MCKENZIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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649 PRAIRIE AVE
WILMETTE, IL 60091
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Phone: 847-251-2295
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 4th Grade
  • District: Wilmette Sd 39
  • Students/Teacher: 14:1
  • Students/Grade: 110
  • Number Students: 550
  • Number Teachers: 43
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 7670
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Dr Denise Welter
  • 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 (8 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (7 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-30
    "Not what you'd expect when your hear the hype. Nothing exceptional is happening here. Do your research before choosing District 39! Certainly not worth the hefty tax burden.It's easy to maintain high test scores with this student population. The district and school are not serving students with nontraditional learning profiles, at least 20 percent of the population, instead expecting parents to pay for outside tutoring (thousands of dollars a ). The one plus is the community, it's wonderful!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-08-21
    "I have had three children go through McKenzie and have sat on their Executive Board. This is a very special place, I have experienced schools in different states and consider this a prime example of what an elementary school should be. The teachers are strong, the environment loving and the administration outstanding. This school always has a parent run variety show that unites the school like no other. Someone in an earlier review used the term family and I think that is spot on. I should mention my child received an IEP that was proactively given form the school. They worked to make sure my child was given the resources they needed to succeed. I don't think I have ever heard a school where they try to give your child extra resources. You could only consider yourself blessed to attend McKenzie school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2010-01-30
    "I have a child at McKenzie and we are very pleased with the school. Our child has a wonderful attentive teacher who comes up with great creative ways to engage the kids. The McKenzie PTA is more active and involved in the school than any other PTA. They put on many great fundraisers that involve the kids including an amazing parent run variety show designed to entertain the kids. Money from fundraisers goes to school equipment--smartboards, playground equipment and so forth. Our child is excited to go to school and is learning new things daily and I hear the same from other parents. You and your child will have a great experience at McKenzie. Submitted by John, a parent"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2008-10-22
    "The school is average and, frankly, not on par with what we expected from the North Shore. Our child is an advanced learner and has been bored through three years there. The attitude is that since she's smart, well, she gets it already. No need to do anything more eventhough she's craving --and her parents are asking for for-- more work. Not impressed."
    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2008-04-01
    "I was a classroom teacher at McKenzie for the past few years. I accepted the position, believing it was going to be the most progressive, resourceful, and dynamic district that I had ever taught in! Unfortunately, I was unaware of District 39's poor reputation in the North Shore, and I decided to leave. In the years that I taught at McKenzie, teacher/administrator turnover was extremely apparent. Teachers would resign, not because they were asked to, but because they believed the district was poorly run (materials were scarce, compared to where I am now, things were so unorganized, new teachers lacked proper mentorships)...The last year I was there, about 5 teachers, my principal, and my superintendent left District 39 in a matter of months. Please look into other North Shore districts, like Winnetka, before committing to this one. On a high note, the parents are sensational! I really miss them!"
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