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Orange, CA
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333 South Prospect Street
Orange, CA 92869

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(714) 997-6384
(714) 628-4321
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August 13, 2014
I recently graduated from McPherson(I cried tons), and I loved it! Parents if you don't want to have to work with your child so they can succeed at such a family oriented school, McPherson is not for you. I've heard people say that once they were not volunteering as much, they were given "worse" teachers or weren't treated as well as other families. A) there aren't really better teachers, some are more strict than others. But I noticed looking back all of them cared about me equally. The year I had my toughest teacher I completely changed my work ethic, graduated with honors ,and I was in ASB. B) If you feel like your student is being placed in a more strict classroom it is probably because you have become busier and haven't had much time to work with them. Resulting in them working more on their own, so they need more guidance at school. C) It's crazy to think you're being treated differently, obviously you are going to interact less with people there if you are not volunteering. It's hard to keep up a relationship with someone if you don't talk to them. I enjoyed my time being a McPherson Meteor. There is no doubt I will go to the carnivals, and I will definitely be visiting.

- submitted by a community member
June 13, 2014
Despite the horrible bathrooms and small campus, McPherson gives a lot to the students. Many of the teachers personally care for students and are willing to help with any situation. The office staff is super friendly and helps out on any case. Yes, some years stood out more than others, but sticking around to the end granted so many memories and great opportunities only McPherson offers. The science program gives so many unique opportunities that not many kids at other schools are given. Laptop program prepares students once you step into the 21st century. Little Buddies give both the little Buddy and Bug Buddy memories that last a lifetime. I don't know why anyone would not want to come here.

- submitted by a community member
May 20, 2014
So relieved my child will no longer attend this school after this year. My family has watched this school go downhill for years. We were here with our older child when it was good. The few good teachers are reserved for the parents who are friends with them and the principal. Before my wife went back to work, she was able to volunteer a lot and helped the teachers do their job and our daughter always got the "best" teachers. That ended when she had to return to work. Bringing back a former vice principal won't fix things when he did nothing when he was there to make things better. Families are constantly shook down to make donations which is hard for some of us who are working hard and just getting by. The 6th grade program is a nightmare and parents have complained for years and they are just now talking about making it better. For the few teachers who were good, we are grateful, but my daughter had more that were not good and we regret sticking it out for so long. We will be moving her out of the district for high school. I wish the good teachers well but the rest should wake up and realize they are lucky to have a a well paying job and stop complaining.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
Great school. I agree with previous review.My son started kinder and graduates 2014 from 8th grade. McPherson number one in the state.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
Every school has it pros and cons. McPherson Magnet has a lot of PROs. My child has been there since Kinder and is ready to graduate. There are quality teachers and a lot of them have been awarded Teacher of the Year. (Do they have some lemons?... Yes!) The PTSA and Education Foundation has worked tirelessly to update the school facility and technology (Is more needed?...Yes!). The parent volunteers are outstanding. I've heard over the years the District has hindered the school progress by not granting it money like other schools. However, McPherson has overcome through generous donations. Overall, it has been a Positive experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
I agree with EVERY negative comment on this site. It is very unfortunate because it used to be an amazing school that made learning fun for ALL the kids.

