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James Mcgee Elementary School

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Posted March 24, 2014

I've written on this page before; I've tried to give information about James McGee Elementary in Pasco, WA. My granddaughter is now in 1st grade and has an awesome teacher. Although my granddaughter is a little behind, her teacher is going the extra mile to help her be successful. She approaches us with a great smile and always speaks positive words. Which shows me she is a great leader, mentor, and compassionate person for all kids. The principal walks around the school while the kids are outside playing and she is outside when the last bell rings and the kids are leaving. She approaches parents with a smile and takes the time to talk parents around her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2014

I agree with so many of the other comments, the front office staff and principal are cold and often unhelpful. They seem bothered to do their job. I am disappointed that the VP brown left she was accessible and helpful but the only one. Now for the teaching, I loved both my daughters kinder garden teacher and her first grade teacher. Now her 2nd grade teachers I am not pleased at all. They have horrible cominication with parents and when your child is with someone for 7 hrs a day you expect to be able to communicate with them. The school also seems to be extremely disorganized and this does not help cominication. The school district has openeda new school and that should help however I'm just not satisfied with the school and we are leaving the area. I know her previous teachers were amazing however their support staffs faults lead me to wider about the other teachers here. It's not horrible just not for me I need more organization and communication from a school. To be honest I think it is the school districts fault for failing to monitor the schools principle and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

Between the schools issue with being over crowded, and being very unorganized as a whole, The Staff in the front office could use a memo on friendliness, and the teachers and principle never seem too happy to be there either :( I really have no good comments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2011

I had 3 children that attended McGee and we loved it! The teachers, principal and other staff members were very friendly and I always felt like they cared of my children and were fair in their handlings. My children loved going to school there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2011

I have two children that attend McGee and am very pleased with the teachers and other staff members. The school is overcrowded, but the district is working to resolve that issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2010

I just wanted to begin by saying that if you are going to leave a comment about how "terrible" the teachers and school are, please use proper English and appropriate spelling! It makes you appear very ignorant, and I believe your comments are ignorant as well. My daughter is a second grader at this school, and has been going there since she started school. The teachers are so wonderful! Her first grade teacher even came and watched her sports practice outside of school! The education my daughter gets is very good, and she is performing above average! Don't listen to the people above you, it is a very good school with caring teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2010

The principal is hursh and ignorant. The school is ovelhemed and many teachers does not have necessary experience. The blond principle with over "painted" face is very ambitious. With character like that I doubt she can hire someone good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2010

My son has just stated kindergarten here. We had read the reviews and intended to move from the area before he began school. I didnt work out and he started here at Mcgee. Neither him nor us are happy with his Kindergarten teacher. We are seriously considering to move him to a different classroom. Does anyone have any suggustions on who they think are the best Kindergarten teachers at this school? Thank you for your input.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2010

while i belive thier are some great teachers at mgee i feel that demenor and mood is set by the principal and unfortunatly mcgee does not have a good one. i have four children three have attened mcgee two are still there and i have one more due to start school there soon. I'm feed up with the way they handle things and belive they need a new principal to get a new start . like i said there are some great teachers there but they are not the ones in control of the school. It saddens me that when i reach out for help the teachers that have helped me with my sons special education rights and the bulling at school have felt they have to do so qiuetly and with out other school staff knowing so. I would love for things to chnage by the time my youngest enters
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

While I think the teachers and parents are great, I agree with the other commenters. The front office staff is not friendly. The principle is the main disappointment for this school. She comes across as distant and cold. I don't think this job choice is a good fit for her. Other parents I have talked to are also intimidated by her, so imagine how the kids feel. When I've talked with her, I don't feel like my concerns were taken seriously. I try to avoid her and deal with the vice-principal who is very sweet and is obviously interested in the well being of the kids. Also, the parking lot situation is unbelievably horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2009

I too have concerns for the lack of leadership and the customer service etiquette of the front office. The inability to make visitors feel welcome is a reflection of the principal. The school board needs to be aware of inadequate professionalism of these staff members. until parents step up and make these people accountable for their behavior, it will be assumed they are doing a great job. my children were recommended to switch schools if we didn't agree with how they handled specific matters. Not once did we get called in by the principal expressing her concern about my children. Our children are not perfect, but neither are administrators and staff so collaboration is key in order for our children and schools to be successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

It is not the school's responsibility to parent children, however, it is the school's responsibility to provide a positive learning environment for all students. When I addressed my concern about the affect of obviously truent kids that were not only bullying the other students (my son included among many others) but disrupting class on a regular basis making it difficult for all of the children to focus; I was politey acknowledged and then blatently ignored. This principal has a lot to learn, pretending a problem does not exist will not make it go away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2008

I love mcgee elementary, the staff are friendly the envoirnment is happy and all the parents I talk to love this school. We have one of the best PTO groups and the pincipal always goes out of her way to make mcgee a good learning envoirnment for all the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

My son no longer attends this school. The principal basically allowed my son to be bullied for 2 years and knew it was going on and would do nothing. We are not the only parents who have pulled their child due to bullying. Also, our son was not doing any in class work for over 2 months and the teacher didnt think it was a big enough issue to fill us in on what was going on even though we had daily contact with her. My honest opinion is that if you want your child to attend a school where the prinicpal and the staff care about your childs well being and their learning McGee is NOT the place to send your child. Find another school!!!
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
65%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
39%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students63%
Female64%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income53%
Not low income71%
Special education32%
Not special education69%
Limited English42%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female83%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income61%
Not low income82%
Special education27%
Not special education81%
Limited English50%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students71%
Female75%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income65%
Not low income79%
Special education18%
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female85%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income75%
Not low income85%
Special education29%
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students79%
Female88%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic76%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income76%
Not low income82%
Special education29%
Not special education85%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students69%
Female63%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income62%
Not low income75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education72%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female81%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic69%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income71%
Not low income82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students63%
Female63%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income54%
Not low income71%
Special educationn/a
Not special education65%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 51% 60%
Hispanic 39% 20%
Two or more races 4% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 18%N/A8%
Special education 113%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 238%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 19N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 60%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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4601 North Horizon Dr
Pasco, WA 99301
Phone: (509) 547-6583

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