276 E 68th Pl
Merrillville, IN 46410
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
3/
10
Bottom 50%
Merrillville High School serves 2,182 students in grades 9-12.
Merrillville High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Indiana for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is top 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 15% (which is lower than the Indiana state average of 45%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 50% (which is higher than the Indiana state average of 49%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is equal to the Indiana state level of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 90% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the Indiana state average of 32% (majority Black and Hispanic).

School Overview

Merrillville High School's student population of 2,182 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 131 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
(offers virtual instruction)
Total Students
2,182 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
131 teachers
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School Rankings

Merrillville High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 1,757 schools in Indiana (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Merrillville High School is 0.52, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.51. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year Data
This School
State Level (IN)
Overall Testing Rank
#1329 out of 1757 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
15%
45%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
50%
49%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
17:1
17:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
1%
2%
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Hispanic
18%
12%
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Black
66%
13%
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White
10%
68%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
5%
5%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.52
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Graduation Rate
91%
86%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
48%
42%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for free lunch in Merrillville High School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for free lunch in Indiana by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
13%
7%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Merrillville High School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Indiana by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, IN Dept. of Education

School Reviews

5   8/19/2021
Very Good School.
- Posted by Parent - Kayla
3   3/31/2021
I went the school back in the late 90s. So Thats been over 2 decades. It was an influential school then and is now probably from the website. I would recommend it for the diversity then the other surrounding schools. It was diversity back there when I went back in the late 90s. The other schools did not have any blacks that even enrolled their MHS had over 17 percent. Now is it is over 60 percent black. I still Recommended Pirate Land!!!!!!!! Go Pirates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Posted by Student/Alumni - Kristi
5   9/14/2020
I have two current MHS high schoolers and one that graduated a few years ago. My oldest graduated in 2017 and had 15 college credits when he left MHS. He was well prepared for college and has continued to excel. He will be graduating in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. My youngest two, 10th and 11th grade are also doing well and have had a positive school experience. The school offers so much. You have to take advantage of the opportunities you are given and be focused and do your work. I really am shocked that the school ranked so low because that has not been our experience.
- Posted by Parent - Alice
4   6/1/2020
I graduated from Merrillville High School nine years ago and I think that it was an all right experience overall. The people that have worked there have always what's desired what's best for me. I always remembered when Mrs. Staffel was ever afraid to stay behind and help me with my math work. I also appreciated how much my guidance counselor, Mrs. Wilson, was there to honestly guide me through every one of my situations. All in all, I'm grateful that MHS is my alma mater.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - Re'Joi
5   12/27/2018
The student demographic has experienced a significant shift over the past 15 or so years. The younger generation of students coming in are facing circumstances that challenge their ability to perform at the level the district has maintained in previous years. My heart goes out to the parents, teachers and staff that are continuously striving to uphold a high standard for their children. The families that have stayed and those who moved in continue to push their kids in the right direction; YOU have my highest respect. Merrillville is still an excellent place to live and we not going to give up the fight towards keeping it that way. Thank you.
- Posted by Teacher - Rick
2   6/3/2014
Merrillville high school is a good high school....if you are a sohpmore jounier or senior the freshmen are destroyed they are so hard on them that the highest drop out rate is the freshmen. MERVILLVILLE HIGH SCHOOL focuses so much on disipline that they forget to listen.
- Posted by Parent - tyrea

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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 2,182 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 17:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 90%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 91% (Btm 50% in IN)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 15% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 50% (Top 50%)
  • Diversity Score
    : 0.52 (Top 30%)

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