- submitted by a community member
September 13, 2013
It's not what you think. I had my child at this school since K-7. I felt the teachers also dumped all homework at the parents, wanted to take less responsibility in teaching. Not sure why they had the distinguish school award and in my opinion in lacked on it. I noticed teachers would pick favoritism students. All the teachers my child had thorough out the years have all been long gone. It made me wonder why? McPherson is not what it used to be the staff has changed. This school started focusing in kid s behavior nit picking about everything instead of educating them. My child is now very happy at the new school, likes all the Teachers. I must add that the new teachers have giving my child a new perspective on education that it can be fun learning. Mc Pherson teachers made my child feel like a failure. I knew then it was time for us to leave before my child hated school. Thanks a lot McPherson! Another thing that bother me is why are some parents getting their own space parking with theur last name on it? This is a public school.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
This is a great school! The teachers are dedicated and want to instill a sense of belonging to children. My child feels safe and cared for. My child is learning much and its more than academics-it is a community and a home away from home here.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
I am shocked to read so many negative reviews about McPherson. While I agree with some of the complaints (bathrooms in need of repair), I also believe that politics exist at ALL schools. And there are great teachers and not so great teachers at ANY school. This is not an issue exclusive to McPherson. This is our 5th year there, I am a very involved parent, and I have never witnessed rampant gossiping between teachers and parents. I also don't mind that parents are sometimes involved in assessments and grading papers. With class sizes being so large at ALL schools, it is impossible for teachers to do it all. I have always felt that anything I discussed with teachers regarding my child was always kept confidential. I have never worried about other parents disclosing my child's progress or lack thereof. If others have had these issues, I believe they are isolated incidents and not typical occurences. I am very pleased with the Magnet portion of the school. I believe McP excels (as they should) in Math, Science, & Technology. I went to private school and McP has that same private school feel. Maybe McPherson isn't the right fit for every family, but it is the right fit for mine.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2013
We transferred our kids to Mcpherson, believing all the hype that it was a great science and technology school. We were greatly disappointed by the quality of education and the lack of professionalism at the school. Too many teachers are lazy, dumping their work on the parents. Parents assess the students and even do some of the grading! There is no confidentiality! The lack of professionalism at this school is pervasive. Teachers are buddies with parents, and gossip is rampant! As for the technology, they have less than most Title 1 schools. A computer lab and some expensive projectors is all...projectors that they have difficulty maintaining because of the cost. The school grounds are old too. The bathrooms are disgusting!! And don't expect the administration to do anything about it because any complaint you have will fall on deaf ears. The principal lacks the backbone to truly lead and be decisive. We have removed our children from this school. I would sum it up by saying that while the vision/mission of the school is attractive, it falls very short from delivering any of it. If you are stuck there, I suggest going straight to the district if you want to be heard.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2013
Class sizes are just too big. Teachers, whether their fault or not, are just surviving. They are not teaching here but rather managing. I agree with another reviewer that there is quite a bit of gossip coming from *some* teachers about children and other parents. This is something that needs be controlled and some sort of professional code of conduct established and enforced...I can't even believe I have to say this! There are some good things about the school. Probably its best assets are the very few excellent teachers if you're lucky enough to get them (hint: be room parent or suck up to the current year's teacher and you will get the best teacher next year - you will see the same children year after year together in that grade's best teacher's class). The other good thing about the school is its parent volunteers/involvement. I think there are much better schools in Orange to go to, but this one may not be the worst either. Best of luck and don't get stuck here just because its a lottery school.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2013
We tried for a few years to get my daughter into this school. We were so excited last year when she finally got in. We chose to send her here over G.A.T.E. at another OUSD school. Boy are we disappointed. The teachers have the parents do all the work. The teachers also complain to parents about students and other parents all the time. I can't believe the stuff I have heard. I have worked for another school district for 15 years and I can't believe the stuff that happens at this school. We will be moving my daughter after this school year. Take your chances at a school with lower test scores. It's worth it.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
This school is not one I would recommend, unless...all you care about is what the school's score is. The work is extremely repetitive and boring if you have a bright child. The teachers are actually the problem with regard to how the kids are treated, they do not care about the kids and the playground teachers are constantly annoyed. They don't watch what is going on on the playground and calls the kids names (how is that acceptable?). There is a specific second grade teacher that is extremely abusive, even the principal would not put her child in this teacher's class (hummm, interesting?). The technology that is advanced is only what the teachers use but the school claims the students benefit (I agree, but barely). How about putting that money towards programs for the kids, that is what the "magnet" is for? instead of buying the teachers more electronics. Sad, sad situation for a school with so much potential. I agree with another post. This school needs a new principal that CARES!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2013
We love it here at McPherson! We have two children at the school - one in 3rd grade and one in Kindergarten. The administration and teachers at the school are very progressive, very interested in learning new techniques to improve the school and very forward thinking about technology and implementing new programs.The parent participation here is phenomenal as well. It's a special school!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2013
This is a great school that motivates and challenges students. My kid loves going to school everyday. Their math program is great! My kid loves it. Every week, 5th/6th graders work with Kindergarteners. That minimizes bullying. Students from different levels interact with each other frequently. Parent involvement is good! The teachers are very mindful of the students welfare, too. They are conscious of the students health problems, if there's any, like food allergies, which my kid and several kids have. Some parents complain of too much homework. I don't think there's too much. It is for the benefit of the student anyway. Homework trains the student to be disciplined, to be diligent. It trains them academically. If you and your child want a laid back life, then McPherson isn't for you.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
Several of the points touched on in other reviews are what caused us to pull our 4th grader out mid-year. First, teachers can be bullies, too, and when three different adults are telling the administration the same thing and nothing is done, that is a problem (2nd grade). Second, sometimes a kid needs a little more. Our daughter is terrified of bees, and when the school was invaded, all I needed was for her to be able to eat lunch inside until the problem was solved. The school did not accomodate us, even though they promised me three times they would. I later discovered my daughter was eating her lunch in the bathroom because the office kept sending her away. Currently, our child is at a non-magnet public school in OUSD and is doing fantastic. The school does not use technology much, but they were further ahead in the curriculum when we came in mid-year and somehow our daughter is learning more, and more quickly. I think her peace of mind in an environment where she feels secure and cared for has really made the difference. McPherson is fine if everything is going smoothly, but have a teacher go haywire or a kid need some extra attention and the administration fails.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2012
Have been a Meteor Parent for 9 years. McPherson is a great environment that offers lots of personal attention and coaching for your kids. The faculty is excellent and constantly strive to integrate challenging programs in their curriculum to enhance the student's academic growth. It is an open enrollment school and has the lottery system with a long waiting list. However, its worth the effort to check every year to see if you can get your student in. - Regina Singh

