McKinley is an incredibly strong school right in the heart of San Francisco. While our API score is impressive (899) what speaks even more to McKinley's strength as a place for all children to learn is the staff. Starting with the school principal and going right on down through each of the grade-level teachers to the other learning professionals there is a strong focus on literacy (we have a PTA-sponsored literacy specialist doing early grade-level interventions with students), respect for learning and community, and a desire to help every student to the best of his/her ability. There is a very diverse student body (the most equal mix of African-American, Latino, Asian, and European caucasian I have seen at any San Francisco school) and a well-run after-school program. The parent community is very strong and fundraising makes sure we have an excellent arts and science program. I could not be happier with this school for my kids and our family.
Leaning into the new school year, McKinley is poised to start another fall term with the long standing, traditional welcome cook out. This is one of many culturally positive, inclusive events that are designed to build, tighten and strengthen an already strong community by building ways for new families to weave into the strong fabric of an excellent school.
Feels like a private school. Small and efficient. My son is now in 1st grade and we have absolutely adored our teachers so far. It seems everyone is happy with their teachers. My son loves going to school. He says he wishes there were more school days and misses it on the weekends. We feel very lucky.
I love education and the idea of smart, prepared, interested kids..taking their place in the world..america is in bad shape..mind and body..
We have great, committed and kind teachers, joyful learning kids, and wonderful parent involvement. Good diversity and it's within walking distance!
I love the dedication the teachers/staff/parents have to Mckinley. They work together so well, I could have not found a better school for my son.
Excellent Principal, Strong and Proactive PTA, Small School, Tight Community, Diverse.
The parent involvement is great and keeps getting better each year. There is tremendous momentum from the community - computer labs, green gardening, field trips, onsite tutoring, classroom support, active PTA, after school enrichment and so much more.
The parent involvement at McKinley is second to none. As a new parent, I was so impressed at the level of parent involvement and organization of activities at McKinley. The fundraising is incredible and is a testament to the parent's interest and devotion to student learning. Given all the statewide budget cuts, McKinley remains a diamond in the ruff. I am proud to say my daughter attends McKinley and it is a direct result of the principal, the teachers, the staff, the parents and all of the wonderful children.
McKinley rocks! active parent community, devoted principal and great teachers
McKinley has been an excellent experience in so many ways. Strong teachers and a warm environment have taught my son to love going to school. Tight knit community has brought many friends into the lives of the whole family. And the AfterSchool program is exceptional - I am at work til after 5:30 but I know that my son is safe, happy and engaged with people who care about him. My other son will be starting at the school soon and can't wait!
Great school and a wonderful community of families, we are all very happy with this school - especially our son.
We couldn't be happier with McKinley for our two kids. The teachers are fantastic, the student body is diverse, the parent community is active and friendly, and, most important, our kids love it there.
I love McKinley Elementary School!!! Take a tour of the school, and you'll see why!
We have been more than pleased with McKinley from the first moment we entered the building. We left private school because our son was diagnosed with learning issues and the public school system offered so much more aid and support than the private school was willing or able to give. We were so fortunate that we were assigned to McKinley!! McKinley has given us more that we hoped. The teachers and support staff are engaged and proactive and we feel we have a team. Our son is happy here.
Sending your first child to school is stressful, you want to make the right decision and you agonize over it-you worry, will my child be safe? will he be happy? will the teachers engage and challenge him? Right away, we knew McKinley was for us-the community is caring, the teachers are supportive and the environment is nurturing. We couldn't ask for more!
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