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About This School

McKean (Thomas) High School is a public high school in Hockessin. 911 students go to McKean (Thomas) High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 60% of the 911 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at McKean (Thomas) High School is 17:1. Sanford School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 38% 48%
Hispanic 31% 22%
Black, non-Hispanic 28% 25%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Asian 2% %
Multiracial 0.5% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60% 44%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    McKean is a great school. Bullying is everywhere but in the past years McKean has really stepped up to the plate on doing there best to take care of every student. They have cleaned up their act and have built new improvements to make the children feel comfortable being there. They have more clubs and organizations than any school I've heard of. The teachers and staff made a huge difference in my high school career and if I could go around thanking every one of them I would. McKean is a grand school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I cannot believe this school is rated 4 out of 5. It must be the bully students or their parents writing the reviews. My granddaughter (on her first day of high school there) have her lunch taken from her and things thrown at her in the cafeteria. She was called names and left in tears at lunch. WHERE WERE YOUR TEACHERS? WHERE WAS THE ON-DUTY POLICE OFFICER. You don't have to worry about my granddaughter we transferred her out of their - DAY 1. In speaking with others "within the feeder zone" they looked to private school rather than sending their kids here. I have 6 more grandchildren and you can bet they won't be going to McKean. You should be ashamed I had to give you a star to get this on-line - you get ZERO STARS!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    This is the best decision i ever made for my child. she's going to keep going here until she graduates. I LOVE MCKEAN !

  • (4 years ago)

    The schho has improved in recent years. Me a current sophmore believes that the Honors classes are challenging and the teachers make learning fun. The vilence in the school is a lot lower then the past years. With having a zero tolerence policy it helps make our school safer.

  • (5 years ago)

    i dont not prefer that you let your children go to this school it is a very unsafe enviornment.

  • (6 years ago)

    We have been very happy with this school. The honors curriculum is excellent and the ninth grade academy is just such a terrific program. I don't know why more schools don't do this. I agree with one other poster that there are some tough kids and kids who are not very interested in learning. But the school makes every effort to keep them under control and keep parents informed about discipline. The principal is very accessible and open to parent ideas and feedback. And the responsiveness of the teachers is just superb. Any question concern they are back to you ASAP.

  • (6 years ago)

    Overall the school is above average. The honors classes are very challenging. High expectations and the students in honors are well behaved and there to learn. Compared to the one other school we have experience with the kids in the AP classes here seem to be the kids who belong there. They don't just try to shove everyone into AP and honors. The college prepatory classes have discipline issues. Mainly kids being so noisy and disruptive your student can't concentrate. Part of attendance zone is from a tough area of the city and it shows. They seem committed to fixing discipline issues. Most of the teachers have been good to excellent. Very few bad apples.

  • (7 years ago)

    As parents of a female ninth grader entering public school for the first time in her educational career we are pleased with the overall situation and experience at McKean. Our daughter was able to make friends easily and to adjust to high school much easier than we anticipated. We feel that the Freshman Academy helped our daughter in her transition from a small private middle school to the more populated public school system. We are impressed by Ms. Gross' leadership as principal and willingness to involve the students in actively promoting academic improvements and personal achievements.

  • (10 years ago)

    Excellent school overall. No violence or major problems. I felt safe there and Don Keister (princ.) and Don Odom (Vice princ)were on top of there students and faculty.

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