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Mary Mc Pherson Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 469 students

 
 

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Posted June 8, 2013

We have been so impressed with Mary McPherson. The teachers at this school are outstanding! My daughter learned so much this year and her teacher was extremely knowledgeable. The principal was also doing everything from wiping down lunch tables, to working with students in her office. We could not ask for a better school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

After fighting all year with bullying, we have found that some bullying was even being promoted by a teacher . Rather than deal with the situation, the prinicipal denies any possible problems, even after being confronted by more than one set of parents. We have been severly disappointed with the responses by the principal. If you have problems with administration at this school go directly to the couselor as she is the only one that seems to be able to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2013

Mary McPherson is an awesome school! I have two children that attend MME. My wife and I have been very pleased with the education they are receiving! The teachers are hard working, caring, and kind individuals that do their best to promote safe classroom communities. The principal is committed and dedicated to the students. Every encounter I've had with her has been positive and pleasant. I've witnessed the kindness of the students who genuinely care about each other. I've seen first hand a community that comes together to promote learning and create an environment that is creative, fun, and engaging for the students who attend MME!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2013

This school has a problem with bullying as previous reviews have stated. Attempts to address the issue are met with denial and smoke screens from the principal. After five years of poor experiences with this school, as well as ineffective anti-bullying policies, and obvious student favoring, I will be thrilled to have my child move on to middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

This school has problems with bullying. We have spoken with several parents who unfortunately had problems with bullying at this school and poor school response. We read this site's reviews and still, we were unwilling to believe it was true when we went down the same path ourselves. The administrations response was severly lacking. Other reviews stating that the school cares more about popularity than responsibility, seems to be true. This is unfortunate as we think the school has a preponderence of really good teachers. We think the school adminstration just doesn't back them up as there is very little consequence for the worst behaved children. One school administrator, off the record, indicated that the school does not have consistent consequences for students with bad behavior. It is our opinion that this leads to worse behavior and bullying problems. We took our issues to the school district and they investigated, admitted that the school was remiss in handling the situation, and documented the new procedures that would be put in place to force the administration to follow through. Hopefully things will get better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2009

I am going to comment on the review made by the March 28, 2008 posting because it completely dittos my sentiments in regards to the performance of this school. My experience with working with the 2007-2008 principal was very similar. The principal's character and method of operation was very difficult to work with because of her own lack of standards and accountability. I had the most disturbing communication from her and another administrator that put an inordinate amount of blame on a small child over their willingness to find fault or question their own supervision responsibilities. Her desire to make peace rather than to solve a genuine problem left the standard of the school very low. I found the children with the worst behavior received the largest pass. I was left with the very strong impression that her popularity was the most important part of her job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2009

Mary Mac as we call it is the best school in our district. The teachers have a great attitude and help in development of the children's sense of self as well as the academia.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

These 3 earlier reviews were posted based upon the previous principal. Our recent experience has been different. After 13 weeks of fighting the principal and the school district 'manager' we finally had our child moved to a different teacher following a very long and surprising experience with the teacher who was allowed to bully and belittle the children, and still enjoys being employed. The current principal is a nice lady (until you question her methods) yet is one who prefers to 'make peace' rather than to fix a problem. She initally attacks the parents and their parenting skills rather than to initiate an investigation into the situation at hand. She prefers to employ tactics based upon a 'middle school' mentality rather than to foster a caring and safe environment for the children. Most of the teachers are fantastic, but don't expect anything from the higher-ups if there is a problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2006

Our experience at Mary McPherson has been wonderful so far! I, too, would highly recommend this school to any and all parents considering a quality education for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2005

My children have excelled academically because of the great teachers and principal at this school. A wonderful experience for my family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2005

Mary McPherson was a great school for my son. The Principal as well as his teacher were very helpful and supportive. I would highly recommend this school to any parent.
—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 Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for Language Usage was 73% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 83% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 90% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 80% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students68%
Female69%
Male67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indiann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students94%
Female92%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indiann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female95%
Male96%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indiann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students88%
Female91%
Male85%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indiann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students91%
Female89%
Male93%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indiann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indiann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students86%
Female88%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students87%
Female88%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students93%
Female97%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 78%
Hispanic 9% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Black 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Meridian, ID 83642
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