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McKinley Technology High School

Public | 9-12 | 700 students

We offer Biotechnology, Engineering, Information Technology, and Media programs.
 
 

 
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Posted June 14, 2011

My son is a rising Sophomore. We have been quite satisfied with both the teachers, administration and the academics at McKinley Technology Senior High School. The teachers are excellent, they have a strong principal and both strong student and administrative leadership, and the academic programs are most challenging. This is from the parent of a Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science graduate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

McKinley has a history of being a school with great teachers, students and administrators.


Posted November 12, 2008

I think that is a great school. My son has progress a lot. It still needs some adjusting in the Foreign Language Department.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2008

I am happy with my son's progress with this school. All of his teachers last year were a pleasure to talk with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2008

The district has extremely limited quality public education choices. I feel privileged that my child and the student body have such a dedicated faculty and support system at Mckinley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2008

McKinley offers a challenging curriculum, has dedicated teachers, and a student body that challenges itself to excellence


Posted January 6, 2008

This is a great school. Its one of the top rated schools in the district and is doing alot better then alot of schools in the d.C area so if you live in D.C then look in to this school
—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 45% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%
Writing

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 45% in 2011.

153 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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74%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2011.

152 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

152 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

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n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

All Students91%
Black, non-Hispanic91%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Black, non-Hispanic82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students84%

Writing

All Students70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

In 2012-2013, this school was designated "Reward".

About the tests


The DC school classification system includes multiple measures to evaluate performance and student growth. The possible classifications, from highest to lowest, are Reward, Rising, Developing, Focus and Priority. These measures include the DC CAS, annual growth, graduation rates, attendance rates and participation rates. Under the system, required under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), each school is given a School Index Score based on the performance of its students. Schools receive different levels of support, resources, flexibility and monitoring based on their classification.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the city.

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ACT/SAT participation

94%

ACT/SAT college ready

20%

Graduation rate

91%


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 DC CAS results from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores, ACT participation (% of 11th graders taking the ACT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 92% 1%
Hispanic 5% N/A
Two or more races 2% 57%
White N/A 1%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56%N/AN/A
Special education 2%N/A13%
English learners 1%N/A7%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Attendance

  This school District averageState average
All Students 94%N/AN/A
Asian/Pacific Islander 94%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 94%N/AN/A
Hispanic 95%N/AN/A
White, not Hispanic 96%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 93%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 94%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 97%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Graduation rate

  This school District averageState average
All Students 96%N/A75%
Female 97%N/A77%
Male 95%N/A71%
Asian/Pacific Islander 100%N/A79%
Black, not Hispanic 97%N/A77%
Hispanic 50%N/A62%
White, not Hispanic 100%N/A73%
Economically disadvantaged 100%N/A96%
Not economically disadvantaged 94%N/A58%
Students with disabilities 100%N/A94%
General-Education students 96%N/A73%
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school For school year 2012-13, we have students coming from 70 different middle and high schools.
Stuart Hobson Middle School
Paul Public Charter School
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 5% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 90% (2012)
Percentage of students going to the military 1% (2012)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 1% (2012)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 3% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Trinity College
North Carolina A & T State
Delaware State University
Read more about resources at this school
Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (2013)
  • DCPS Principal of the Year (2013)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Healthy Schools - Bronze Award (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
  • IT support
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Dance club: Jazz, Hip Hop, Poms
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • DC CAP Program
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
School Leader's name
  • David Pinder
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (202) 576-6279

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Internships
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Biotechnology
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
  • IT support

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • DC CAP Program
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • 80 (North Capitol Street Line), G8 (Rhode Island Avenue Line), M31 (McKinley High School Line), P6 (Anacostia-Eckington Line)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club: Jazz, Hip Hop, Poms
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • JROTC
  • Ladies of Science in the City
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Math club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • The Science Video Club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Gray, Maroon, and White
School mascot
  • The Phoenix
More from this school
  • MTHS has moved the highest percentage of students from Proficient to Advanced on the DC CAS test. We were selected as the only National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in DCPS. Our principal, David Pinder, was selected as the DCPS Principal of the Year.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


3 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
225
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
656
Students typically come from these schools
For school year 2012-13, we have students coming from 70 different middle and high schools.
Stuart Hobson Middle School
Paul Public Charter School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Trinity College
North Carolina A & T State
Delaware State University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
DC CAP Program
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 5%
4 year college - 90%
Military - 1%
Vocational - 1%
Workforce - 3%
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151 T St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
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Phone: (202) 281-3950

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