Mary Mc Pherson Elementary School

1050 East Amity Rd, Meridian, ID 83642
(208) 855-4300

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 469 students 18 students/teacher (ID avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade


Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

Until 2012-2013, Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math, and language usage, and in grades 5, 7, and 10 in science. In 2013-2014, Idaho field-tested a new ISAT, and only reported testing for grades 5, 7, and 10 science, and grade 10 reading, language use, and mathematics. Data was also heavily suppressed to protect individual students from being identified. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Mary Mc Pherson Elementary School is a public elementary school in Meridian. 469 children attend Mary Mc Pherson Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 27% of the 469 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Mary Mc Pherson Elementary School is 18:1. Peregrine Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama


  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 87% 84%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Multiracial 1% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 1%
Asian 0.9% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    We have been so impressed with Mary McPherson. The teachers at this school are outstanding! My daughter learned so much this year and her teacher was extremely knowledgeable. The principal was also doing everything from wiping down lunch tables to working with students in her office. We could not ask for a better school!

  • (2 years ago)

    After fighting all year with bullying we have found that some bullying was even being promoted by a teacher . Rather than deal with the situation the prinicipal denies any possible problems even after being confronted by more than one set of parents. We have been severly disappointed with the responses by the principal. If you have problems with administration at this school go directly to the couselor as she is the only one that seems to be able to help.

  • (2 years ago)

    Mary McPherson is an awesome school! I have two children that attend MME. My wife and I have been very pleased with the education they are receiving! The teachers are hard working caring and kind individuals that do their best to promote safe classroom communities. The principal is committed and dedicated to the students. Every encounter I've had with her has been positive and pleasant. I've witnessed the kindness of the students who genuinely care about each other. I've seen first hand a community that comes together to promote learning and create an environment that is creative fun and engaging for the students who attend MME!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school has a problem with bullying as previous reviews have stated. Attempts to address the issue are met with denial and smoke screens from the principal. After five years of poor experiences with this school as well as ineffective anti-bullying policies and obvious student favoring I will be thrilled to have my child move on to middle school.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has problems with bullying. We have spoken with several parents who unfortunately had problems with bullying at this school and poor school response. We read this site's reviews and still we were unwilling to believe it was true when we went down the same path ourselves. The administrations response was severly lacking. Other reviews stating that the school cares more about popularity than responsibility seems to be true. This is unfortunate as we think the school has a preponderence of really good teachers. We think the school adminstration just doesn't back them up as there is very little consequence for the worst behaved children. One school administrator off the record indicated that the school does not have consistent consequences for students with bad behavior. It is our opinion that this leads to worse behavior and bullying problems. We took our issues to the school district and they investigated admitted that the school was remiss in handling the situation and documented the new procedures that would be put in place to force the administration to follow through. Hopefully things will get better.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am going to comment on the review made by the March 28 2008 posting because it completely dittos my sentiments in regards to the performance of this school. My experience with working with the 2007-2008 principal was very similar. The principal's character and method of operation was very difficult to work with because of her own lack of standards and accountability. I had the most disturbing communication from her and another administrator that put an inordinate amount of blame on a small child over their willingness to find fault or question their own supervision responsibilities. Her desire to make peace rather than to solve a genuine problem left the standard of the school very low. I found the children with the worst behavior received the largest pass. I was left with the very strong impression that her popularity was the most important part of her job.

  • (6 years ago)

    Mary Mac as we call it is the best school in our district. The teachers have a great attitude and help in development of the children's sense of self as well as the academia.

  • (7 years ago)

    These 3 earlier reviews were posted based upon the previous principal. Our recent experience has been different. After 13 weeks of fighting the principal and the school district 'manager' we finally had our child moved to a different teacher following a very long and surprising experience with the teacher who was allowed to bully and belittle the children and still enjoys being employed. The current principal is a nice lady (until you question her methods) yet is one who prefers to 'make peace' rather than to fix a problem. She initally attacks the parents and their parenting skills rather than to initiate an investigation into the situation at hand. She prefers to employ tactics based upon a 'middle school' mentality rather than to foster a caring and safe environment for the children. Most of the teachers are fantastic but don't expect anything from the higher-ups if there is a problem.

  • (9 years ago)

    Our experience at Mary McPherson has been wonderful so far! I too would highly recommend this school to any and all parents considering a quality education for their children.

  • (10 years ago)

    My children have excelled academically because of the great teachers and principal at this school. A wonderful experience for my family.

  • (10 years ago)

    Mary McPherson was a great school for my son. The Principal as well as his teacher were very helpful and supportive. I would highly recommend this school to any parent.

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