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About This School

McKinley School is a public elementary school in Fairfield. 490 children attend McKinley School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 36% of the 490 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at McKinley School is 12:1. Holy Family School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 57% 86%
Multiracial 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 2%
Hispanic 21% 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 5%
Asian 12% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.05%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36% 7%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    This school takes such a beating because of its diversity. I live in Fairfield CT and this is a town with hidden racism. So this school is consistently targeted. Our children currently attend McKinley and it is probably one of the most well structured organized and supportive environments you'd ever want your children to experience. The people in the actual town however extremely snobby ill mannered and basically just not very nice people. So you have to weed yourself through the mire of racism that is an underlying quality of Fairfield CT in general. Outside of that the teachers are fantastic! No matter what any one may write here I have never had any issue with the teachers principle or overall structure of McKinley's curriculum. The state I have issues with regarding the curriculum but not McKinley. Honestly I can not rave enough about the quality of this school. It's just too bad that it's located in such a spiteful and stubborn place like Fairfield. Or I should correct myself thank God it IS located in Fairfield or else my lovely children would have to endure the racism from the towns narrow-minded offspring.

  • (10 months ago)

    My 3 children currently go to this school and our family loves it. The teachers are incredibly involved in the classroom but also in extracurricular activities. They will often attend or volunteer for PTA events or attend their students' sporting events and dance recitals. The music & drama programs are incredible and the art program is part of the American Mural Project. The students' artwork is displayed on every inch of wall space. The PTA hosts math nights read ins author visits cultural entertainers and even subsidizes field trips. The best part of the school is its diversity. The students are from more than 30 countries and the students focus more on similarities than differences. The parents are also very involved. It's a very special place.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is a great place to be. My children have all had great experiences at McKinley. The PTA is very involved adding enrichment programs for the children. It's like being part of a large extended family.

  • (1 year ago)

    Some of the teachers at Mckinley are very rude they do not pay attention to my child they do not treat my child the same as the other students my daughters teacher now told me that my daughter ask too many questions my daughter has complained about bullying I had brought it up to the teacher and principal and they did nothing about it the teacher even said my daughter is a liar and she does not believe her about anything I am so upset this school is sad my child does not like her teacher the teacher singles her out everyday she even told my child she is not allowed to use the bathroom nor go to the nurses office anymore this school makes me sick they need better teachers and a principal

  • (1 year ago)

    McKinley is a school that is not only like a second family to those who are part of it but boasts top-notch educators who challenge the children to think out of the proverbial box and use their creative thought processes. This school excels in academics on many levels and has teachers who go above and beyond for its students. I am proud to be a McKinley parent and that my children are learning from people who teach them to be book smart and how to apply their learnings to every day life.

  • (1 year ago)

    McKinley Elementary School is the best kept secret in town. Realtors tend to steer prospective buyers away from the district based on hearsay demographics and lower test scores. There's more to McKinley than the numbers show. It was recently re-built and is one of the few air conditioned school buildings in town. The PTA is active and welcomes anyone wanting to help make the school an even better place. Parents who opt-in from other schools are always impressed with the PTA funds support cultural arts programs subsidize field trips and provide teacher grants for classrooms. The real wealth of the school is its diversity. Our kids don't describe other children by the color of their skin or their ethnicity- they are all just kids. The families at McKinley include new immigrants from all over the world giving kids a global perspective. The main hallway know as 'Broadway' has flags from 40+ countries displayed in a reflection of the origins of the student population. However test scores are impacted due to many English language learners. Every student MUST take the test regardless of whether they understand the questions or not and the scores count toward the average.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am thrilled to send my kids to this school. I love the diversity the strong PTA their involved principal and the wonderful teachers my 2 children have had there.

  • (3 years ago)

    We wanted to send our daughter to this school bc my husband went there. She loves it but they have three or four recesses a day watch nick jr shows everyday and have ants in the closet were they keep the rest mats. Other then that the teachers are delightful!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am also a proud parent of a child at Mckinley we are moving this month out of district and are hoping that the board of Ed will grant us the option to stay at Mckinley. We would be devastated to leave this great school!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a parent of a child in McKinley School. I can not be more thrilled with the school and especially it's teachers and students. I absolutely love the diversity! The only thing I wish they would do is stop this issue with saying that McKinley School is out of balance because it has more minorities than any other school. What's the problem? There are other schools in Fairfield that are all white but you don't here anything about their being an imbalance there. Unfortunately there is a certain level of racism that comes with Fairfield. The Caucasian people of Fairfield simply can not be trusted. Especially those that live on the beach side of Fairfield. I hesitate saying that as I don't want to come off as being narrow-minded. But facts are facts. And the people that live on the beach side make no illusions about their feelings.

  • (4 years ago)

    McKinley School is Fairfield's best kept secret. This school not only has the best brand new building but the best resources teachers principal and staff. I'm very impressed with everything. After seeing some of the other schools I am blessed to have my children attend this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    We are blessed to be part of Mckinley school its the best family in town.

  • (4 years ago)

    It has the best parent volunteers!

  • (4 years ago)

    We like McKinley because the staff always puts in that extra effort to help their students. We agree it isn't just a school but a big family. We feel very lucky to be here!

  • (4 years ago)

    The quality and caliber of the teachers and administrators specifically their compassion and commitment to providing the most nurturing learning environment. McKinley is a strong example to other schools of how important it is to nurture a child's spirit and provide a wide variety of opportunities for growth.

  • (4 years ago)

    Why do you love McKinley School? It is a great community loving dedicated and friendly enviroment. Can't be better!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Good Principal...nice location...hi tech equipment...and Diversity!Diversity!Diversity!...we are family!

  • (5 years ago)

    I am writing this only because I am contemplating a move & see very few reviews of the areas I am looking at. So I thought it would be good for other parents who are looking into sending their children to McKinley if I wrote a review. My son attended McKinley since the new school opened and just recently graduated. I am very extremely happy with most everything at McK. 1 - Staff is approachable & available (phone/email) - Head Administration available 2 - Wealth of after school programs - paid after school day care (Kids Place) or weekly programs-including Reading Club Drama Club Homework Club Cross Country and Mentoring which is sponsored by Wakeman Boys & Girls Club 3-Tremendous PTA with super parent involvement 4-Vast cultural diversity 5-Tremendous cultural arts opportunities because Principal goes out and finds ways for the children to participate in great programs (i.e. Ballet Plays Musical Performances etc). A great school!

  • (5 years ago)

    Hello. I personally wrote to and spoke with our daughter's teacher in the beginning of the school year regarding the amount and type of homework she gets on a daily basis. Since then there is no doubt our daughter is happily challenged and given opportunities to flourish. We are also very involved parents which we believe makes all the difference. Our daughter was recently honored with the McKinley Outstanding Citizenship Award in her 2nd grade class - one of five recipients in her grade and we couldn't be more proud!

  • (6 years ago)

    Regarding the April 9 2008 post all the Faifield elementary schools read read read. Many students do not bring home homework as teachers give time in class to complete the 'class' work that was not finished. In addition there is the Board of Education's 'lets not overwork our children and cause tears' syndrome. Most teachers show parents the child's work only at conferences unless there is some concern. At this point teachers DO contact the parents. However parents must be active too! This is an incredible school and is not below any other school in town! By-the-way elementary grades are VERY subjective. It all changes once they are out. Thanks.

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