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Mercer Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 325 students

 

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Posted June 20, 2013

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.


Posted December 19, 2011

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


Posted November 18, 2011

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.


Posted October 21, 2011

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...


Posted September 1, 2009

Mercer is the Best School The students Are Nice and the teachers Are Nice Too
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 11, 2009

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!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2009

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!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 9, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 24, 2008

The school is great. The students have great spirit, the school has been remodeled, and they have a great ultimate team
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 22, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2008

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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2007

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


Posted June 25, 2007

The building is kinda ugly, there is not that much homework to do, the school needs a paint job, and needs to be cleaner.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
69%
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 Students79%
Female79%
Male79%
Black54%
Asian92%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income74%
Not low income91%
Special education23%
Not special education85%
Limited English56%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female82%
Male77%
Black59%
Asian88%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income75%
Not low income89%
Special education46%
Not special education83%
Limited English50%
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 Students74%
Female77%
Male71%
Black51%
Asian88%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income69%
Not low income90%
Special education22%
Not special education81%
Limited English47%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female74%
Male67%
Black49%
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander81%
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income65%
Not low income88%
Special education39%
Not special education74%
Limited English36%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female91%
Male83%
Black75%
Asian93%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic79%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income84%
Not low income97%
Special education58%
Not special education91%
Limited English63%
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 Students80%
Female83%
Male78%
Black57%
Asian94%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic69%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income76%
Not low income92%
Special education31%
Not special education84%
Limited English54%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female80%
Male62%
Black55%
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander81%
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income68%
Not low income77%
Special education42%
Not special education73%
Limited English24%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students87%
Female92%
Male82%
Black72%
Asian96%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanic77%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income85%
Not low income93%
Special education62%
Not special education89%
Limited English61%
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.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
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 Students88%
Female85%
Male91%
Black72%
Asian95%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income86%
Not low income93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English69%
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 Students98%
Female100%
Male97%
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low income97%
Not low income100%
Not special education98%

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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 52% 7%
Black 27% 5%
Hispanic 14% 20%
White 4% 60%
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 121%N/A8%
Special education 113%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 273%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 19N/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 74%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Andhra Lutz

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
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