McKinley Institute of Technology is a small family of wonderful teachers, an amazing office staff and kids that are happy to be there. I have been part of this family as a parent and volunteer, and I feel blessed that my kids have been and are part of this school. The teachers really care about the students, they want to help them succeed and be great. The office staff is always welcoming whether you have a question or simply want to wait for the bell to ring to take your child home. The principal and vice - principal are involved and motivating to the students and staff. The children themselves seem to be responsible and helpful when they see help needed. Everyone involved with McKinley Institute of Technology is there because they want the best for their kids and the community, and they believe that M.I.T is fulfilling that role for them.
Leadership is lacking. Put downs, teasing and rude behavior are accedpted as 'normal.' No community building activities. Events are not well attended and there is advertising and or push to bring about school spirit. AS sport activities are non-existent.
We are very happy with McKinley's AVID program. The Darrow's run a wonderful program and the kids visit several colleges. The AVID class includes college prep work and guest speakers. The electives include KMIT a video broadcast elective for 8 graders. The kids learn hands on by creating there own videos in 6th and 7th grade. There is also a wonderful web design elective. Music is taught twice a week and kids are pulled out of PE and electives. McKinley has their own gym, separate cafeteria and old time auditorium. The campus is shared with North Star and Newcomer Academy 3 - 8th grade. MIT and North Star stager start times. All three schools share the library which is open 8:00 to 4:00 p.m. daily. The is an active Parent's Club which raises money for field trips, teachers grants and assemblies. The Principal is very active and great to work with. We reccommend this school!
I believe the principal has done a great job of working well with the teachers and guiding the academic curriculum and student expectations in a school with a very culturally diverse population. Because this is school of choice, almost all parents, regardless of background, care deeply about their chilren's education and are as involved in their academics as they are able. As a parent who values parent participation and input, though, I feel limited as a parent, outside of fundraising, and I feel the students should have a little more opportunity for autonomy. Extra-curricular pportunities for students include Tech Challenge (w/Tech Museum), sports, AVID (college prep), Citizens Academy, drama.
McKinley Institute of Technology provides an environment that promotes an excellent education in a safe and nurturing environment. It's a smaller size allows teachers to individualize their program to the students' needs. I certainly recommend it for any student entering the middle grades.