School Details

McKinley Elementary School

701 Paloma Avenue, Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 259-3870
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 384 students 16 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

74%
80%
56%
70%
82%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Burlingame Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
72%
46%
88%
82%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Burlingame Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
87%
65%
77%
89%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Burlingame Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
84%
60%
77%
85%
65%
82%
85%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Burlingame Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

McKinley Elementary School is a public elementary school in Burlingame. The principal of McKinley Elementary School is Paula Valerio, whose e-mail is pvalerio@bsd.k12.ca.us. 384 students attend McKinley Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 23% of the McKinley Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 17% of the 384 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at McKinley Elementary School is 16:1. The Bridge School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% 19%
White, non-Hispanic 59% 54%
Filipino 3% 3%
Hispanic 24% 11%
Multiracial 2% %
Unspecified 1% 10%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% %
Pacific Islander 0.8% 0.8%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.4% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 2901%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17% 11%
Limited English proficiency 23% 21%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    2 kids in school past 5 years. Like any school you get what you put into it. I volunteer in the yard and no different than other schools- no fights!!! Teachers and Principal always readily available.So work with them! All highly experienced. More diverse demographic than other schools which I honestly prefer. My kids have friends of varying socioeconomic levels. Parent involvement and the amazing school district really make a difference. They have PE several times a week library music band an award-winning garden club and Art in Action. Electronic whiteboards in all the classrooms and are purchasing more ipads for the class. District Science teacher and now Math teacher to develop curriculum. Spanish program has provided some more cultural enrichment and next year they are starting a recess program that emphasizes conflict resolution and inclusive play. I would not hesitate to recommend this school and have known parents transfer kids to this school from others in the district due to bullying! Again you get what you put into it. If you work in partnership with your teacher and Principal you will reap the benefits!

  • (1 year ago)

    Just hope your kid is not bullied. If so then you can forget getting any support from administrators. All they did in our situation was to punish the victim than deal with the bullies. Academically the school is OK. Nothing to right home about. They have some really great teachers and some really bad teachers. They also seem to have many new inexperienced teachers so beware in getting the new one. I also noticed a few "lemons". Good luck I would probably pick Lincoln if I had an option.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is an excellent school. Our K 1st and 2nd teachers very like a family to the kids. Grades 3-5 get less warm&cuddly and more responsibility homework preparation for STAR tests etc. The principal Ms. Valerio is extremely dedicated - knows every child and every parent. She is the one standing outside at pickup time routing kids to their parents making sure everybody is safe. It's very easy to get a hold of every teacher the principal and the secretary (that said try getting Lincoln principal on the phone and good luck with that!). This school is rated 8 out of 10. Lower test scores are simply result of more lower income kids compared to other Burlingame schools. Check out test scores by subgroup - they are pretty much identical across all schools.

  • (3 years ago)

    McKinley is a phenomenal school with an excellent Principal and staff. With the addition of the new Annex building the campus is newly landscaped and looking better than ever. In the 5 years my kids have been at McKinley I have never heard of fights breaking out or "random people on the premises" nor are children "bused in" (where would they be bused in from? BSD doesn't even have buses!) There are some very special things about McKinley the Harvest Festival father/daughter dance Founder's Day our beautiful garden and of course the amazing parent community (I could go on). Go Bulldogs!

  • (3 years ago)

    McKinley Is an amazing school with an excellent staff. The school has a very diverse population that is just wonderful. The curriculum is challenging and the teachers are very collaborative. They have soccer coaches that come once a week at lunch The Physical education has implemented a program for recess coaches and this provides the older students a leadership role. Have I mentioned how awesome the parent community is. We are a big family at McKinley.

  • (3 years ago)

    Very bad school which is really a bummer for this area. Nobody cares. There are random people on the premises multiple cases of kids clothes theft nobody watches kids nobody cares about education. I can speak only for K-2 but chaos is there fights!! and swear words!! and it doesn't seem that things change for older kids. Stay away! Really it is not worth it.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is not what you would expect from a Burlingame school. I would not recommend moving to Burlingame for this school. It lacks good leadership. The focus is not on education. The playground is wild and needs better supervision. Many kids are bused in and that might be one of McKinleys problems. My experience is that problems are covered up rather than addressed. This is very frustating.

