MIHS SAT scores up

This year's Mercer Island High School SAT scores were the best in nine years.

After several years of little change, the average math score was 635 -- 25 points more than last year and more than 100 points higher than state and national averages. The average verbal score for Islander juniors and seniors was up 23 points for a total of 613, again much higher than state average of 532, and the national average, 508.

This year's big improvements for Mercer Island scores are in sharp contrast to virtually no change at the national level and only a few points gained in state performance.

Although the SAT was changed in format in 2005, these scores are comparable to scores tabulated for 1997 through 2004. Most of the class of 2005 took the test in 2004, which was similar to previous years.

School administrators attributed the improvement in the scores to the hard work of students, teachers and families.

February in France

High school students have until Dec. 1 to apply for an exchange trip to Mercer Island's sister city, Thonon-les-bains, France.

The Mercer Island Sister City Association is sponsoring its fourth exchange trip for students enrolled in French classes, scheduled for Feb. 11-25. Students stay with host families during the trip and also spend three nights in Paris. The cost is $1,200 per person, which includes round trip air fare.

To apply, students must complete essay questions about why they want to go and why they'd make good ambassadors. For more information call Kathy Medlock at 275-1045 or Joan Cremin at 232-1473.

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