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Mcwillie Elementary School

Public | PK-6 & ungraded | 1 student

 

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Posted June 5, 2013

This school is the only Montessori-based school in Jackson. The teachers are concerned for their students. Unfortunately they have to overcome the principal, who says all the "right" things, but is a narcissistic control freak. Ten quality, Montessori trained teachers have quit since she took over. Too bad for McWillie. It really could be a game-changing school were it not for the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2011

McWillie has an amazing faculty, and most of the people at this school are really interested in helping kids. However, the administration is horrible. The principal is a nutjob, who yells at parents and berates everyone. I couldn't keep my daughter at McWillie after just a couple interactions with this woman. I'm really sad that we had to come to that decision, but I can't keep my child in a school with such shoddy leadership. Get someone else in there, JPS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2010

I can barely contain my enthusiasm for McWillie. This school has made me a true believer in the Montessori method. Students are engaged and working towards life-long cognitive development, in a way that I never thought possible in a public school. The teachers are among the most dedicated professionals that I have ever encountered: in just about every case, they will be able to tell you exactly what your child is doing, and where they are going on a developmental spectrum. This is truly what a wonderful elementary school should be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2010

My son has been in McWillie's Montessori program since he was in kindergarten. He's in third grade now. He has thrived at McWillie. The Open Doors program is wonderful too. Highly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

Both my granddaughters - ages 3-almost-4 and 8, go to McWillie Elementary; they're in the Montessori Program there. It's a great school, and the program has been wonderful for them. They are actually happy to go to school to school every day and look forward to it, and summer vacation was much too long this year for the older one because she loves her school so much!


Posted October 20, 2009

Children are taught in nurturing classrooms by outstanding teachers, The whole school community is united by our commitment to providing the very best enviroment for our terrific students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

I am very proud of McWillie and the education my daughter receives. The teachers are truly dedicated to giving the children their best.
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Posted September 18, 2009

McWillie is a level 5 school that boasts Montessori classrooms in addition to traditional classes and a friendly, knowledgable teachers who truly care about the students.
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Posted September 17, 2009

A wonderful community of parents, teachers, and children. The instruction is excellent and parents are welcomed in the classroom.
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Posted February 21, 2005

McWillie is blessed to have highly qualified teachers who teach in an enviornment where parents take parenting seriously. The students are disciplined and appear to enjoy a degree of independence that positively impacts learning and the development oof problem solving skills. Parental invlovement is encouraged. Teachers have devised creative means of reporting student progress that serve to provide suttle opportunities for continuous parential involvement. The school encourages individualism, while simultaneously developing a healthy enviornment for learning. Students are taught how to learn as opposed to trained. It is my belief that the McWillie approach to teaching and learning will lead to the development of problem solving skills that will promote improved scholarship and motivation for life long learning. The McWillie student are acquiring the study habit and coping skills that provide for enhanced cognitive learning.
—Submitted by a parent


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

The state average for Language Arts was 59% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 59% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

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77%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
85%

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89%

2010

 
 
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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 59% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Writing - Informative Essay

The state average for Writing - Informative Essay was 89% in 2012.

13 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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100%

2011

 
 
96%
Scale: % Score 2, 3 or 4

About the tests


Until 2011-2012, terminating in 2012-2013, Mississippi used the Mississippi Writing Assessment Program (MWAP) to test students in grades 4, 7 and 10 in writing. The MWAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above 2 on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Science Test (MST) to test students in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MST is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Subject Assessment Testing Program (SATP) to test students in English II, writing, algebra I, biology I and U.S. history at the completion of each course. Students must pass all parts of the SATP in order to graduate from high school. The SATP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 83% 50%
White 15% 46%
Hispanic 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67%N/A71%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4851 McWillie Circle
Jackson, MS 39206
Phone: (601) 987-3709

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