I currently have a 2nd grader at McKinley, and a 7th grader at Roosevelt(a graduate from McKinley). I can't possibly say enough great things about this school. The principal, has a great relationship with the parents & students. I attended my first PTA meeting last week, & felt very welcome by all. I love this school & so do my girls! Thank You McKinley & 6 to 6 as well! You rock!
This is a jewel of an urban neighborhood school. The teacher and parent involvement is superb, teachers are friendly and involved in the life of the school outside the classroom. I pulled my children out of a private school because they weren't learning and I have been so satisfied with the attention given them at McKinley. Mrs. Ashton-Gray, the principal, cares about so much more than just test scores, she is present at every evening meeting, works weekends, late nights and early mornings. She is an integral part of the community around the school. Working with the PTA and thre school's foundation, McKinley has been able to add a music program, a Spanish language program and the physical education program is excellent.
We are looking forward to this coming year as we'll have both sons attending McKinley. My oldest who will be in 1st grade enjoyed his kindergarten year and his teacher Ms. Appleby was a great influence on all her students. He went from not been able to read to read by the end of the year. McKinley teachers do care for their students and I highly recommend this school. I know with teacher/parent participation, we can make this school better than before.
My son has had an average education there at this school. I do not get too involved because of work, but from what I see it looks like the principal doesn't care about anything else but test scores. Overall the school is ok, some of the teachers at the school seem ready to punch out. Unless leadership changes, this school is going anywhere special.
My child is in the special education program and I feel the focus on task completion has really helped my child progress. The teachers have been very willing to communicate with me about his progress and to set new goals as they arise- not just at parent-teacher conference time. My son has recieved a fair to average amount of individualized attention. Overall, I am happy with the school.
The leadership from the Principal down is excellent. Ms. Ashton-Gray is very involved in the students activities, both during and after school. Our daughter's teacher, Ms. Pickett, offers a well-structured program. The 'intangibles' of McKinley that make it a pleasing experience for my child are the emphasis on physical activities with the 'Run for Your Life' program before class begins, the parent involvement in the school and the general attitude of everyone at McKinley looking out for one another.
My son was at this schools and he had a lousy teacher who could barely contraol the class. The staff is stretched thin with budget cuts and have no patience or tolerance for students who may need a little bit of ectra help and attention.
Great principal, good facilities. my daughter had a good experience in kindergarten here
I was unsure about McKinley at first, being an 'inner city' school, but it has exceeded my expectations. The campus is large and the classrooms well equipped, and most importantly, I have confidence in the teachers. The phys ed teacher was San Diego's Teacher of the Year and so physical education and nutrition play a big part at McKinley. The average looking API scores reflect the number of English-learners at the school, not the quality of education.
My child went to Mckinley for two years and she really loved it. She went from an average student to Outstanding Achievement the 1st year and to Honor Roll the second. The teachers really care about their students.
McKinley is an excellent school filled with smart students and hard working teachers and staff! We love it...come check us out!
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