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8225 SE 72nd
Mercer Island, WA 98040

(206) 230-6161
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November 24, 2014
This is my first year here (6th grade) and I really love it. i am excited to be with this school all through 8th grade. My teachers are amazing and they are so fun to talk to. Sometimes i think the principals can get a little grumpy, but doesn't everyone? I also think that about the front office. I really enjoy walking to all my different classrooms seeing different kids every time. I hope everyone who goes to this school thinks the same way. I never really see parents get involved as much as they did in elementary. But, there is a leadership called WEB and i think that really helps 6th graders. This school also has a very useful website called "Schoology" for you to see what is due the next day or week. In lunch sometimes they play movies or videos like the Lego Movie that we watched last week. This school can be very social when it wants to be like handing out cookies or cards to all the kids. I really like all the spirit days like pajamas, school spirit, a holiday, or for your group. Sometimes school can be very frustrating but i get back up and enjoy it again. This is a very important year and i hope all my teachers will help me get me through all of it. Good Luck! Enjoy! :))))

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July 01, 2014
IMS is the mixing bowl for the three feeder elementary schools. It's very a very social time for my son and the number of his friends has ballooned as the children cluster around their own activities, clubs and school sports. The 6th grade class is divided into 3 teams and the teachers are much less responsive to parents. The kids and teachers are increasingly dependent on the Schoology website. The number of "highly capable" kids also increases mysteriously as some parents will helicopter their kids "into E2" whether it's appropriate for their child or not (to me this sounds like a nightmare scenario for adolescents). For a parent, it can be an extreme change from K-5 and volunteering opportunities drop off considerably.

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October 31, 2013
Many of the teachers are very good, but what really sets this school apart is the Principals. Both of them are supportive and fair. As a new student, my kid had numerous issues in 6th grade. The principals offered guidance and fought for him every step of the way, encouraging his strengths and molding his weaknesses. He left 8th grade far better academically and socially than when he started, and both principals should be credited with a large responsibility for this. He felt they were truly interested in his concerns; I felt the same way. It's easy for me to entrust both my children to an institution with this team at the helm! Talk to them if you have concerns -- they are knowledgeable and helpful with everything from homework to friends and bullies to class placement.

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October 12, 2010
They care - they genuinely care - about each and every child - the teachers are amazing and the principles and support staff are too - It is truly a wonderful environment for children to go and learn in each and everyday

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April 24, 2010
The principal supports high standards for quality teaching that is sensitive the needs of the students. There are a number of superb teachers and programs. Very good Gifted program.

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March 14, 2010
We are so pleased with the Principal and her support staff! An awesome and caring group of professionals!

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March 23, 2009
New administration is excellent and always striving for improvement. Parent involvement is over the top and teachers are dedicated and communicative. Can be competitive environment on many levels--but much excellence to be found here.

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February 12, 2009
I like this school very much although some of the people can be kind of mean and intimidating. Most of the people are awesome though and i do have a lot of great friends. The teachers are very nice too, and they care about your grades. I do think that this chool has room for improvment.

- submitted by a student

January 07, 2009
i am a new student in IMS and every one has been very kind help full and inclusive. the teachers are great and are always read to help. on my first day i got shown to all my classes and had lots of fun. Go Islander Gators

- submitted by a student

November 21, 2008
I love this school. There are lots of good teachers, and it is very challenging

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July 09, 2007
My child loves this school very much. She has exeled in nmany thing once she stared attending this school. GO GATORS!!!

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July 09, 2007
My daughter LOVES this school very much, and never would consider about departing. All the teachers are considerate and are unbelievable educators. I support their teaching techniques and anything they conduct. My daughter acquires countless friends and is very content where she is. I suggest this school to any parent looking for the best education for their child.

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2006
This school is the best in the state. Best test scores and great teachers! I go to this school and I am a 6th grade girl. But you are expected at the school to meet the standards for popularity at this school. Since most of these families are very wealthy, these children have all different kinds of very expensive, designer clothing and purses. And if you don't have them you sometimes out of the loop. The kids though are all so nice and kind and educated!

- submitted by a student

May 01, 2006
IMS is a great school for kids in many ways. My biggest gripe is that there are many teachers that aren't too interested in helping an individual student...the attitude is, 'Go get a tutor.' If your kid is a top 10% student, you're going to get a good education. If you need extra help, in some cases, you aren't going to get it.

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March 23, 2006
The atmosphere is sky-high and students are very inclusive, welcoming, and polite. Academics are top-knotch and all students have the opportunity to be sucessful. Struggling students can get extra help and gifted students can be challenged. Go Islanders!

- submitted by a parent

March 23, 2006
Students are well-behaved, friendly, bright and motivated. All students excell. Go Gators!

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January 20, 2006
IMS is a busy school with may mainstream opportunities: sports, music, arts. However, those students who don't fit the standard mold, often have little traction with other students and tend to feel left out. That said, the support staff, counselors, etc. went out of their way to help my son - who didn't fit the profile - find a way to fit in - yet in the end, we choose a private school instead of IMS for his schooling.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2006
I'm in 8th grade and have gone to IMS for 3years now, and I liked it... for a while. The sixth grade was the best, my teacher inspired me to be excited about learning, but 7th & 8th were terrible for me. I dislike(d) my teachers. The band is awesome, but there's also barely any diversity. It seems like everyone is afraid of people of color and of homosexuals. Since they're afraid of these variations, some students harass and exclude others, which has been a big problem. I've decided to go to a private school for high school because I don't think that Mercer Island High School will be a right fit for me. Even though our test scores are 'outstanding', I don't think that our school is as amazing as the experts say. Good luck in finding good schools for your children.

- submitted by a student

January 10, 2006
Islander Middle School provides a challenging academic cirriculum for every student. Most teachers and administrative staff members are caring professionals,teaching our children life responsilities and preparing them well before entering high school. Thanks also to high parents involvement and the availability of clubs and sports activities, I felt that my child is enjoying her middle school years at IMS

- submitted by a parent

January 02, 2006
This School is thought to be one of the best, if not the best, schools in the state. From my experience, students are undisciplined.

- submitted by a parent

November 22, 2005
Highly overranked this school is not as great as it is supposed to be. The staff is also very one sided.

- submitted by a teacher

April 02, 2005
Definitely a lot of high level teachers, but some who have given the students way too much power and then are themselves disenchanted with the resulting lack of participation and dedication to learning. School needs to find better ways to motivate learning rather than knowledge. Middle schoolers are by definition unfocused to begin with, so teachers that motivate rather than deligate to texts should be acknowledged.

- submitted by a parent

December 08, 2004
Islander Middle School has good teachers. However, the overall atmosphere at the school is cold and uncaring. Students who are struggling are ignored, students in the middle range are ignored-only the 'prize' students are nurtured. I do not feel that the high test scores of this school should be credited to the school itself but rather to the upper middle class families that live on Mercer Island.

- submitted by a parent

October 28, 2004
I think that overall this school does a good job in preparing its' students for high school. For the most part, the teachers are dedicated and caring, with high expectations for their students. While the principal may not be as outwardly nurturing as her predecessor, she is a competent administrator who cares about the students and treats them fairly and with respect.

- submitted by a parent

January 23, 2004
Top school in the state keeps getting better. 2003 Blue Ribbon School gives kids the environment they need to be successful. Teachers are top notch with really involved and caring parents. Kids are well prepared for high school.

- submitted by a parent
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Islander Middle School
8225 SE 72nd, Mercer Island, WA  98040
(206) 230-6161
Last modified Islander Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Islander Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top