MCKINLEY SCHOOL

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325 S OAK KNOLL AVE
PASADENA, CA 91101
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Phone: 626-844-7880
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 5
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District: Pasadena Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 21:1
  • Students/Grade: 115.6
  • Number Students: 1040
  • Number Teachers: 50
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5898
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 60
  • Principal: Ms Sheryl Orange
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (47 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (65 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-11-16
    "My son just started in middle school at McKinley School in September after spending 6 years in private schools. Amazingly, he is happiest here. The teachers are wonderful and caring, the student body diverse, and, in spite of the increased class size (from private school to public), my son is thriving. The homework load, unlike his past private schools with hours and hours of homework, is certainly fine. McKinley also has an "arts" focus. My son is in the music and arts track and loves being able to have music class EVERY day (great teacher--a former conductor and musician herself). The school is in the process of building a science building, a cafeteria, a gymnasium, and a new kindergarten play area which will greatly expand the school. In addition, there is funding for the restoration of the beautiful (and now, a bit neglected) 1920's building. In spite of what you may have heard about public schools, I strongly suggest you schedule a tour and see for yourself. It is the only K-8 school in Pasadena."
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    Posted 2014-04-17
    "McKinely is gem in the rough, it's teachers are invested so much they have their own kids at this school. My son has THRIVED at the school despite my initial trepidation because of the run down exterior (note, they are currently going to a major upgrade and the school is going to be beautiful!). My son, with the help of his teachers and us at home has surpassed all expectations of his grade level. What is a shame is that Pasadena's resources (I mean major tax revenue), the school does not receive much in funding. With that said, the PTA does an excellent job in keeping programs alive at McKinley: Arts, Science, Phsical Education - they are to be commended for their hard work. Also, parent involvement is evident at every event and that has a great impact on the childrens school pride. I would recommend McKinely to anyone looking for a school that lives in the Old Town/Business District part of Pasadena. In addition to the school, the Y offers a fantastic before/after school program I would strongly recommend to anyone in need of care. GO TIGERS!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-01-09
    "My son is in transitional kindergarten at McKinley. We have been very impressed with his teacher and with the school so far. My son's class is very diverse, both ethnically and socioeconomically. They've taken some really great field trips (Huntington Gardens; Vroman's Bookstore). They place a lot of emphasis on making healthy choices (no candy allowed at school for the kindergartners). All of the other parents with whom I've spoken are also very impressed with the school and the teachers, but unfortunately, because of the poor reputation of Pasadena public schools, all of those parents are planning to either (1) switch to private school; (2) open enroll to other schools with higher ratings; or (3) move to South Pasadena. This is part of the problem with Pasadena public schools. If you like the school and are impressed with the teachers, keep your child there! The school needs the funding, for one thing. The ratings and reviews will never get better if people keep pulling their kids out based on an outdated reputation, and the cycle will just continue. And the private schools will just keep getting richer and richer . . ."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-12-19
    "McKinley is in a great neighborhood and it's wonderful that it's going thru some construction to make it look better, but it's been our experience the last few years that all they care about is numbers. My child had a horrible teacher last year and despite making complaints it was never addressed and this year almost the same with promises unfulfilled. Meanwhile my child was disciplined for their lack of support.They would rather get rid of a problem or challenge then help or support you. It's great that there is a lot of parent involvement, but that hasn't helped my child or many others who need better teachers. Most of it was to raise money for performing arts. There are a few teachers who seem to care overall, but the rest do as little as possible. I know of at least 10 parents who just this year transferred their children out of this school. I thought the new principal would make a difference, but other than talking a lot and being charming, there has been no change, maybe it has something to do with his kids being there. He's great for the teachers, backing them up even when they fail miserably. Very dissatisfied with this school. We won't be back for 2014/2015."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-26
    "We have been there last year, the food at school is nasty. My kids had been happy with school lunch before we move here but then we have to cook for them. Few day ago I see it look better, maybe the new principle come so he made a new development, I hope so. Will see if new principle can make progress."
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