There are a few teachers here still trying, but most have given up as the school has declined over the last few years.
Test scores are lower every year and violence in the hallways increases every year.
There is really nothing at all taught in Science and Social Studies classes. Not figuratively nothing, they literally teach nothing.
This is a very good school becoming a very bad school and the process is about 80% complete. Avoid.
In 3 years I have watched this school decline form top 10 in the state to "Yellow" endangered status.
I assume that bringing in the incorrigibles and discipline problems from all of the surrounding districts might not be working out.
Mark my words, MacDonald has been downgraded for 3 years in a row - it will be 4.
The science teachers are poorly qualified and utterly inept, every one.
Math is good, Kabodian is good for English.
Social Studies is surprisingly good and the elective teachers seem to care about teaching
This is an extremely PC school. They canceled the 8th grade field trip to the planetarium at MSU this year because federal law would not allow "agents of North Korea or Iran" to attend.
This was deemed intolerable racism
This school has pockets of excellence, specifically the Math department.
As a scientist I find the science department pathetic. My 8th grade daughter had a science assignment to cut out a construction paper star and put a picture of herself in it and explain "why you're great". This was a a week long assignment for science class.
Other departments are generally better than science and worse than Math.
Much is said about how well the top 10% of student here do, and it is true. The children of MSU faculty and staff do very well.
MacDonald speaks much less about the violence, sexual harassment and gang activity among the "school of choice" kids bussed in from Lansing.
If you support "common core" this is a good choice because they adhere to any fashionable pedagogical trend that comes along. Be prepared to explain how you feel about the number 147. Oh, and 147 is forbidden at MacDonald, you'll have the correct answer marked wrong unless you explain "I have one hundreds, four tens, one five and two ones"
In short, if you can't afford private school or a house in Okemos this is about as well as you can do in the Lansing area.
I have mixed feelings about the school. There are a few excellent and dedicated teachers in math, performing arts and previously in English. Science is weak, and English is extremely weak. Seems to be a safe environment and the principal is very energetic.
An excellent school - a private school quality in a public school. This is my 2nd child to attend this school and there have been many improvements over the last few years. It is a safe, caring and nurturing environment (in as much nurturing as middle school years can be!) The student body seems to be very tolerant of other cultures. The school is run well by experienced administrators and faculty. We have found very caring and hard working teachers. The orchestra and band programs are phenomenal with new leadership; they encourage outreach and class trips to go see Yo Yo Ma in Chicago! Middle school years are hard on the child because they are trying to figure out where they fit in the world but this is an excellent school (and an excellent school district in general!) to help them along their journey.
My kids attended MacDonald from 2004-2008. The positives: the team teaching concept seems to be fairly effective (1/2 the grade shares 4 core subject teachers, the other 1/2 shares the other 4 core subject teachers.) Language teaching is fairly strong (French, Spanish). Music program has been uneven due to transitions between teachers, but now I hear it is solid and strong. The building facility itself is perfect for the 7th and 8th grades. No overcrowding anywhere.
My daughter goes there and loves it. In 7th grade, there were no problems. She admired her teachers and did well. Now as an 8th grader, she still is doing well. The school is beautiful now that it has been refurbished.