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Mckay High School

Public | 9-12 | 1824 students

 

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Posted September 1, 2014

Staff and teachers are better than most schools...but...they do allow a lot of bullying, especially from the athletes. They also go to great lengths to cover up what really goes on in the school...like kids bringing guns to school...and the public isn't informed...hush hush....when push comes to shove they will get things done...but why make parents get angry to get results?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2013

I graduated on June 8th of 2012. I attended McKay my entire 4 years of high school and i can honestly say that it is not a dangerous school and that its just like any other school but the public is just always looking at what we are doing and publicize us more that the other high schools because we are expected to fail by many but our class, we feel like we changed the school alot in a good way and honestly i am proud to say I graduated from McKay High School. The teachers will stay many hours after school even when they are not being paid just to help out their students. I am disappointed that the culinary program was taken away because it was one of the programs that would get so many students involved with the community and Mrs.Barton the culinary teacher is one of the best teachers that has worked at McKay and a lot of students saw her as a role model and for some of us she was like a second mom. A lot of us cried when she left McKay and we miss her and had to go thru our last year, Senior year without our favorite class and without our favorite teacher.


Posted June 6, 2010

i am a freshmen at Mckay this is my first year and its a good school. i heard about people getting into fights and doing drugs and taking weapons to school. yeah some of it is true but that doesn't mean that every student is doing it. maybe what 2 out of 10 students are doing it. i think that our test scores are pretty average, i say this because if you look at our school we are the most bi racial and yes it hard to pass a test if you grew up learning a different language but i bet if you were to give a Spanish test to all the schools in the Salem Keizer school district Mckay would shine. so please don't judge Mckay if you haven't been there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2009

needs team work between students teachers and parents to be better school.the administration needs to support any activities like sports and music
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2009

I'm a student at McKay and this is my third year there. i think McKay is a pretty good school, i just think it has a lot of Disadvantages and challenges that some schools(like Sprague)don't have to deal with. something I've noticed is the staff cares a ton about students, the schools also gotten a lot better about safety. kids are really nice there, and there isn't much bullying. its a good school, i think it just gets labeled and doesn't have some of the advantages and blessings that some other schools have.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 18, 2009

The reason that I give this school an average rating is not because of the students and/or the administration, but due to the lack of communication between the teachers and the parents. We both are working with our students/daughters or sons. It is time to work together not against each other!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2008

I'm a student at McKay and this is my third year there. ever since i first went there(and even before)i always have heard rumors about how like dangerous McKay is...about how there are gang fights in class and all over the campus and people bring knifes and there's all this violence and chaos and gang stuff going on...that is COMPLETELY UNTRUE. if you spent a whole day waling around the campus you'd probably think its a rather peaceful school. I(and lot of people at McKay as well)think our school gets unfairly labeled because of our past reputation and our diverse group of students. I've been to McKay for 2 years and I've only seen 1 fight, and NEVER at ALL seen or heard of any weapons in any students possessions. McKay is a good school, I've found it much better of a school then i thought it would be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2008

I love this school! It's a great school. Everyone is nice. And will always be. Their great. You feel like a big family, there's always someone to talk to about problems you're having or help in school and they're are always fun things to do. Their programs as well are great! You're never judge by what you believe, are, wear and/or say. And that's what I love about it. McKay HS is honestly a great school! The football and basketball games are awesomely fun too! Go Scots!. We are the Scotsmen the fighting Scotsmen!.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2008

Greatest school I've been to. Administration is top notch and does the best with the staff it has. The Persistently Dangerous School label is a joke- I've seen more dangerous at a bingo hall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2007

While obviously not perfect, McKay hardly deserves such a low ranking. Until very recently, McKay had the best AP classes in the entire school district (yes, better than Sprague), and still has one of the best. We were recently given the title 'Most Persistently Dangerous School' in all of Oregon because we expell students who are problems (a whopping total of 1% of our population). And the reasons for the expulsions? Not gun fights, not knife fights, but usually freshman girls getting worked up and punching each other right in front of the office (literally) where the fight itself can be stopped very quickly. While I agree the violence needs to go down, I have heard so many worse things happening in other schools in Oregon
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2007

It is a great school. Everyone says its a 'dangerous school' but it really isn't. They based that on our expulsion rate. We get rid of the bad kids.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2007

My son goes here and it is a really great school..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2007

I'm a graduate, and I would never take back my experience at McKay. I'm tired of all of the bad publicity, it was a great school with great teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2007

it's a pretty good school, for my first time being there! super super fun.. great people, great classes, and great activities!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2005

It is a privilege to work at a school with such caring staff. The students are obviously the first priority here. With a challenging student population, teachers hold high expectations and provide great opportunities for all students.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted February 19, 2005

The academic programs are wonderful. A lot my fellow students are involved in AP or Honors classes. Our music program has grown as far as student count in the music programs is involved. There are over 30 clubs to get involved in. Our Mckay Boosters club is in need of members, but when they get involved they go all out. I see parents all over the place at the games and in the clubs advising. Mckay is a wonderful place to be. Go Scots!
—Submitted by a student


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

The state average for Math was 56% in 2010.

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2010.

2010

 
 
49%
Science

2010

 
 
37%
Writing

2010

 
 
37%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

397 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

399 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2013.

397 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
50%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students81%
Female80%
Male81%
African American67%
Asian/Pacific Islander76%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial83%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities44%
English language learners27%
Migrant58%
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female86%
Male79%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islander76%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial85%
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities46%
English language learners18%
Migrant69%
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students53%
Female50%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander52%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial62%
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learners<=5%
Migrant37%
Academically gifted93%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students57%
Female62%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander57%
Hispanic54%
Multiracial54%
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learners26%
Migrant37%
Academically gifted87%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 61% 21%
White 25% 65%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Two or more races 3% 5%
Black 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 85%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
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School basics

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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
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Salem, OR 97305
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