Mercer Island High School in Mercer Island, WA - Niche

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Mercer Island High School is a public school in Mercer Island, Washington. It has 1,384 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 97% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 135 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

9100 Se 42nd
Mercer Island, WA 98040
(206) 236-3345

Ratings and Reviews
3.6 from 135 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: I love the community at this school. The school spirit is out of this world; it's almost impossible not to love being at MIHS. Students, parents, and teachers alike contribute to a phenomenal atmosphere that encourages both academic and personal growth for all students.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Teachers: Most teachers are spectacular educators, very well-informed and devoted to sharing their subjects with their students. Unfortunately, there do seem to be a few examples, but this is probably unavoidable. As a whole, the teaching staff is very qualified and caring about the students.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: It is a good school but it is hard to make friends if you do not start as a freshman.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I love MIHS! It's such a spirited environment and it's such a fun school to attend for sports games, assemblies and events. The people can be rather cliquey and the fact that many affluent people live in the area can make it hard for families with lesser incomes to find places to "fit in". The pressure to drugs and party is quite prevalent, seeing as those who "party" seem to be the "cool" kids. Overall, the advanced and AP courses are quite rigorous and challenging. The normal classes can vary in level of difficulty based on which teacher you have.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: It'll prepare you for the real world.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
4.33 Bellevue High School 2 mi. 1,497
4.33 Newport Senior High School 2 mi. 1,678
4.00 Sammamish Senior High School 4 mi. 987
3.00 Franklin High School 4 mi. 1,307
3.00 Renton Senior High School 6 mi. 1,319

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 47%
Male 52%

Student Diversity

Mercer Island High School United States Bellevue High School Franklin High School Newport Senior High School Renton Senior High School Sammamish Senior High School
White 71.0% 51.0% 56.0% 6.0% 42.0% 12.0% 46.0%
Asian 20.0% 4.8% 25.0% 54.0% 42.0% 30.0% 19.0%
Hispanic 3.0% 25.0% 6.0% 8.0% 5.0% 19.0% 19.0%
Multiracial 2.0% 2.8% 8.0% 2.0% 7.0% 3.0% 8.0%
African American 1.0% 15.0% 2.0% 26.0% 2.0% 33.0% 5.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 1.0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 24.1%
Grade 10 26.4%
Grade 11 25.4%
Grade 12 24.2%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 19 responses

  • 63% Yes
  • 16% Not sure.
  • 21% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 27% Academic opportunities
  • 18% Lots of student activities
  • 14% Music department
  • 14% Ms. Sayers
  • 9% The ceramics program
  • 5% The opportunities to travel
  • 5% Spirit
  • 5% Party scene
  • 5% Great Athletics

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 12 responses

  • 26% Being in a small community
  • 17% Gossip
  • 17% Stress culture
  • 17% Not very diverse
  • 9% "rich" community
  • 9% Expense
  • 4% "bad" teachers

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 14 responses

  • 79% Academic excellence
  • 21% Spirit

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 9 responses

  • 78% Spirit
  • 22% Loyalty

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 55% Ask for help when you need it.
  • 27% Be yourself and ignore rude people
  • 18% Focus on school not making "friends"

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 12 responses

  • 0% I love everything about this school.
  • 75% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 25% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.