MCDOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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1425 MCGREGOR AVE
PETALUMA, CA 94954
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Phone: 707-778-4745
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 5
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 6th Grade
  • District: Petaluma Joint School District
  • Students/Teacher:
  • Students/Grade: 46.1
  • Number Students: 323
  • Number Teachers: 0
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
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  • ESL
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  • VOC-TECH
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (9 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (7 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-04
    "We were asked to remove our seven year old son from his previous school due to behavior issues. He can become anxious and has a hard time sitting still. He did not respond well to his teacher. We were told he would have to attend the home school in our district, which is McDowell Elementary. I was very upset and had so many preconceived notions. Boy, was I wrong. McDowell has been a godsend! My son is doing great and his teacher is very kind and compassionate. She called us after the second week of school to let us know how he was doing. The principal and staff have been wonderful. It is a very diverse school and I like that one of the goals of the school is acceptance and being kind towards each other. I am very happy with the after school care as well. The staff keeps the kids busy and also helps with homework. I would recommend this school and am very pleased. You can't judge a book by it's cover, that's for sure! Karen, parent of a third grade student"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2010-11-30
    "I am a Parent of a 1st grader with Autism that requires additional support in order to get a good education.... and all I can say is : THANK YOU* THANK YOU* THANK YOU to the Principal, Teachers, RSP, & other Staff at MCDowell Elementary!!! He is getting a wonderful education. Along with that he is learning to be kind and non judgmental by being surrounded by a diverse community. My son is Mexican by my side of genetics and Irish/Italian/German by his fathers genetics.... but he sees no issue with the ENGLISH LERNERS in his class....HE SEES CLASSMATES! He learns acceptance, kindness, diversity. As he is getting his education academically he is also learning about accepting diverse ethnic friendships....Hispanic, Black, Filipino, White,etc...He is learning that not everyone learns the same way, the same speed and that nobody is PERFECT! Shame on the parents that would see the English Learner or Social Structure as a negative influence on theire childs education. We want our children to grow up academically strong but also having learned the values of acceptance, equality, and social education. I'm proud to have my son be a student at McDowell Elementary!"
    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2008-09-14
    "I ama teacher at McDowell school. The school is very sensitive to students needs, especially in reading and English learning. We do have a high percentage of English learners , low socio economic disadvantaged students; however, the leadership of the school and staff have worked together to really focus on how to help all students meet academic needs. I truly wish there was more parent involvement as the school is doing as much as they can to promote it with an active PTA, healthy start program, full day kindergarten, etc. If you are looking at sending your child to a school with a truly caring staff and need your child to have extra support in reading with a direct instruction approach, McDowell could be your choice in schools."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2007-10-03
    "My son has attend McDowell Elementary for two years and we love it. Yes, there is a high percentage of English learners but the school is really focused on reading skills. Their test scores improved 33 points in one year. They also have the Boys and Girls Club on campus so kids can attend after school for homework help and for extra-curricular activities."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2007-06-05
    "My Son went to McDowell when he was in Kindergarten, and even though the teacher was great I was not very happy with the school. I felt that they were not teaching everything the kids needed to learn. We had to move the next year to Rohnert Park and when my son went to first grade he was indeed behind academically to the other kids in his class. I am sorry to say that I would not recommend this school to any parent."
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