Just over five miles long and two miles wide, Mercer Island is a true island community consisting of high quality residential areas, preserved parks and open space, as well as miles of developed shoreline. Incorporated in July 1960, the Island has its own sense of identity distinct from its neighbors, Seattle and Bellevue. With a population of just over 22,000, Mercer Island has been widely recognized as one of the premier residential communities in the State of Washington. SCHOOLS The Mercer Island School District overviews six common schools on the island: three primary schools (Lakeridge Elementary, Island Park Elementary and West Mercer Elementary); one Middle school (Islander Middle School); one High school,Mercer Island High School; one alternative secondary school (Crest Learning Center). Mercer Island is also home to the St. Monica School (K-8), the French American School of Puget Sound (P-8), and the Northwest Yeshiva High School (9-12). Mercer Island schools rank high both nationally and in Washington State. U.S. News reported the following ranking for Mercer Island Schools: Medal Awarded: Silver National Rank: #559 State Rank: #14 Additionally, U.S. News calculated the following success values based on student performance on state exit exams and internationally available exams on college-level coursework (AP®/IB exams). Proficient in Reading: 95% Proficient in Math: 81% PARKS: Luther Burbank Park covers 77 acres of land and has 0.75 miles of waterfront. The park has a public boat dock and fishing pier, a swimming beach, an amphitheater, tennis courts, barbecues and picnic facilities, and an off-leash dog area. The Park on the Lid is atop the I-90 tunnel entrances. This park has softball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic shelters, and the Freeway Sculpture Park. Pioneer Park covers 113 acres and has equestrian, bicycle, and hiking trails. Deane's Children Park, also known as "Dragon Park", is a small park with playground equipment. ANNUAL EVENTS: Mercer Island is focal to annual performances by the Blue Angels during Seattle's summer Seafair Celebration. Summer Celebration is a celebration once a year on the weekend after the 4th of July. The celebration ends with fireworks.