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Sustainability Task Forced studies best and additional classroom and activity practices and recommends policies to be space was added to Islander Middle introduced throughout the community, not School and Mercer Island High School. only for the City , but also businesses and Mercer Island also has several private individuals under the direction of the schools. St. Monica School is a Catholic Manager of Sustainability. school that serves 250 students, Public Safety Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. The French-American School of Puget Sound Mercer Island residents enjoy top-rated is both a bilingual and immersion-style fire and police protection. Island police language school for preschool through and firefighters are trained in the use of eighth-grade currently serving about state-of-the-art emergency equipment 225 students. Northwest Yeshiva High and techniques. The Mercer Island School is a private orthodox Jewish high Police and Fire Departments operate a school with an enrollment of about 130. marine patrol unit to patrol the Island’s There are also several other small shores, as well as a special dive team state-accredited schools and education- unit for rescue and recovery operations al consulting firms on the Island that offer around the lake. Emergency prepared- assessment, tutoring, and courses for ness is important to Islanders, and the credit in all subjects through high school. City, citizens, and school district all work History together to constantly update the very large hotel, the Calkins Hotel, on Island’s emergency plans. Mercer Island Legend has it that the Duwamish Indians, the west side of the Island. But after only has a very low crime rate. who lived in what would become the a few years, Calkins’ fortunes changed Human Services Island was inhabited by an evil spirit. stroyed it in 1908 and with it Calkins’-and he had to sell the hotel. Fire degreater Seattle area, believed Mercer Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Thus they largely stayed away from the dreams of turning the Island into a (MIYFS) is the Island’s social service Island except to gather wild berries in fashionable resort. Gradually, the Island’s agency. It receives some public funding the daytime. population grew and steamers transport- and private contributions, but a major Another story relates to their belief that ed people and goods across Lake share of its operating budget comes Washington. It wasn’t until 1940, when athe Island sank into the lake each night from its Thrift Shop, a favorite place for bridge was built between Mercer Islandand rose again in the morning. But bargain hunters around the region. eventually, pioneers took their chances and Seattle (the world’s largest concrete MIYFS offers scores of programs for all floating bridge), that the populationon the sinking island and began to ages, special services for seniors, settle here. began to boom. counseling, mediation, drug prevention programs for youth, and much more. Mercer Island was named in 1860 after Before the bridge was completed, the Education Mercer brothers who were among the later it was 4,500, and by the timepopulation was about 1,200. A decadeJudge Thomas Mercer, one of the three The schools are a source of pride for early settlers in the Seattle area. city in 1960, it was 12,000. In the 1980sMercer Island was incorporated into a Mercer Island – and the single most Mercer Island was slow to attract settlers the Island’s connection to Seattle was important reason that many young at first – a fact that must seem incredible replaced by a new floating bridge with families move to the Island. to today’s real estate brokers. Some early two tunnels. Interstate 90 was trenched With standardized test scores among the settlers came and went, but it wasn’t until across the north end of the Island in the highest in the state, active parental most expensive and environmentally1885 that Charles and Agnes Olds, the involvement, and a highly educated creative stretch of interstate in theIsland’s “first family,” settled on the Island that other homesteaders began to populace, the Island’s schools have a United States. And Mercer Island gained very high graduation rate. The dropout a new 22-acre Park on the Lid, withestablish themselves on the Island. rate is actually near zero, thanks in part Near the turn of the century, a wealthy playfields, tennis courts, and parkland to Crest Learning Center, an alternative entrepreneur named C.C. Calkins built a over the lanes of the interstate. high school that serves students with different learning styles or special Excellence Today, the World Tomorrow schedule requirements. More than 90 percent of Mercer Island High School FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF PUGET SOUND graduates go on to college. ECOLE FRANCO-AMÉRICAINE DU PUGET SOUND The Mercer Island Schools Foundation, which raises money for the public BILINGUAL EDUCATION ☆ No French language schools and helps bridge the gap FROM YOUNG PRE-K experience required through model throughout the Northwest. International community☆(AGE 3) TO GRADE 8Kindergarten between needs and state funding, is a high school, one middle school, four www.fasps.org ☆ Tuition aid availableDaily bus and hot lunch☆Contact us for a Tour!Small class size☆ The Mercer Island School District has one elementary schools, and Crest Learning Center, an alternative high school patriciab@fasps.org ☆ Accredited by: NWAIS & 275serviceext(206)275-3533 program. Northwood Elementary School Just off I-90 on Mercer Island French Ministry of Education was completed in the summer of 2016, Directory & Community Guide 2016-2017 7


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