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McKinley School

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Posted December 2, 2013

This school takes such a beating because of its diversity. I live in Fairfield, CT, and this is a town with hidden racism. So, this school is consistently targeted. Our children currently attend McKinley, and it is probably one of the most well structured, organized, and supportive environments you'd ever want your children to experience. The people in the actual town however, extremely snobby, ill mannered, and basically just not very nice people. So, you have to weed yourself through the mire of racism that is an underlying quality of Fairfield, CT in general. Outside of that, the teachers are fantastic! No matter what any one may write here, I have never had any issue with the teachers, principle, or overall structure of McKinley's curriculum. The state I have issues with regarding the curriculum, but not McKinley. Honestly, I can not rave enough about the quality of this school. It's just too bad that it's located in such a spiteful and stubborn place like Fairfield. Or, I should correct myself, thank God it IS located in Fairfield, or else my lovely children would have to endure the racism from the towns narrow-minded offspring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2013

My 3 children currently go to this school and our family loves it. The teachers are incredibly involved in the classroom, but also in extracurricular activities. They will often attend or volunteer for PTA events, or attend their students' sporting events and dance recitals. The music & drama programs are incredible and the art program is part of the American Mural Project. The students' artwork is displayed on every inch of wall space. The PTA hosts math nights, read ins, author visits, cultural entertainers, and even subsidizes field trips. The best part of the school is its diversity. The students are from more than 30 countries, and the students focus more on similarities than differences. The parents are also very involved. It's a very special place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

My school is a great place to be. My children have all had great experiences at McKinley. The PTA is very involved, adding enrichment programs for the children. It's like being part of a large extended family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2013

Some of the teachers at Mckinley are very rude they do not pay attention to my child they do not treat my child the same as the other students my daughters teacher now told me that my daughter ask too many questions my daughter has complained about bullying I had brought it up to the teacher and principal and they did nothing about it the teacher even said my daughter is a liar and she does not believe her about anything I am so upset this school is sad my child does not like her teacher the teacher singles her out everyday she even told my child she is not allowed to use the bathroom nor go to the nurses office anymore this school makes me sick they need better teachers and a principal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2013

McKinley is a school that is not only like a second family to those who are part of it, but boasts top-notch educators who challenge the children to think out of the proverbial box and use their creative thought processes. This school excels in academics on many levels and has teachers who go above and beyond for its students. I am proud to be a McKinley parent and that my children are learning from people who teach them to be book smart and how to apply their learnings to every day life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2013

McKinley Elementary School is the best kept secret in town. Realtors tend to steer prospective buyers away from the district based on hearsay, demographics, and lower test scores. There's more to McKinley than the numbers show. It was recently re-built and is one of the few air conditioned school buildings in town. The PTA is active and welcomes anyone wanting to help make the school an even better place. Parents who opt-in from other schools are always impressed with the PTA funds support cultural arts programs, subsidize field trips, and provide teacher grants for classrooms. The real wealth of the school is its diversity. Our kids don't describe other children by the color of their skin or their ethnicity- they are all just kids. The families at McKinley include new immigrants from all over the world, giving kids a global perspective. The main hallway, know as 'Broadway', has flags from 40+ countries displayed in a reflection of the origins of the student population. However, test scores are impacted due to many English language learners. Every student MUST take the test, regardless of whether they understand the questions or not and the scores count toward the average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2012

I am thrilled to send my kids to this school. I love the diversity, the strong PTA, their involved principal, and the wonderful teachers my 2 children have had there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2011

We wanted to send our daughter to this school bc my husband went there. She loves it but they have three or four recesses a day, watch nick jr shows everyday and have ants in the closet were they keep the rest mats. Other then that the teachers are delightful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2010

I am also a proud parent of a child at Mckinley, we are moving this month out of district, and are hoping that the board of Ed will grant us the option to stay at Mckinley. We would be devastated to leave this great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2010

