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McKinley Elementary School

Public | 1-5 & ungraded | 355 students

 

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Posted December 23, 2013

I can't say enough about what an amazing school this is. Caring faculty, dedicated parents, and a great curriculum are the perfect recipe for this spectacular elementary school. I feel very fortunate that my family is a part of the McKinley community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2013

I am a former student and can't tell you enough how outstanding this school is. Sweet, kind and caring staff. Amazing playground. Happy environment. When i moved out of state in 4th grade, I realized how this school is excellent compared to most elementary schools. I WANTED to go to school in the morning, I was actually excited to go and see my friends and learn. This school wasn't a school to me-it was a second home. There is a tiny catch- science isn't a strong subject. Other than that its perfect.


Posted August 21, 2011

McKinley is really a wonderful school. My child finished first grade and had a very positive experience. The teachers are warm and caring, and taught effectively without simply piling on homework. The community is so enthusiastic about the school, and the parents are extremely involved, which makes one feel special to be a part of the McKinley family. I grew up in NYC and attended public schools, and my one apprehension about the Westfield School system was that it was going to be snobby. I do not have any personal experience in the other schools, but I can say that the atmosphere in McKinley is down-to-earth and caring. This was a great relief. If you would like your child in a loving, open environment, I highly recommend the McKinley neighborhood!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2011

THIS SCHOOL IS FABULOUS! I get tears in my eyes justing thinking aobut the experiences my children are having at McKinley. I can only say good things about this school. The teachers are caring and professional, the new principal is doing great (he had really big shoes to fill), and the community of students and their familes are extraordinary. There are so many wonderful opportunities for the students to grow and become part of communtiy here. If you are looking into purchasing a home in Westfield, look no further than the McKinley school area. So many families, a wonderfully small community where everyone knows everyone -- JUST FABULOUS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2011

My children and I love this school and can't say enough good things about it. Strong academics, caring teachers, and strong parent involvement and sense of community. There's the annual adult social, the popular student carnival, "Kapers," which is the annual musical production, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Kid TV, music, art, the annual faculty volleyball game that the kids LOVE, Bingo night, family book club, movie nights in the gym, etc. etc. You walk into this charming old building and see all of the kids' colorful creations hanging and it immediately boosts your spirits. The library is a great space, and the big playground is a popular gathering spot right after school. Small student body. The new principal is a wonderful man, too, working hard and very dedicated. This school is dear to our hearts. Go McKinley!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2011

I disagree with this review. Mckinley School was huge disappointment to me. I would never recommend this school to anyone. My child has trauma for being this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2008

McKinley is a gem. The school's principal, Claudia Andreski, is quite an engaging leader. Some principals rule with fear; she leads with LOVE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

McKinley has an excellent principal and this excellence is seen throughout the school in its teachers, staff and students. I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

McKinley is an excellent school!! The principal Claudia Andreski knows every child on a first name basis, we have a very tight-knit community and its an excellent learning environment. All of the teachers are very approachable, the PTO is excellent in getting everyone involved and they really do put the kids needs first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2005

What a great school! I am proud to me a McKinley parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2004

Excellent class sizes, quality teachers and students. Active parents. All of the qualities of a great school are within McKinley.
—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.

About these ratings

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 Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 66% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

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

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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62%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 61% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students81%
Female84%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education50%
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant81%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students88%
Female86%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education81%
General education90%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant88%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students62%
Female70%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White65%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Special educationn/a
General education73%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant62%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students90%
Female85%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
General education92%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant90%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students92%
Female94%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant92%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students82%
Female90%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White79%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education65%
General education88%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant82%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students94%
Female92%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education82%
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant94%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

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48%
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26%
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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 NJ ASK, HSPA, and/or NJBCT results from the New Jersey Department of Education.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 9%
Hispanic 8% 22%
Black 4% 16%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 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 7%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Marc Biunno

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500 First St
Westfield, NJ 07090
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