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Mckinley Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 836 students

 
 

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Posted September 26, 2012

McKinley is now an IB world school, which may sound good on the surface, but it does come with it problems. First, it is extremely expensive to maintain an IB school (staff training, additional class requirements, yearly certification costs, etc.). Second, mixed ability levels within classrooms does not seem to be working. For example, when McKinley was a Charter school with the Lighthouse Program, upper level students performed at a much higher level (check standardized test scores before 2010 compared to after 2010). Parents seem to be very happy with the success of the Charter (notice comments on this page before and after 2010 when the Charter was dropped in favor of IB). Ability level classes does not mean that you have to lower expectations for some, quite the contrary. It allows teachers to focus on the present level of students in their classroom to move them forward more successfully. IB may be the wave of the future, but as of now, it is only a ripple at McKinley.


Posted January 3, 2012

There is NOTHING GREAT about this school!...not sure why it's even listed on this site. 2 out of 10 is a horrible rating! The day i went to register my child at the school, 2 parents were removing their children because, and this is a DIRECT quote..."they HATE this school!" (with emphasis added!) I should have taken the hint! the administrator is non-attentive to parents needs, our child has been bullied on 3 separate occasions and the principal didn't even return our calls. not until her supervisor got involved did she even consider returning the call. and of course...ALWAYS with some excuse attached. You know...my rant could continue and fill the page to let you all know that this school REALLY isn't worth it (we can also say as much OR MORE about the racine unified system) but suffice it to say, as my former PTOites..."I REALLY hated this school!!!"
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2011

We were so disappointed in our sixth-grader's experience at McKinley that we (along with a number of other families) are pulling her out for seventh grade. She was not at all challenged academically and was actually afraid to go school because of the sheer number of incidents at the school last year. From her discription of her classroom time, this is glorified babysitting. In one class of 30, her teacher moved the four students who wanted to learn to the first row of the class and only attempted to teach them for the semester! In the times I was present at the school for anything, I was shocked at the level of disrespect the kids have for each other as well as for teachers and any other adults!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2011

The school has dropped the Lighthouse program and is no longer operating under a charter. All classes have mixed ability groups. The school is not offering a special GAT program; instead they are opting for inclusion using a middle years IB program. This means that a science class has kids that can't read the textbook or understand the math as well as kids in algebra that are advanced readers. Very democratic, but does it help bright kids?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2011

I agree with the 9-23-10 review, but the move away from skill level correlates, but is not the real issue at McKinley. The real issue is that this move produces a move away from division based on classroom behavior. This produces no benefit for the unmotivated, uninterested and poorly disciplined at home students. This is being done at a much larger expense to the highly motivated, engaged, and well behaved students. These are the students being harmed by subjecting them to the classroom conditions and penalties implemented by the staff due to the disruptions and poor behavior of a few bad students. Punish the poorly behaved, not the masses. A well behaved, but under performing student can benefit greatly from being in a class with higher performing students. Why is Racine Unified so intent on placing obstacles in the way of those middle school students with the ability, motivation, and discipline to excel. Remove the well behaved students from this integrated environment and RUSD would have shinning jewel that the community could be proud of again. Turn Gifford into a K - 8 neighborhood school, sit back and watch what happens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

School faces a real hurdle given that more than half of the students fall under the poverty line. Moving away from a skill level division of students to an integrated approach in order to implement the IB Program. We chose to remove our child from the school due to this change. Security and Safety is a concern too. In fact most people who can find a way will send their kids to private schools in Racine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

McKinley has a great community of staff, students, and families that work together to create a positive learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

It has the best staff I have ever worked with. They really work hard and care about the students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 20, 2009

It the best school in Racine for middle school student. The teachers always make sur that the students understand their work and never leave any student behid
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

This is a wonderful school, I have really enjoyed watching the transformation over the last few years! There is no better school in the city! I have one more child to go though middle school and I am confident that Mrs. Pelk will welcome him as much as she has my other two...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2009

Presently I have a 7th grader at McKinley and will have a 6th grader in the fall. I think it is a terrific school. They offer FAR more opportunities than I ever had in junior high at a Catholic school. The teachers are first rate. For the most part the kids are typical middle schoolers. Do I wish some of the kids behaved better and some parents were more involved- yes. However, if you're an involved parent your child can get an excellent education at McKinley while learning to make appropriate choices in his/her life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2009

I have had chikdren at this school for the last 3 years and will have one student for 2 more years, and am very happy with the level of education as well as the amount of teacher involvement. It is not always easy to find a school that has caring teachers and teachers that will give you a call back when you request it. Awesome job to the staff and administrators!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2008

I am currently a student at Mckinley. I like this school a lot. I like that it is a charter school, so we get different privleges than other schools. I also like that McKinley is broken into teams. There are three sixth grade teams and four teams with seventh and eighth graders mixed. Overall i like this school, and will be sad to leave at the end of this year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2008

This is a great school for my son. The staff is wonderful and very attentive toward the children's welfare. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2007

Unified School District has magnet schools that include McKinley Middle School. Both our son and daughter attended McKinley and we were pleased with their education and the extracurricular opportunities, including music and theater programs. John Barry Stutt, Attorney
—Submitted by a parent


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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 54% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
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 49% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 38% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
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 61% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 46% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 42% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
67%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
70%
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%
Female30%
Male29%
Black, not of Hispanic origin7%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic27%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin50%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities5%
Non-disabled34%
English learners5%
Proficient in English31%
Non-migrant29%

Reading

All Students21%
Female24%
Male19%
Black, not of Hispanic origin6%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic12%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin39%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities2%
Non-disabled25%
English learners0%
Proficient in English23%
Non-migrant21%
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 Students25%
Female21%
Male28%
Black, not of Hispanic origin8%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic13%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin40%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities4%
Non-disabled27%
English learners0%
Proficient in English27%
Non-migrant25%

Reading

All Students29%
Female32%
Male28%
Black, not of Hispanic origin16%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic13%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin45%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled34%
English learners4%
Proficient in English33%
Non-migrant29%
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 Students57%
Female68%
Male42%
Black, not of Hispanic origin36%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin72%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled62%
English learners24%
Proficient in English59%
Non-migrant57%

Math

All Students29%
Female30%
Male29%
Black, not of Hispanic origin8%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin44%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities7%
Non-disabled32%
English learners10%
Proficient in English31%
Non-migrant29%

Reading

All Students37%
Female45%
Male26%
Black, not of Hispanic origin14%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin54%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled41%
English learners5%
Proficient in English39%
Non-migrant37%

Science

All Students70%
Female75%
Male62%
Black, not of Hispanic origin53%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin83%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled78%
English learners43%
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant70%

Social Studies

All Students73%
Female82%
Male64%
Black, not of Hispanic origin60%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin81%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities17%
Non-disabled81%
English learners43%
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant73%
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

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 43% 73%
Black, not Hispanic 31% 10%
Hispanic 22% 10%
Multiracial 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 1%
Asian 1% 4%
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 14%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 65%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 9%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 68%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 45%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 92%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

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  • Cheri Kulland
Fax number
  • (262) 664-6196

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