I'm writing this review out of a severe concern. I am a friend of a single mom with one child who attends this school. The child is in her third year. She seems very bright and has a wonderful disposition. However... Recently, I had a conversation with this child and it turned out that she was virtually clueless about any kind of history. This poor girl had barely heard of George Washington. She knew absolutely NOTHING about how America was created via the revolution. She knew NOTHING about the Civil War nor could barely tell me who Abraham Lincoln was. On top of this, she had never heard of the Roman empire. Not a clue... Seriously? I learned about this stuff when I was in fifth grade. (Catholic School.) Sadly, the mother doesn't speak English very well as it is not her first language. Therefore she has difficulty in checking up on this child's homework and tests in general. However, this should NEVER be a reason for any child in being this clueless about the world. I cannot imagine that in one year, this child will be applying for college. Where are the standards and who is accountable?
McKinley is in my opinion one of the best public school in the state of Hawaii. It has a few problems, like any other school but it also has a long list of pro to combat the con. Cons: -Many of the students are ESL and the teacher have to slow down in order to help them, which is awesome, but these same students tend to disobey and refuse to do their work and the language issue is hard for teachers and parents to contact each other. -A LOT of the teachers are under qualified and some are just stuck in the wrong position. -They have no really dress code. -Large class size Pros: -They focus on Academics, if you can't make grade you can't play your sport. -Great Robotics team and notable clubs/class (National Honor Society, AVID, AP, ETC.) -Friendly/helpful teachers and staff. -A wide variety of electives. -A great SPED program. -Plenty of financial aid help, which may be strange for a public school but they give out free bus passes and free/reduced lunch for those who qualify. -Great student body, the students though they have their issues with each other will have each others backs when they need it. -Central location
The school is beautiful and stunning. I had two girls who went to this school, one who graduated a couple of years ago and one who is close to graduating and from my experiences with my daughters, they love the school, the students, the atmosphere. The only downfall is that McKinley does have under-qualified teachers, however, I believe the school makes up for it in their strong robotics, band, and AP programs. Your child can really benefit from this school if they keep themselves well-rounded. I also approve of how strict the school is in maintaining their presence in public. McKinley rarely, if ever, gets into trouble for alcohol, violence, or drugs, at public outings, such as proms and sporting events.
This school does not prepare it's students for college. Most of the teachers in the core subjects have no knowledge of their course. As a student I feel that if the teachers who are no quality teachers are fired than McKinley would have only one or two teachers left to teach.
McKinley is a good school. I've been attending this school for about 4 years now and it's a great school. There are things that make this school different but the education is good. We all learn, it's just if you fail it's not the teachers fault it's your own. The staff here are great and there like your own family! c/o 2010
It's an okay school to go to. The faculty is also very helpfull. School could use better maintainance in the restrooms. Other than that education is good with many ap honors classes and so forth. Once a Tiger, always a Tiger!