McKinely is gem in the rough, it's teachers are invested so much they have their own kids at this school. My son has THRIVED at the school despite my initial trepidation because of the run down exterior (note, they are currently going to a major upgrade and the school is going to be beautiful!). My son, with the help of his teachers and us at home has surpassed all expectations of his grade level. What is a shame is that Pasadena's resources (I mean major tax revenue), the school does not receive much in funding. With that said, the PTA does an excellent job in keeping programs alive at McKinley: Arts, Science, Phsical Education - they are to be commended for their hard work. Also, parent involvement is evident at every event and that has a great impact on the childrens school pride. I would recommend McKinely to anyone looking for a school that lives in the Old Town/Business District part of Pasadena. In addition to the school, the Y offers a fantastic before/after school program I would strongly recommend to anyone in need of care. GO TIGERS!
My son is in transitional kindergarten at McKinley. We have been very impressed with his teacher and with the school so far. My son's class is very diverse, both ethnically and socioeconomically. They've taken some really great field trips (Huntington Gardens; Vroman's Bookstore). They place a lot of emphasis on making healthy choices (no candy allowed at school for the kindergartners). All of the other parents with whom I've spoken are also very impressed with the school and the teachers, but unfortunately, because of the poor reputation of Pasadena public schools, all of those parents are planning to either (1) switch to private school; (2) open enroll to other schools with higher ratings; or (3) move to South Pasadena. This is part of the problem with Pasadena public schools. If you like the school and are impressed with the teachers, keep your child there! The school needs the funding, for one thing. The ratings and reviews will never get better if people keep pulling their kids out based on an outdated reputation, and the cycle will just continue. And the private schools will just keep getting richer and richer . . .
We have been there last year, the food at school is nasty. My kids had been happy with school lunch before we move here but then we have to cook for them. Few day ago I see it look better, maybe the new principle come so he made a new development, I hope so. Will see if new principle can make progress.
I have never in my previous years attending school as a student and at my daughter's previous school, observed sooo many PARENTS present and accompanying their kids to and school every day!!! The PARENT participation at McKinley is off the charts and it makes such a difference for the kids, their learning and their teachers. I have volunteered with so many awesome hard -working parents who give their time and sweat endlessly without complaint for the love of the children....MY CHILD HAS SOARED WITHIN THIS ENVIRONMENT!!!! Thank you McKinley Parents!!
Best of pasadena, Teachers are the best ...not just as teachers but also as perentas friends... Also they love to stay in touch with parents...Through out...phone calls ...Through out E-mails...Through out...School letters...and notes...they involve parents in all possible School activities...etc...They help the kids that are...behind in grades...to improve them...in all ways possible...they invite parents to School meetings...They have a new principal...he is very nice...with everybody...( Dr. Albert ). They are very Charismatic...Having my kids go to Mckinley it is been a great experience...and it it is for my kids...the best years of they lives. and I have three of my kids there...ages ( 6, 9, and 11 )...1st Grader / 4th Grader and 7th Grader...Thank you ..very much.
McKinley is an amazing place to learn...yes we are in the middle of construction...yes it is very large...and yes you can find a million other problems with it and any other school if that is what you want to focus on. The teachers are the best teachers I have met and I was a teacher. They truly care about the students and their academic achievement and they are invested in the success of the school. Art lines the walls and dramatic plays are always in production, something that is too quickly slipping from our curriculums. When the renovations are complete, McKinley will truly hit the next level in their success story and I will be even more thrilled to tell the world that YES...YOU CAN SEND YOUR CHILD TO PUBLIC SCHOOL IN PASADENA and YES...MCKINLEY IS THE BEST CHOICE!
McKinley is rocking my previously private schooled kid's world. Great neighborhood feel. The teachers are amazing. The renovations on the inside are incredible and the outside 30 Million dollar project is coming along. The parents are incredible and if you're looking for warmth with strong academics, this is the place.
McKinley Elementary is a fantastic school! My children have been attending for four years. It is not our home school so I have to drive 25 minutes to get my kids to school each day. I have to say I wouldn't have it any other way. Great teachers, great programing. They have a new Art Teacher named Seda Sevada who's introduced my son to art and he has found himself a haven because of her. I don't know how to find her to thank her but if Ms. Sevada sees these posts I would like to thank you for all you've done for our students. And thank you to McKinley for supporting these great teachers.
Having moved to Pasadena from out of state, I was ill-prepared for the number of schools from which to choose for our incoming kindergartner. I was introduced to McKinley School by chance, one of the kindergarten classes was on a field trip at our Local Book Store, and I was pleased to find out that McKinley was our neighborhood school! I love the diversity McKinley offers, not just ethnically but socioeconomically, I love the arts emphasis and I love how the school really embraces parental involvement. As far as the previous poster's comment on the campus: yes, there are clothes strewn about and more trash than I'd like to see, and that's where parental input is needed! McKinley is a wonderful school, located smack-dab in thr middle of DT Pasadena, close to Lake Avenue, and it is just going to get better and better because of our fantastic parents.
My son has been attending McKinley for 5 years and loves it. Every year he forms a bond with his teacher and they've all seem to genuinely care about his learning. The only con is the front office staff, they are rude and unwelcoming. I've had to check-out my son early a few times and all I had to give was his name/teacher/grade; staff NEVER asked to see my ID, check if i was authorized to check him out or even asked for my name!!!! Again, this reflects the bad administrative staff they have in front office NOT the quality of teachers! PTA is very active raising money for school and ART/MUSIC program is great!
This my daughter's second year attending Mckinley and she absolutely loves this school and her teacher. It's a great school all around with a great principal. They also have great after school programs on the campus. The campus has a small family like atmosphere. Love the arts and extracurricular programs. One of the best public schools in Pasadena.
McKinley is a wonderful school!!! I transferred my children to McKinley from private schools and am pleasantly surprised at how well the change has gone. McKinley has higher academic standards and much better teachers than the private schools my children attended. The music and arts programs are fantastic. The school is safe and nuturing, while also exposing my children to a wide variety of extracurricular activities. The principal, Ms. Sarian, is the best principal I've ever met. I wasted thousands and thousands of dollars on private school tuition for inferior level educations for my children in recent years. I wish I had enrolled them in McKinley years ago. My children are now flourishing. I highly recommend McKinley for all families.
Strong parent community with many professional artists has helped make this one of the most sought-after schools in Pasadena. A new $30-million campus expansion is coming, too.
I am so impressed with the academic achievements of the McKinley students! The teachers go above and beyond for these kids. The arts are all over the school and the hallways are filled with self expressive art! I love how the school values art and it's reflective in the parents involvement as well. This is a REALLY great school.
My daughters (who are French) have attended McKinley school last year where they have lerarned English and made a lot of friends. The school teachers were very supportive and the parents very friendly.
The walls are alive with art and words, learning self-expressed from the children. A creative environment prevails which will serve the children well in decision making as adults. I am not a parent but a volunteer who lives in the neighborhood. I read to the 2nd graders once a week and love it!
i love this school because it full of art from art work to music , dance and you can see in the children hoe much they enjoy it their spirit are free
With continuously decreasing education budgets, McKinley still provides art and music education. There's great parental involvement, the staff and administration are great.
I like Mckinley because it has full of opportunities for the kids with art work and also strong relationship with the parent involvement.
The teachers and students alike have a genuine love and dedication to strengthening the arts in the schools and sharing that gift with the community. McKinley does a great job of making sure it stays connected and involved with the parents. Bravo!
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