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Islander Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 343 students

 

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Posted July 1, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2010

We are so pleased with the Principal and her support staff! An awesome and caring group of professionals!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted January 7, 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


Posted November 21, 2008

I love this school. There are lots of good teachers, and it is very challenging
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2007

My child loves this school very much. She has exeled in nmany thing once she stared attending this school. GO GATORS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 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


Posted May 2, 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


Posted May 1, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted March 23, 2006

Students are well-behaved, friendly, bright and motivated. All students excell. Go Gators!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 2, 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


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

346 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

346 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students90%
Female90%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income69%
Not low income91%
Special education59%
Not special education94%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female92%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian87%
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income56%
Not low income92%
Special education57%
Not special education94%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students89%
Female87%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic65%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income63%
Not low income90%
Special education50%
Not special education92%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female91%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanic77%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income69%
Not low income91%
Special education61%
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students94%
Female96%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic94%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low income94%
Not low income94%
Special education71%
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students84%
Female82%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low incomen/a
Not low income85%
Special education32%
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female84%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian84%
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low incomen/a
Not low income83%
Special education36%
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female89%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low incomen/a
Not low income89%
Special education43%
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 94% in 2011.

38 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2011.

13 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 97% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 100% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure 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.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 82% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 97% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 97% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 99% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure 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.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Femalen/a
Male100%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Not low income100%
Not special education100%

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure 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.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 21% 7%
Hispanic 3% 20%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 11%N/A8%
Special education 19%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 18N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 11N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 72%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mary Jo Budzius

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
Note: Data provided by community members,
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8225 SE 72nd
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: (206) 230-6161

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