I am a parent of a child in McKinley School. I can not be more thrilled with the school, and especially it's teachers and students. I absolutely love the diversity! The only thing I wish they would do, is stop this issue with saying that McKinley School is out of balance because it has more minorities than any other school. What's the problem? There are other schools in Fairfield that are all white, but you don't here anything about their being an imbalance there. Unfortunately there is a certain level of racism that comes with Fairfield. The Caucasian people of Fairfield simply can not be trusted. Especially those that live on the beach side of Fairfield. I hesitate saying that as I don't want to come off as being narrow-minded. But facts are facts. And the people that live on the beach side, make no illusions about their feelings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2010

McKinley School is Fairfield's best kept secret. This school not only has the best brand new building, but the best resources, teachers, principal, and staff. I'm very impressed with everything. After seeing some of the other schools, I am blessed to have my children attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

We are blessed to be part of Mckinley school,its the best family in town.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2009

It has the best parent volunteers!


Posted October 30, 2009

We like McKinley because the staff always puts in that extra effort to help their students. We agree, it isn't just a school but a big family. We feel very lucky to be here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

Why do you love McKinley School? It is a great community, loving, dedicated and friendly enviroment. Can't be better!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

The quality and caliber of the teachers and administrators, specifically, their compassion and commitment to providing the most nurturing learning environment. McKinley is a strong example to other schools of how important it is to nurture a child's spirit and provide a wide variety of opportunities for growth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Good Principal...nice location...hi tech equipment...and Diversity!Diversity!Diversity!...we are family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2009

I am writing this only because I am contemplating a move & see very few reviews of the areas I am looking at. So I thought it would be good for other parents who are looking into sending their children to McKinley if I wrote a review. My son attended McKinley since the new school opened, and just recently graduated. I am very extremely happy with most everything at McK. 1 - Staff is approachable & available (phone/email) - Head Administration available 2 - Wealth of after school programs - paid after school day care (Kids Place), or weekly programs-including Reading Club, Drama Club, Homework Club, Cross Country, and Mentoring, which is sponsored by Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, 3-Tremendous PTA, with super parent involvement 4-Vast cultural diversity 5-Tremendous cultural arts opportunities because Principal goes out and finds ways for the children to participate in great programs (i.e., Ballet, Plays, Musical Performances, etc). A great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

Hello. I personally wrote to and spoke with our daughter's teacher in the beginning of the school year regarding the amount and type of homework she gets on a daily basis. Since then, there is no doubt our daughter is happily challenged and given opportunities to flourish. We are also very involved parents, which we believe makes all the difference. Our daughter was recently honored with the McKinley Outstanding Citizenship Award in her 2nd grade class - one of five recipients in her grade, and we couldn't be more proud!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2008

Regarding the April 9, 2008 post, all the Faifield elementary schools read, read, read. Many students do not bring home homework, as teachers give time in class to complete the 'class' work that was not finished. In addition, there is the Board of Education's 'lets not overwork our children and cause tears' syndrome. Most teachers show parents the child's work only at conferences unless there is some concern. At this point teachers DO contact the parents. However, parents must be active too! This is an incredible school and is not below any other school in town! By-the-way, elementary grades are VERY subjective. It all changes once they are out. Thanks.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
82%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2012.

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2012.

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
77%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2012.

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2012.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2012.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
96%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students69%
Female77%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%

Reading

All Students41%
Female50%
Male34%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English53%

Writing

All Students64%
Female87%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students67%
Female75%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%

Reading

All Students68%
Female78%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%

Writing

All Students58%
Female72%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students56%
Female61%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%

Reading

All Students61%
Female70%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%

Science

All Students54%
Female51%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%

Writing

All Students62%
Female77%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 57% 62%
Hispanic 21% 19%
Asian 12% 4%
Two or more races 5% 1%
Black 4% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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60 Thompson St
Fairfield, CT 06824
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