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McKinley Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 580 students

 

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Posted November 7, 2013

This is my son's second year of going to McKinley, and I really do love this school. I honestly can't believe that it is considered a regular public school. With how much dedication the teachers give to making sure each child is individually getting what they need, I almost expect it to be a charter or private school. My son has special needs, and learns completely different than most kids. He has never gotten pushed to the side, and I don't just have teachers telling me to "fix" him. They go out of their way to talk with me, to come up with plans to help him learn the way he learns, and they take into account his needs and work so well with him. They also listen to the parents, and eagerly accept your suggestions and point of view. If your child is struggling with ANYTHING, McKinley will find a way to help them, and will do everything within their power to make school a positive experience for their students. This school and the entire staff is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2012

My child has special needs. After coming from a school whee I had to scream to get help for my child, coming to McKinley was a breath of fresh air. Nor only did they listen to me, they contacted me with concerns of their own about the placement of my son. I have found the entire staff to be professional, caring, compassionate, knowledgeble and above all committed to providing the very best, highest quality education for each and every child. ****Based on the child"s needs. Not the schools.**** I believe the principal sets the tone for the students and the staff. The entire school seems to be working in tandem with each other. Based on my experience with teachers, paras, Social worker, nurse, office staff, etc. it is clear this principal expects what every child deserves, and strives to provide it under her leadership. A safe, quality education as evidenced by each staff members commitment to my child's educational and emotional and physical needs.. Ending up at McKinley was a blessing. It's obvious the teachers enjoy their work and their students, and it shows every day as evidenced by their commitment to them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

It's been almost 2 years since I last posted, and my son is now in 3rd grade at McKinley. With every passing year my admiration and respect grows for the faculty and families of this school. I had initial concerns when Mrs. Frerks (EBD teacher) left near the end of last year; but those fears proved to be completely unfounded. Ms. Weyenberg has stepped up and more than filled the spot! Through difficult times at school and home they have never waivered in their help or support. Additionally, the experience and positive influence Mr. Mulry (principal) has with these 'challenging children' can never be appreciated enough. '3 of 10' doesn't come close to what this school has given to my family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2007

GreatSchools Rating '3 out of 10' should have an asterisk - a huge one! When reading about this school, please keep in mind that the building houses an 'english as a second language' section. It is mandated by the government that these students are given the same tests as traditional students and considered in the overall test averages. Great school, great faculty, great opportunities for extracurricular activities. Parent involvement is high. Teachers give plenty of individual attention and interact with parents regularly. The thing that I have been happiest with since moving to Appleton is McKinley Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2006

My daughter goes to this school and the accomplishments she has made are outstanding.She has special needs and the teachers really work with her. They are wonderful! The whole moral of this school are great! The teacher go out of their way for the students to make sure they get the needed education. They are very friendly and take the time to answer your questions or concerns. this is a wonderful school. I also have a nother daughter in a diffrent school and she will be transfering to this school next year as it is so much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2005

This school and the techers' commitment to the students is above and beyond what i ever expected out of any school. The commitment and the support of my son, who has attended there the last 5 years, has been unimaginable. The teachers and principal all work together in such great harmony to get things done effeiently and effectively. The academic gains my son has made there have been so many and so huge. I wish he could go to this school the rest of his school years. They are great!
—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.

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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 50% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
67%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 92% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students29%
Female28%
Male31%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic9%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin36%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled30%
English learners24%
Proficient in English31%
Non-migrant29%

Reading

All Students25%
Female33%
Male12%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin36%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled27%
English learners0%
Proficient in English32%
Non-migrant25%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

All Students66%
Female84%
Male52%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin67%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities21%
Non-disabled77%
English learners75%
Proficient in English63%
Non-migrant66%

Math

All Students31%
Female33%
Male30%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander21%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin38%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities7%
Non-disabled38%
English learners25%
Proficient in English33%
Non-migrant31%

Reading

All Students14%
Female26%
Male5%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander7%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin21%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged20%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled19%
English learners0%
Proficient in English20%
Non-migrant14%

Science

All Students78%
Female80%
Male75%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin77%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities36%
Non-disabled89%
English learners88%
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant78%

Social Studies

All Students91%
Female90%
Male92%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin93%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities78%
Non-disabled95%
English learners94%
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students38%
Female37%
Male37%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin41%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities9%
Non-disabled44%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English42%
Non-migrant38%

Reading

All Students20%
Female19%
Male21%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin21%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled24%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English22%
Non-migrant20%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students41%
Female29%
Male50%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin48%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities8%
Non-disabled50%
English learners0%
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant41%

Reading

All Students24%
Female17%
Male29%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin28%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled30%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English29%
Non-migrant24%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White, not Hispanic 63% 73%
Asian 17% 4%
Hispanic 14% 10%
Black, not Hispanic 4% 10%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 1%
Multiracial 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Disabled students 17%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 18%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 88%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 74%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 97%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

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  • Andrea Vinje
Fax number
  • (920) 832-6326

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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