School Details

Mercer Middle School

1600 South Columbian Wy, Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 252-8000
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 806 students 19 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

79%
70%
59%
79%
80%
72%

Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2011-2012 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Seattle Public Schools average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
72%
64%
70%
74%
69%
87%
78%
71%

Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2011-2012 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Seattle Public Schools average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
69%
53%
70%
73%
66%
87%
75%
65%

Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2011-2012 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
88%
87%
82%
98%
100%
99%

End-of-Course (EOC) Exam

In 2011-2012 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Seattle Public Schools average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Mercer Middle School is a public middle school in Seattle. The principal of Mercer Middle School is Andhra Lutz. 806 students go to Mercer Middle School and identify mostly as Asian; Asian/Pacific Islander; and White, non-Hispanic. 75% of the 806 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Mercer Middle School is 19:1. St. George Parish School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 52% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 51% 22%
White, non-Hispanic 5% 44%
Black, non-Hispanic 26% 21%
Hispanic 15% 12%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Multiracial 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75% 42%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Mercer middle school-was a waste of 3years of my life I wish I could get back.i am happy to never return.this school led me to weight problems and eating my feelings away it changed me for the worse.

  • (2 years ago)

    I agree with below. Best 3 years of my life. Although the school is harsh on its punishments. For example in washington middle school one fight = 3 day suspension. At mercer one fight = expulsion

  • (3 years ago)

    Mercer Middle School is the BEST school ever. I went their for 6th grade but moved ) This school has everything. I love their lunch choices the teachers play equipment & diversity. If you live around the Beacon Hill area in Seattle I recommend that you go to Mercer. It will be the best 3 years of your life.

  • (3 years ago)

    As a former student I'd say being in this school was the best 3 years of my life. I loved the teachers(they really get to know students there) the music program wasn't the best compared to other middle schools but was still fun to be in(band/orchestra contests and concerts especially) and the honors/Spectrum taught by experienced teachers really gets hardworking students ahead. Of all the sports teams in mercer the ultimate frisbee teams were the best(judging by all their trophies- I never joined though). If only I could relive 7th and 8th grade...

  • (5 years ago)

    Mercer is the Best School The students Are Nice and the teachers Are Nice Too

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a current student at Mercer. I personally think it is a great school with a lot of diversity. I love the teachers and I really love this school. It has a lot of wonderful after- school programs such as volleyball and frisbee. The students here are really nice and awesome. I would recommend this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is my daughters 2nd year at Mercer and it has been great. She is in the honors program and blayed on the volleyball team. she has many great friends and is happy there. That say's alot!!

  • (5 years ago)

    We are feeling great about Mercer. It has a very friendly and accepting culture--the kids have a great attitude and we don't see the social tiers or bullying that you hear about at some other middle schools. Almost all the teachers we've had contact with are fantastic--my kids' science social studies and language arts courses have been impressive. We were disappointed that they don't have better options for advanced math for 6h graders but the school has worked hard with parents to accomodate the advanced kids. The band seems to be doing very well and the Ultimate program is inspiring--dominating success fueled by goofy fun.

  • (5 years ago)

    Mercer is a great school... Although the principal is not that great. I was there for three year it was fun and i played on the Ultimate team which was a great chance to get out there and play a sport! There a few great teachers in every Grade which is Great!

  • (5 years ago)

    I hated my three years SO MUCH! I am a very good student honestly and this school challenged me NOT AT ALL! The whole administrative team was mean and unhelpful and would never answer my questions. Yes there are a handful of good teachers but i would reccomend sending your kid to Denny or Washington. The only good thing is the ultimate team.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is great. The students have great spirit the school has been remodeled and they have a great ultimate team

  • (6 years ago)

    Mercer is a wonderful school. In the past when I went there I noticed everyone was mutally involved. The teacher were deeply involved in student success and concerns of parents. The school offered opportunity to diverse student and student life. This school is/was really down to earth. Also their music program has very widely expanded. Their orchestra has taken first place in 'The Music In the Parks' (competition) several times in a row.If it wasn't for that school I probably wouldn't be where I today. It is greatly appreciated and just like every school it has problems but don't be too quick to judge. All Mercer needs is a chance and you will truly see how a seed has come to blossom into a beautiful rose.

  • (6 years ago)

    My kids have done great at Mercer and I'm really glad we chose to send them there. I think the principal has made some really important changes. The kids at Mercer are nice & the teachers really care about the students. My kids have been in honors classes at Mercer and my oldest is doing really well great in honors classes in high school now. I appreciated that Ms Bertucci's 8th grade Integrated I math was really a tough class - my older student learned a lot in that class and is really doing well in Integrated 2 in high school.

  • (6 years ago)

    The school is small enough to know that your child is noticed yet big enough to have that middle school feel. This school keeps improving every year

  • (7 years ago)

    The school is straight up horrible. Although there is a few bright spots in academics the enviorment is horrible.

  • (7 years ago)

    The building is kinda ugly there is not that much homework to do the school needs a paint job and needs to be cleaner.

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