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West Mercer Elementary School is a public elementary school in Mercer Island. The principal of West Mercer Elementary School is Richard Mellish. 704 children attend West Mercer Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 5% of the 704 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at West Mercer Elementary School is 16:1. Island Park Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 75% 73%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 3% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 19% 20%
Asian 18% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.9% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5% 3%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Our son and daughter attend West Mercer Elementary School. We use Kelso's Choice at home to talk about situations reported in the world of adults. I appreciate the curriculum giving parents language and tools to tackle tough problems.

  • (1 year ago)

    Not sure why people rate the school down for days off and half days most schools do this now days. I have two girls going through West Mercer and we have been very pleased with the quality of the teachers the curriculum and the administrators. We make the effort to communicate with the teachers and they are always willing to take the time and communicate with us. We moved to Mercer Island because of the school system and have not been let down.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our grandson now has his sister's favorite teacher and he is finally really getting involved with learning! I think the school's great -- just wish they were a little more open to volunteers as Montlake in Seattle is. I've been there twice to bring cupcakes for Will's birthday but would love to meet his teacher.

  • (2 years ago)

    The teachers are excellent. I've been pleased with the balance of academic rigor that also respects the pace of learning for each child. Even in 1st grade there was quite a bit of homework and weekly spelling tests. From day 1 my child was taught to embrace Kelso's choices for conflict resolution. When he was bullied (1x) the teacher escalated the incident to the principal and the school counselor got involved. The issue was immediately resolved. Teachers are super responsive to any questions or issues when I reach out to them. They have an art docent program music room and small computer lab. Also a certified King County Level 1 Green school. My child has benefitted from after school lego clubs and art clubs.

  • (3 years ago)

    West Mercer is an average school at best. The principal is interested only in making sure that there are no ripples in the water. Bullying? Sweep it under the rug. Sub-optimal teachers? Ignore it! I would rate my child's experience at WME as mediocre at best. Parents run the show; they forced out two principals while my child was there for no other reason than "we didn't like them". Translated they didn't bow to our every demand for our "perfect" children. I'll never understand parents who think they know what's "best" for every child.

  • (4 years ago)

    Children all seem to like the teachers and the other students. Parents receive well-designed progress reports regularly. The PTA is active. It is a good size so that kids know one another ... which is important as they progress to the common middle and high schools.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our 2 children attend West Mercer and we couldn't be happier. Our son is in the 4th grade and our daughter is in 2nd grade. The curriculum teachers staff facilities parent involvement and extracurricular activities that West Mercer offers are top notch.

  • (6 years ago)

    We have had 3 children at this elementary after attending a large parochial school in the midwest. WM is an amazing community as well as fantastic academic preparation for middle school. The environment is positive encouraging while holding kids responsible for their actions and choices. Teachers are simply remarkable in their dedication interim principal has been a real source organization and unity and parents are literally tripping over each other in the halls to volunteer and participate!

  • (7 years ago)

    The best gifted program and the best teacher-Mr. Headlee. My son truly enjoys his studying in this class and he has learned a lot since he transferred here last year.

  • (8 years ago)

    Good combination of material and interest. As well as permeating the curriculum music and arts as well as sports and estracurricular activities are superb. Dedicated and accomplished teachers that go the extra mile. Parents are extremely involved- one of the hallmarks of the community in general.

  • (8 years ago)

    West Mercer is an excellent public school that successfully combines great teachers extracurricular acitivities educational resources and materials with an inspiring level of parent involvemet.

  • (9 years ago)

    The school seems organized and my child's teacher is very involved in her education. However there seem to be very many days that the children are not in school for one reason or another. We learned that every Monday was 'early release' only after school had started which really threw my husband's and my work schedules as we were not able to prepare. Also the KAP program is more expensive than any other school in the state which also does not figure in the early release days and miscellaneous days off for fund-raisers teachers planning etc.

  • (9 years ago)

    Teachers are good but very strong willed and tend to have enerything from curriculum to days off acoording to just their desres without comment from parents.

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