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2012
I am in 6th grade now and I went to Mcpherson from K- half of 5th. The first 5 years i went to this school it was great. THEN in 5th grade when my one friend stopped being my friend I had nobody else to hangout with. All the teachers were great except my 5th grade teacher because she had favorites and she didnt wanna do anything to help me. As far as the kids, they are very mean and everyone would walk away from me and made fun of me because i was autistic. So in the middle of 5th grade I was done. I left and i know about 4 other families that left so I would so DO NOT send your kid here

- submitted by a community member
March 01, 2012
The technology that McPherson touts is very archaic. I suspect that's a money issue more than anything. However, they don't offer any offer more programs that an average school at Orange Unified. Very strange that it's the magnet school when other schools at Orange Unified have been rated better.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2012
This sused to be a great school. Now the teachers do nothing in class and send all work home to be done. Then if it is not homework it is some mindless project that is just busy work to make it look like the school is dong something. Making costumes of ancient people? How about learning about ancient people? Very disappointing.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2011
I have four children at this school, from Kindergarden to sixth grade. I LOVE IT! Children are introduced to computers at the Kindergarden level.They recieve alot of homework, even at this age. The school has recently gone to full-day kindergarden. For uppergraders,teachers communicate with parents about home work assignments and student progress hrough BLACKBOARD.Both 4th and 6th graders receive Blog homework assignments. Sixth graders are expected to wear labcoats to science class, and have uniforms for PE (3X week). I also appreciate the Anti-Bulling campaign. It provides a positive, supportive environment, especially for middle school kids. This school, although publicly funded, has the feel of a private school. I feel fortunate to have my children there.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2011
Overall it's a school that challenges and motivates students to do their best. The junior high laptop program is excellent but costly, and most of the teachers genuinely care about the student's education. We have very talented teachers, but like any school, there are a few that should not be there. The older students work well with the younger students in the "big buddy" program for 3rd, 6th and 8th grades. Junior high students are well insulated from the problems they might face at a typical junior high (drugs, smoking etc.). If your child is academically gifted, he or she will thrive at this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2011
I completely disagree!!! My child still gets computer time 2 days per week. Computer problems?!?!?! My child has no problems taking readong counts test and as for JiJi we have had no issues. I am wondering if this is an isolated issue and you are taking it out on the school?

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
We have two children attending now and the budget cuts have really affected the quality of education they are receiving. Combination classes have been eliminated. Computer time has been mostly unavailable as the school waits for their allotment time of the district network administrator to fix reading counts and jiji programs. The strain of teaching 30 students at all different reading and math levels is evident in the 'reach for the mediocrity' school curiculum.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2010
I have been at McPherson for a couple years and it is awesome. It is my last year, and even though it is hard, the teachers are very helpful and kind. McPherson is the best!

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October 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2009
We've had two children who have attended McPherson and overall it is a pleasant environment with mostly excellent teachers. However, the original parents who helped to build the 'magnet' aspect of the school have all moved on and parent involvement is no longer as good as it used to be. Administration does not actively work to get parents to put in the 10 hours supposedly required. Class size increases and budget cuts have undercut the math-science-technology aspects. As word has spread and class size has increased, it seems that many parents are motivated by white flight from other heavily Hispanic schools nearby. The school needs to re-engage in its core mission.

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February 04, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 20, 2008
Great Acedemics, sometimes overload on them. Great parent involvement, great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2008
I attended McPherson when it first opened as an elementary school. It was the best experience I have ever had. The teachers are so dedicated and involved with the students. I am now going to be a senior in high school and I look back at McPherson as the place of my fondest memories.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 25, 2008
I have 4 kids at McPherson and never been to any other. My oldest is now going to be in 12th grade and has no problems or trouble with time mangement or being able to do her homework on her own. My second thinks High School is alot easier because of what she learned at McPherson. I still have two children there and I would not change it for anything. The staff and teachers are always there to be polite or dicpline when needed. One of the things I like best about McPhreson is they know my childs name and they know everyone who ever was able to be there. I think McPherson is a hard school and has alot of parent envolement but, from my experince since 1997 it is all worth it.

