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Vancouver, WA
Students enrolled: 869

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5802 MacArthur Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98661

(360) 313-3600
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August 08, 2014
Every student had an iPad and a new technology focused curriculum last year. It also has some very hard working teachers.

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2014
Mac is a great school all things considered. Teachers care and work extra hard to take care of the students. It's more diverse than a lot of schools in the district which is a plus. It isn't full of spoiled rich kids like other near by private schools. Teachers and principals really care. I just wish more students and parents were proud of their neighborhood school and continued to grow community pride and involvement in this historic school.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2013
This school is one if the worst in the world. Teachers expect to respect them but they don't respect you. They NEVER help anyone. The dress code is ridiculous because McLaughlin is the only school in bad to have a dress code. The principles yell at you teachers say bad words and talk behind your back to other teachers. I think this school needs new principles and teachers or be shut down.

- submitted by a community member

July 23, 2011
I love this school. (: It is so awesome and great. The teachers a cool. My 6th grade math teacher, ms. Pappan is the BEST. I love you. Sincerely, Denisa Husic

- submitted by a community member

April 29, 2011
The previous Principal was excellent. The high-ranking comments from 2009 and before were because of his leadership, in my opinion. The current Principal is terrible. There are non-stop verbal fights between students using vulgarities I cannot repeat here, increasing in intensity because the problem isn't dealt with promptly. Eventually these verbal conflicts become physical altercations, not just between 2 students, but between gangs of friends (because it escalates to that extreme). This would have never happened with the previous administration. The kids fear for their safety and there is little supervision or protection. One security guard simply walked away when my student asked for help. When a girl called my daughter "Ugly," the counselor's response was, "Well have you looked in the mirror lately?" The Principal's way of dealing with the violent girl cliques is to create a new one called the "Sisterhood" Group. From what I understand, this group was established to get the bullies and their victims together to "work things out." It isn't working.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2010
Mac is about test scores, nothing more. Every year, the teachers tell the students about how important the WASL is. Being able to pass a single test is a lousy indicator. (The DMV makes us all take a standardized test, too. How was your drive home from work today?) The teachers are fine for the most part, but the school policies are for the benefit of the administration, not the students.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2010
I feel that there is not enough supervision at this school. There are a lot of fights, and it isn't very safe. There are a lot of rough kids too. I will be trying to get my son into a different school for next year.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2009
I have been on the PTA every year for the last 3 years. I have gone to every parent meeting. I have volunteered for almost every function. However, I know that people on this many people who are criticizing the school have not been to a meeting, have not helped out at a family night. I also know from personally meeting with the Mr. Reeves that the test scores have gone up, discipline rates have gone down, and student moral & involvement has also increased. For the parent who thinks that mac attire is hard to handle. Think about it...Walmart $10.00 shirts compared to Nordstroms $50.00 t shirts. Does your child really need clothes that can cost the same as a electric bill or the garbage bill. I know for a fact the PTA even gave Mr. Reeves money to help students get at least 1 or 2 shirts that wearable.

- submitted by a parent

August 17, 2009
I Hate Mac attire. its stupid and there is no need for it, it does nothing. other than that its okay?

- submitted by a student
no rating
December 17, 2008
This school is awesome! :) all these reviews are nothing like the actual school! i guess you will just have to come here to find out! mr mccoy and mr six rock!

- submitted by a student

February 12, 2008
Some teachers really care and some you have to keep on them to help with your child, they seem to busy to give that extra effort to a child who asks for help. the principal tries to help but still waiting for the teachers to respond. the dress code is the most horrific idea I have seen and to try and hold back all the children who's parents can afford clothes is unfair to these kids who are trying to grow and find themselves. Also with a school that has no lockers for these kids to put there belongings, and made to wear a backpack all day and no place to put there gym clothes, lunches or different classes during the day is as close to a bad learning enviroment as it gets. If you are thinking about enrolling in this school please look around to other schools, planning to move!!

- submitted by a parent

December 21, 2007
i miss this school so much i loved it the teachers classes principles ect. it was over all an amazing school im a sophmore now and if i could go back and do it all again i would

- submitted by a community member

August 22, 2007
i go there and i swear i love it. my mom loves that they have honor classes and the staff are very nice

- submitted by a student

June 26, 2007
I love mac the staff is very helpful and the extra activites are outstanding.

