The school is good but some teachers loose the emotion to teach. They are focus on homeworks and if the students memorize and pass the test. There is not more fun activities or encourage kids to be creatives.
Just follow the rules. And pass the test
Discipline seems to be an issue in some grades more than others. Our children's teachers are very caring. There are lots of PTA nights that are fun, and the Parent Center is helpful. I love the new administrator. She seems really on top of things.
There are many teachers who are effective, then there are some who practice outdated teaching. I know because I was once a teacher and now stay at home mom, and our family participates in activities outside of school with families in other schools.
I will not rate this school as "bad" because I'm sure there are worse schools. We have been at this school for 2 years and have not had a good experience! I have a kindergartener and 4th grader. Communication is terrible! I have a son that has an IEP and communication (in my opinion) is key to his success. There is no communication between the teachers and parents unless the parent reaches out. My daughter (kindergarten) had learned so many cuss words and nothing gets done about it. I am so happy to be switching schools!
I have two children entering the 3rd & 1st. Mckendree elementary as far as public schools go is a great school. Both children have attended since kindergarten; I will say I was drastically more impressed with my sons kindergarten teacher than my daughters. Her name was Karen Vigiliotti & she came early to help get his reading above the required level. I was pleased to let the school do "looping" and have Mrs. Vigiliotti as a first grade teacher for my son as well. However,I was not as impressed with my daughters kindergarten teacher at all and it was an opinion shared by MANY of the parents. I wish I would have pulled her. I don't feel it's the teachers sole responsibility to teach OUR children; however when over 75% of the class ( I could tell from the charts in the room throughout the year) is BELOW reading level by year end, I do feel that is a reflection of the teacher. From this years meet and greet I am very optimistic about the 14-15 year. BTW my children attend on a permissive transfer, this is my 4rth year of having to drop them off (no busses for transfer) I choose to do this because of stability and it is an overall good school from the teachers and all staff.
I had good experiences with this school overall. Some things are just apart of the process and because I was involved, I was able to get a good hold on things before they got out of control. Both of my children did great. However, I was very involved. I hope the same for this year.
McKendree Elementary School is a great school teachers work hard with the kids and keep parents up to date on a daly bases. Base on they academics and behavior which I love. We have a close relationship with my child's teacher he's great with her and her other teachers. I will recommend anybody to this school