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April 01, 2008
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February 06, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 09, 2007
A safe and pleasant public school. Of its three specialties - math, science and technology - McPherson does technology best, with science on par with other OUSD schools. Some very dedicated and talented teachers from sixth grade up. Elementary-grade teachers same caliber as other schools, no stand-outs. Good schedule of field trips for all grades.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2007
Great School. Lots of hands on work and lot of technology based learning. Great teachers to love to work with the students and a very good campus. McPherson is moving to bigger and better things with their newly instated laptop classes and a new 6th grade math class. This school is really a fun and great place to learn.

- submitted by a former student
September 24, 2007
If every school was this dedicated as McPherson what a wonderful world we would be in! I am a new 4th grade family and my child has one of the best teachers hands down I have ever had the pleasure to know! The PTSA is very welcoming and has many great programs for families to enjoy.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2007
this school is a great place for children to work together and get along!

- submitted by a student
May 30, 2007
I have two children attending McPherson. My son is excelling due to his wonderfully attentive teacher. My daughter, on the other hand, is struggling quite a bit due to lack of teacher organization and class control. I have learned it's not necessarily which elite school your child attends (my children attended private for four years)that has the best curriculum, but it's who your student gets as his/her teacher.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2007
We love the school and the teachers my boys have had are incredible, caring and passionate about teaching.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
Great School. Difficult to get in but once you do you will appreciate.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2006
I have 2 children attending McPherson and they love going to this school. There is so much 'hands on' teaching and the kids love the math, science, technology aspects. There is a cost factor that you need to consider when attending this school. My son is in 7th grade and is in the lap top program. We purchased a lap top, he went to Astro Camp and attended a number of other field trips which all cost approx $1200 (this includes the lap top and insurance). My daughter is in 5th grade and will be going to outdoor ed next year. It is approx. $400....so be sure you are aware of these extras. It is well worth it! I am very pleased with this school.

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March 31, 2006
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- submitted by a student
December 16, 2005
McPherson is a fantastic educational experience that focuses on inquiry-based hands-on learning and success for all students. As a Math, Science, and Technology Magnet, McPherson teachers have the highest expectations for all students and collaborate together to provide an incredibly rich integrated curriculum that is engaging, standards-based, and filled with real-world applications. The entire McPherson community works together to support every K-8 student on campus - in both the academic and social arenas. There is a close personal bond between parents, students, and staff that makes this a true family of life-long learners.

- submitted by a teacher
June 11, 2005
Math, Science, and Technology are the emphasis at this Magnet School that has been open since 1997. Parent Involvement is awesome! McPherson is on the cutting edge of technology, with laptop computers required for some classes in middle school. Science projects are required. Integrating writing into the curriculum is an important focus throughout all grade levels, Kindergarten through Eighth. The Art Masters program, Instrumental Music, Drama classes and productions, and an Interschool Sports program are offered. Advanced Math students may attend classes at the nearby high school. The only thing lacking is foreign language. Otherwise, McPherson is a great school. Best bet is to register early in January and hope you get lucky in the Lottery.

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May 02, 2005
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March 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2005
McPherson has such a great curriculum. The children are constantly being challenged with new and exciting projects that far exceed anything I would have dreamed of when I was in school.

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January 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2004
This is just another under-performing school in the Orange District. District budgetary limitations have caused this school to become more ordinary than originally intended, and as a result the huge crowds that used to line up for the new student enrollment process have dwindled greatly over the years.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
I am so happy I was able to get my two children into this school. I have an 8th grader (2004/2005) and a 1st grader (2004/2005). When the school first opened up in 1997 we had to camp out to try to get our 1st child in. Our 8 year experience with this school has been wonderful. The parent involvement has always helped to make this school incredible. The teachers and staff are awesome. The fact that it is a smaller school that has a lot of parent envolvement has proven to keep my now junior high school age child more focused on school and less focused on social issues. The lack of air conditioning, though has always been a concern for me. Thankfully most of the rooms now have single unit air conditioners and the entire school will be getting a/c in the very near future.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
This school is great! The staff is wonderful to work with and they are really in tune to my childs needs. As well, the after school care on-site is fabulous. The drawback is the lack of A/C in this 100+ heat, children cannot function at top level to learn! Also the age of the facilities, upgrades are desperately needed!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2004
This school is classified as a 'magnet' school. It attracts the children from schools that have lower ratings in the city. It is over-rated and my local school in the neighborhood has just as good test scores. It is ok and I would seriously investigate my home school before I would go here. The uniform policy is lax.

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McPherson Magnet School
333 South Prospect Street, Orange, CA  92869
(714) 997-6384
Last modified McPherson Magnet School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
McPherson Magnet School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top