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.
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.
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
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.
We are so pleased with the Principal and her support staff! An awesome and caring group of professionals!
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.
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.
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
I love this school. There are lots of good teachers, and it is very challenging
My child loves this school very much. She has exeled in nmany thing once she stared attending this school. GO GATORS!!!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Students are well-behaved, friendly, bright and motivated. All students excell. Go Gators!
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.
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.
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
This School is thought to be one of the best, if not the best, schools in the state. From my experience, students are undisciplined.
Highly overranked this school is not as great as it is supposed to be. The staff is also very one sided.
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