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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.

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 49% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 34% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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.
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.



Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 75% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
65%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 91% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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.
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.



Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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.
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.



Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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.
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.



Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students37%
Female28%
Male44%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin52%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities8%
Not disabled43%
English learners9%
Proficient in English42%
Not migrant37%

Reading

All Students31%
Female25%
Male36%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin39%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities0%
Not disabled37%
English learners9%
Proficient in English35%
Not migrant31%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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.
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.



Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.

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 Students77%
Female79%
Male74%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin89%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities70%
Not disabled78%
English learners41%
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant77%

Math

All Students38%
Female39%
Male35%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin46%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities0%
Not disabled44%
English learners18%
Proficient in English44%
Not migrant38%

Reading

All Students16%
Female19%
Male12%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin20%
Economically disadvantaged3%
Not economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities0%
Not disabled18%
English learners0%
Proficient in English21%
Not migrant16%

Science

All Students70%
Female68%
Male73%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin71%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities20%
Not disabled78%
English learners65%
Proficient in English72%
Not migrant70%

Social Studies

All Students95%
Female98%
Male88%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin98%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities80%
Not disabled97%
English learners88%
Proficient in English96%
Not migrant95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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.
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.



Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.

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 Students43%
Female50%
Male38%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian43%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin50%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities0%
Not disabled54%
English learners38%
Proficient in English44%
Not migrant43%

Reading

All Students19%
Female23%
Male17%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian14%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin26%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities0%
Not disabled24%
English learners0%
Proficient in English24%
Not migrant19%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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.
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.



Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.

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 Students50%
Female53%
Male46%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin56%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities7%
Not disabled63%
English learners20%
Proficient in English56%
Not migrant50%

Reading

All Students29%
Female32%
Male25%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin36%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities0%
Not disabled37%
English learners0%
Proficient in English35%
Not migrant29%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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.
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.



Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.

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

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, 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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