Posted Wednesday, August 13, 2014
This is my 13th year as a McKean Highlander. I served this community as a teacher, coach, and administrator. This school is such a special place because of the amazing staff that creates a family-like environment. Students can find their niche aas they explore our many opportunities of extracurricular activities in a very inclusive and accepting environment. From our state of the art culinary program to our student-led part-day preschool program to our Cable TV and FM Radio station; our Career and Technical Education Programs are some of the top across the state. Not only do we offer eight career pathways, but we have around 20 Advanced Placement and College Dual Enrollment course offerings. Our Distance Learning Lab, allows students to take courses not offered at McKean and taught by quality instructors across the district. Not only to we offer opportunities for students to achieve great things; but also, we provide a great deal of interventions and supports for struggling students. Through programs like Best Buddies and Special Olympics, McKean has a culture in which peers support each other and embrace our differences. Come stop by and see for yourself, the great things that McKean can offer you.
McKean is a great school. Bullying is everywhere but in the past years McKean has really stepped up to the plate on doing there best to take care of every student. They have cleaned up their act and have built new improvements to make the children feel comfortable being there. They have more clubs and organizations than any school I've heard of. The teachers and staff made a huge difference in my high school career and if I could go around thanking every one of them I would. McKean is a grand school.
I cannot believe this school is rated 4 out of 5. It must be the bully students or their parents writing the reviews. My granddaughter (on her first day of high school there) have her lunch taken from her and things thrown at her in the cafeteria. She was called names and left in tears at lunch. WHERE WERE YOUR TEACHERS? WHERE WAS THE ON-DUTY POLICE OFFICER. You don't have to worry about my granddaughter we transferred her out of their - DAY 1. In speaking with others "within the feeder zone" they looked to private school rather than sending their kids here. I have 6 more grandchildren and you can bet they won't be going to McKean. You should be ashamed I had to give you a star to get this on-line - you get ZERO STARS!!!
This is the best decision i ever made for my child. she's going to keep going here until she graduates. I LOVE MCKEAN !
The schho has improved in recent years. Me a current sophmore believes that the Honors classes are challenging and the teachers make learning fun. The vilence in the school is a lot lower then the past years. With having a zero tolerence policy it helps make our school safer.
i dont not prefer that you let your children go to this school it is a very unsafe enviornment.
We have been very happy with this school. The honors curriculum is excellent and the ninth grade academy is just such a terrific program. I don't know why more schools don't do this. I agree with one other poster that there are some tough kids and kids who are not very interested in learning. But the school makes every effort to keep them under control and keep parents informed about discipline. The principal is very accessible and open to parent ideas and feedback. And the responsiveness of the teachers is just superb. Any question, concern, they are back to you ASAP.
Overall the school is above average. The honors classes are very challenging. High expectations and the students in honors are well behaved and there to learn. Compared to the one other school we have experience with, the kids in the AP classes here seem to be the kids who belong there. They don't just try to shove everyone into AP and honors. The college prepatory classes have discipline issues. Mainly kids being so noisy and disruptive your student can't concentrate. Part of attendance zone is from a tough area of the city and it shows. They seem committed to fixing discipline issues. Most of the teachers have been good to excellent. Very few bad apples.
As parents of a female, ninth grader, entering public school for the first time in her educational career, we are pleased with the overall situation and experience at McKean. Our daughter was able to make friends easily and to adjust to high school much easier than we anticipated. We feel that the Freshman Academy helped our daughter in her transition from a small, private, middle school to the more populated, public, school system. We are impressed by Ms. Gross' leadership as principal and willingness to involve the students in actively promoting academic improvements and personal achievements.
Excellent school overall. No violence or major problems. I felt safe there and Don Keister (princ.) and Don Odom (Vice princ)were on top of there students and faculty.
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