McKinley is a happy, little neighborhood school. We can walk our boys to school, and we always enjoy the interaction with other families. There is an active PTC that raises money, lobbies, works with the kids and teachers, and it really has a strong impact on the school. The teachers are strong educators and caring. We have 2 children at McKinley, and they both enjoy their experience and are gaining much from it. I like the focus on teaching the 'whole child' with the International Baccalaureate Program, and it's great when the kids come home and tell me about the world. They are learning more than math and reading - and they are gaining a consciousness about the world around them, and what they can do to help.
Because it is a wonderful safe place with caring teachers and staff!
The teachers are great. I love the relationship i have with my son's teach Mrs. Sonia. She is very thorough and helpful with all my questions or concerns.
McKinley has spectacular teachers and staff who produce spectacular students!
My son just started in kindergarten and I am already impressed by the quality of the school program and the teachers as well as the parent involvement and the Principle. My son is very happy and loves to go to school. Although I work full time I look forward to any volunteer opportunies that I can be a part of whenever possible. I considered serveral other schools but I am so happy with my decision to send him to McKinley. I looked for a school with a diverse population, a Principle that was very involved with the school and students(not just someone standing at a distance supervising) a pleasant comfortable environment--a school I knew my son would be happy--this turned out to be the perfect choice. I am even more impressed with the work of the PTC (Parent/Teacher Club)--it is fantastic.
Wonderful teachers, great parents, diverse student population - a gem that reflects all the great things about the neighborhood we live in.
great volunteer generated art and music programs. Excellent principle. School is now attracting neighbhorhood kids who are in greater numbers opting for public school over private school.
This is a school where ''everyone really does know your name.' It's a city school where parents and faculty embrace diversity and try to emphasize values as much as test scores. It's a school that is constantly working to excel and where folks really care about each other. Faculty has been there a long time and most live in the area. It has incredibly strong parental involvement and parents and the community have worked together to raise funds to hire both a music and an arts teacher and have worked hard to advocate for minimal funding cuts at our school. At a time when a lot of potential families are going to private or charter schools or even home schooling their children, many families in our community are ''coming home' to McKinley.
Both my children attended McKinley K-5, and I will truly miss the parents and staff now that they've both moved on to middle school. The staff and PTA rival any '10' rated school, and the tests scores rose every year my kids were there. Don't even think about choicing your kids to a different area...McKinley is the best you'll find anywhere in San Diego.
McKinley is a welcoming, active, exciting place for our two children, kindergarten and 4th grade. Our fourth grader has been here since kindergarten, and has talented, dedicated, high-quality teachers at every grade. The student body is fairly ethnically and socio-economically diverse. There is a group of highly involved, highly dedicated parents who make sure there are lots of worthwhile extracurricular activities as well as monies to support the curriculum.
McKinley is GREAT! My daughter was accepted to a very popular charter school but we decided to go with McKinley. She has learned a lot and I appreciate how the teachers tailor lessons and homework to individual needs. The sense of community is fantastic. More and more students from the neighborhood are enrolling and the choice list is growing!
We looked at several schools for our daughter, and were even accepted into two '10' schools before deciding to attend McKinley. Even though McKinley rates a 6/7 to us it's a top 10! Community and commitment mean lot to us and at McKinley we have found both of these values. Teachers, staff, volunteers and students are fantastic. We highly recommend McKinley!
I'm in my second year as a McKinley parent and have been fortunate enough for my child to have Ms. Appleby for two years running (she swtiched from K to 1st as we did). We are so pleased with the education our daughter is getting. At six she's singing a song naming all the continents, learning science, math and ceramics and her reading skills just jumped by leaps and bounds. She is very happy and we are enjoying meeting so many neighbors. Check out Ms. Appleby's website to get a feel for the school and what the kids are doing: ms-appleby.com.
My daughter just started in Kindergarten this year and so far we love McKinley! The Parent Teacher Foundation is very active with lots of events / fund-raisers planned for the coming year. My daughter is learning to spell and read and write at an amazing rate. The teachers are always welcoming and invite active parent partnership in the education process. Great school!
I moved to North Park in the Fall of 2001. As a retired language arts teacher, I wanted to volunteer at McKinley. Good thing for me, both the volunteer coordinator and the principal accepted my request and hooked me up with a 'position'. That was 6 years ago and since that time I have had the opportunity to see first hand what happens at this neighborhood school. I see a high expectation academic approach through out the school, which I support as it was my experience as a teacher that students will rise to meet those expectations if mandated. I see an emphasis on respectful behavior/both in the classroom and on the playground. In the lounge I see a comfortable comraderie which plays out in the support teachers have for each other. That is important! Starting in kindergarten, schedule is posted and reviewed. The beginnings of time management? Pat Taylor
McKinley continues to evolve as a great elementary school. Last year, a teacher took the initiative to negotiate with a local theater to stage the annual variety show. One June 6, 2007, the theater was packed with lots of families and friends cheering on dozens of McKinley students performing on stage. What other school does that? I have 1 daughter who graduated (and is now at Roosevelt) while another is in 4th grade. The teachers and staff are great. Thanks also goes to the PTA. -Shirley Chin
McKinley is a fabulous neighborhood school. My son is so happy here, and there is a very involved PTA. The principal is fabulous and is a strong presence at every school event. There are many fun activities throughout the year including a jog-a-thon, a carnival, a Cinco de Mayo celebration, music concerts and variety shows. I have been impressed with the availability music, PE, and the amount of art children do within their academic areas. The academics are fantastic, my son has come so far this year, and the teachers are dedicated and qualified. It says something that many of them have been there for more than a decade. As an educator and a parent, I highly recommend McKinley.
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