  • (3 years ago)

    McKinley delivers the state mandated basics to the children but as another reviewer stated little else is taught. Science technology and music are weak while the art program is taught by volunteer parents. Kudos to the parents for filling these needs! Also the Spanish immersion program is like a school within a school with minimal integration between immersion and non-immersion students. It's unfortunate because everybody can benefit socially and culturally from having both curricula at one school. Communication from the school and the teachers is minimal and inconsistent (website and newsletters are often missing important event dates) which makes it difficult for parents to actively stay involved in their children's education and social integration. There is however a strong sense of community but that is only the result of an involved and caring group of parents. The teachers are good but as a whole the school needs a lot of improvement.

  • (3 years ago)

    Parents are really involved Teachers are really happy to be there and the Kids are having a blast and learning at the same time! My daughter is in kindergarten and loves to go to school everyday!!

  • (3 years ago)

    McKinley is the ideal school. It has an old fashioned aura strong family influence and a principal who puts the children above all else. Her leadership is strong and sincere. Her staff and teachers love their jobs. The difference at McKinley is the kids are on the forefront of everyone's mind. EVERYTHING comes back to the well being academically and otherwise of each student. What is happening at this school? Learning and loving it! Respect caring and high standards for ALL.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school lacks a strong leader and support staff. Communication from school staff is very weak. Academics are moderate and additional school activities and enrichment classes are limited. Moreover the school campus lacks sufficient playground equipment and is filthy. On a positive note parent involvement and volunteerism is very strong. Also the student population is very diverse which lends itself to increased cultural awareness.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school has an excellent principal and staff. I've never seen a principal who knows every child's name AND knows their parents. The parents are very active and friendly. The teachers are smart caring and collaborative and i feel like the school as a whole makes a huge effort to communicate with parents regularly. Overall I'd say the the school focus' on the right priority--instilling a love of learning. I'd much rather have my daughter have a great life-long attitude towards studying- rather than drilling for test scores and a dislike for school.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers at McKinley are wonderful! They are very supportive and helpful in finding different programs to enrich my child's educational development.

  • (4 years ago)

    We are ending another great year at McKinley. In addition we will see a new eight (8) classroom building starting construction this summer which will be ready for students in 2011-2012. Burlingame schools are seeing a huge growth in student enrollment and Mckinley is seeing a growth due to the growing Spanish Immersion program.

  • (4 years ago)

    After reviewing this school online I have to conclude that in comparison to other elementary schools in the vicinity it has the lowest API score. Even the middle and high school have higher school. So why are the kids not trained/taught to score better on the test? I do not mean to be rude but this school is surrounded by many public schools scoring high on the API. So what does it lacks to excel?

  • (5 years ago)

    Love the small community feel of this school! My son is in first grade and is so happy to go to school each day. He loves the teachers and the principal. I feel so lucky that we are part of the Mckinley family.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think this school is great coming from a city close to sf i thought it would be a primarily caucasion school with snobby parents BUT it is very diverse there is alot of latino's asians ect. there still are the SNOBBY RICH parents but you will find the others who are very friendly and make it a habit to make you and your family feel comfortable. It is a very small school so the children get help when needed and dont get shafted.The principal is great she know's all the kids by first name and is very friendly.I would definatly look into McKinley if you plan on going to school in Burlingame.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have lived in Burlingame my entire adult life and have two kids at McKinley. McKinley is a great school with caring parents and a fantastic principal and staff.

  • (8 years ago)

    We have been at McKinley for 3 years now and it has been a great experience for my child. He has some special needs as far as learning the school has taken the time and the resources to make sure he succeeds. Our new Principal Paula Valerio is wonderful. The kids think very highly of her and she takes the time to get to know each and every one of them. There is also a strong Parent Community which encourages participation in all school events which help benefit the school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Quality of academic program is average. Teachers are working hard and doing well. However some students' behaviors are disaster such as no courtesy no respect and aggression. These students' academic levels are not high and may influence your children badly. Since the principal often shouts to them hysterically the other students become to be nervous. Her talks often differ what she said before with regarding important issues. Stay away from the McKinley elementary if possible.

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