- submitted by a student

February 21, 2006
i am currently attending this school and the academic programs are really organizedand succsessful with the students.mr.obenour is our music teacher and we achieve in the marching band every year.but overtrall this school is a good envoirnement to learn in.

- submitted by a student

October 11, 2005
My child has gone to this school for 3 years.This year is his last year before high school.He has not been giveing his all.His father and I were at our wits end with his attitude.I scheduled a conference with his teachers and ALL of them showed up.I was so impressed with each one of them.They were so careing and willing to help out in any way.This school has at the very least 6 of the greatest most careing teacher's I have known.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 31, 2005
I have seen spikes in their math performance for 6th grade 2003 but then it returned to 40% pass. I wonder how they can duplicate their success in 2003 again.

- submitted by a student

November 08, 2004
This school offers a challenge program which I believe was great 3 years ago. The science teacher Mrs Ko and 6th grade Challenge teacher was absolutely top notch.I am disappointed with the last two years that a science team no longer meets to compete. There are a variety of extracurricular activities offered but I think that the academic type might also benefit the students. I think the kids should get extra credit for participating in extracurricular activities that are academic in nature as it enhances their learning in a different format. The music program is great especially Mr Obenour!! I have noticed that the no child left behind program has changed the mind set of teaching and how information is presented to students. Kids that were discouraged with school are enthused with learning. What better way to improve behavior and self-esteem. Love the family night actitivies. Thanks for responding McLoughlin staff.

- submitted by a parent

July 10, 2004
McLoughlin Middle School has a very well advanced learning system. The teachers are fun, loving, caring, and extremely over the top helpful with the students that attend at McLoughlin Middle School. There is one thing I want all parents to remember it's not the grades that matter, it's the test scores that make up the grades that matter.

- submitted by a student

February 09, 2004
I go to Mcloughlin middle school. I know how things are really and some things people are saying are true and others arent...I mean we do have fights but not everyday. We do have some good teachers but not all are nice. But I have to agree that th p.e. teachers are really cool. And our school does have some expactations. Teachers at our school grade differently to make sure that the kids are getting the best time and the work isnt too easy or too hard. Sure our school is really old but we are getting remodled this summer and sure we do have a few problems with some kids but not all are bad....and sure 8th graders are going to pick on 6th and 7th graders they are the big dogs of our school.

- submitted by a student

February 02, 2004
In response to the last review on this school, I believe that the writer trying to defend the school, hit on why there is a problem. The writer talks only about the 'activities' offered - and 'how fun and nice' the teachers are. Aren't kids there for the academics? My step daughter attends this school and I find that the bar for excellence is lowered to accomodate a more diverse student body. My 6th grade step daughter gets straight As but doesnt know how to form a written paragraph...she misses a lot of her reading assignments but can still get an A or B in reading. I think the teachers appreciate that she shows up and is respectful compared to their other students and thats what her grade represents - I just feel that when you lower expectaions, the kids will surely live down to them.

- submitted by a parent

November 10, 2003
Well, after that last comment I am totally blown away! I believe this school is one of the greatest in the city! The teachers are great, espically the PE teachers who are all very nice and friendly. Mac holds many Advisory activities that get the students of all ages involved. Jan Griffins advisory has a mixture of ages and the students are friendly. Advisory is to help the students get involved with kids from other ages. Mac Nuz is a creative morning announcement show so the students have fun watching it and know the announcements for the week. ALso, there are Intramurals at the school wich are fun activities for the kids. I am very sorry to hear the other parents feelings about this school. I love this school and have reccomended it to many of my friends. McLoughlin Middle School is a great school!

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2003
My son attends Mac Middle School as a 6ths grader this year, and has had a very difficult time.. He has been bothered by the 8th graders in the hall way several times.. he no longer goes threw the hall way now to avoid them. I feel there is not sufficent staff in the mornings in the ouside area or the hallways of the school. I have had some concerns regarding a couple of the teachers, and have had very poor communication with the school. the teachers rolls her eyes and you can visibly tell she does not care. when this behavior is brought to the principle it is given to the asst. principle, who laughed at my concerns..There are also fights at this school almost Everyday! I am very unhappy and if possible will be moving my child out of this uncaring and unsafe school.

- submitted by a community member

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McLoughlin Middle School
5802 MacArthur Blvd, Vancouver, WA  98661
(360) 313-3600
Last modified McLoughlin Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
McLoughlin Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top