It's well known on the island that we have a private/public school system. The faculty here are mediocre at best.

  • (3 years ago)

    As a former principal of MIHS I am proud and pleased to see thisForbes.com objective measuring of schools rather than the Newsweek rating. That rating is determined by dividing the number of seniors in a school into the number of students that took AP exams that year. A simple quotient does not fully measure the quality of a school. Having lived in the shadow of our neighboring school district placing two or three of their high schools on the "Newsweek Top 100 High Schools" list for years it is gratifying to see this truly deserved recognition. A significant factor of this recognition is that it includes all of the schools in the city. This reflects the very high level of parent support and interest we have consistently seen at MIHS.

  • (3 years ago)

    BEST SCHOOL EVER! MIHS is the best school in the entire nation. It is filled with the most intelligent athletic social and well-rounded students around. I have never seen or heard of a better school!

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is an incredible school all the parents and students who criticize Mercer Island High School probably did not do well academically. Our school is well known for the excellent teachers and our school does give out hard grades but these grades are weighted so colleges know Mercer Island is a tougher school system and look at your GPA in a different way. Parents freak out when their child doesn't get an A and they pull them out and put them in private schools where they think they are getting a better education. They really aren't. You may say there's a lot of drinking and drug use but really its just as normal in many other ares and they are TEENAGERS. Honestly students are going to be introduced to these things in college so wouldn't you rather have your child learn their lesson in high school instead of in college when your future career depends on you being successful in college? moving to Mercer Island is a big obstacle but life's full of them so put on your big girl panties a deal with it.

  • (3 years ago)

    Now people might think that because of the high test scores and the student drop out rate that MIHS is a great school but it is not. MIHS has one of the worst drug and alcohol problems I've ever heard of mostly due to parents. Parents on Mercer Island are more into defending their children rather than protecting their children. If there is a problem they simply hire the best lawyer they can get to keep their children out of trouble. The Mercer Island police department also does not do much to combat this problem as I have rarely heard of somebody actually getting in serious trouble. If I were a parent I would consider it after looking at how great the academics are but reject it after how terrible everything else is.

  • (3 years ago)

    We moved to Mercer Island from out of state and to Mercer Island solely for the school system. While I am more than ready to believe it may be the best the State of Washington has to offer-- the "best" here is so poor compared to average or below average on the East Coast that it is not worth the cost of moving to MI. If I had know this two years ago we would have chosen to live in a less expensive neighborhood per haps in Seattle and gone the private school route which we are now doing anyway! It is the only way to get a decent education in this state!. IE in An underperforming highschool in New Jersey they have a 13 1 student ration because they do not meet the norm of 11 1 here we out per form at 21 1 even thought the STate average is 19 1!

  • (4 years ago)

    I was somewhat skeptical about MIHS because I know Bellevue's AP participation is great. But my two kids (one a senior and one a sophomore) have absolutely blossomed there. They've had great teachers; the principal provides the right balance of leadership management and connection with the kids; and the coursework has challenged them to think and expand their horizons. The school has an ethic of always trying to improve that I think is important. It used to have the reputation of "resting on its laurels " but as far as I can tell that's in the past. Math instruction could still improve; the curriculum's good and the teachers know their stuff but some aren't too engaging with the kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a student at MIHS and I can proudly say that it is an amazing school!!! I love it!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    The students respect teachers strive to learn and aim for academic success. Teachers administration and students work together to accomplish students' preparation for life's goals both social and academic. All take pride in success.

  • (6 years ago)

    My two kids attended MI HS. They liked most teachers and respected the high bar they set even when they complained about the difficulty or volume of the homework they got. I agree with the March 1 2008 post by a student -- in the end *parents* have the responsibility to educate their kids to know to stay away from drugs and alcohol. One important thing that I havent seen mentioned yet is that BMW's in school parking lot put a lot of pressure and is cause for a lot of family discussion over priorities over what car the kid should get and what is wrong with riding the school bus.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a student at Mercer Island High School and I have only good things to say about this amazing school. The academics are spectacular and are very accommodating for a public school. The sports are also quite fantastic with devoted coaches and athletes. Spirit is also very prevalent at the school and you will always see people sporting their maroon and white. As far as drugs and alcohol go the school is no better or worse than your average high school. Those who say that drugs are everywhere and that you have to use drugs to be 'cool' have no clue what they are talking about. The statistics show that Mercer Island High School is right smack in the middle for drug use. Get your facts right!

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter just graduated form MIHS and is now attending USc. She loved the environment academic challenge sports and the many good and close friends she made during her high school years. Some of the teachers she had were five stars in every way and the present principal is a warm welcoming person who really cares about kids. I am so glad my daughter had the chance to spend her high school years at MIHS.

  • (8 years ago)

    Great School . Great kids teachers administrators parents and community. All of the kids are very driven and get very high score ands grades.

  • (8 years ago)

    Having children attend this school I have been really pleased with the overall education that they have recieved. Excellent teachers really do care about the kids.

  • (8 years ago)

    First of all I attended Mercer Island High School from 10th to 12th Grade. It was a far better school than any of the previous schools I had been enrolled in - I was challenged class loads were flexible and the staff encouraged students to excel and demonstrate applied knowledge. The class offerings were more from a college catalog in terms of electives. This school really set me up for success. Of my 300+ senior class 98% of us were college bound. I hold a B.S. in IT now and I am working on my MBA at Seattle University. I owe a LOT of it to Mercer Island High School the staff and the general environment that they established for me to learn in. Now I am desperately trying to get back to Mercer Island in order to afford my 3 young children the same schooling experience I had.

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