School Details

McConnell Elementary School

8629 Columbus Rd, Hixson, TN 37343
(423) 843-4704
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 587 students 15 students/teacher (TN avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

69%
63%
59%
55%
45%
49%
75%
65%
67%
86%
81%
84%

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math and science. The results for reading/language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchool profiles. The results are for all grades combined for each subject and reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hamilton County School District average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
56%
49%
64%
45%
48%
64%
54%
56%
90%
83%
88%

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math and science. The results for reading/language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchool profiles. The results are for all grades combined for each subject and reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hamilton County School District average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
64%
57%
72%
54%
55%
82%
61%
63%
91%
84%
87%

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math and science. The results for reading/language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchool profiles. The results are for all grades combined for each subject and reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hamilton County School District average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

McConnell Elementary School is a public elementary school in Middle Valley. The principal of McConnell Elementary School is Joy Black. 587 students go to McConnell Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 37% of the 587 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at McConnell Elementary School is 15:1. Ganns Middle Valley Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 98% 59%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 33%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 2%
Hispanic 0.5% 5%
Asian 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37% 51%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    Let me say while I do still find this an excellent school an influx and shifting of teachers has missed the mark. I am disappointed in the new drive for testing but I do know this isn't just the school it is our whole education system ever since No Child Left Behind was implemented I have seen a shift toward testing being the be all and end all. Next year it is due to get worse when TCAPS start counting as a grade. It is horrible that now we have a situation where the teachers are under so much pressure to get great test scores they can't properly teach. It's not the school it is the system. Both my boys teachers did a fine job this year with my youngests being excellent and oldests doing as well as could be expected under some unique circumstances. I really hope to see a shift away from No Child Left Behind and test driven results.. Also the shift in the difficulty of subjects is really bad because of new testing standards previous star roll kids are getting frustrated because they are working harder only to get Honor roll.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have two boys that attend McConnell at this time and while I can say that my oldest (5th grade) received good academic instruction from K-3 his 4th grade teachers were horrible both academically and to him personally. His science and social studies teacher this year is equally bad. They treated him and many others that aren't "pets" so unfairly that he went from liking to going to school to trying to avoid it. The kids are not enriched emotionally or socially and are only taught to the test. My youngest is in K and we are seriously considering moving schools even though we know his 1st grade teacher will be really good. Most of teachers seem to like children who sit quietly and fit into their "ideal child" boxes. The school does encourage parental involvement but doesn't seem to appriciate it.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm very pleased with the academic and social progress my granddaughters are making! Just love the happy smiles on the paricipals' faces at afternoon pick-up' .... a sign of a happy and healthy school environment! Thank you!!

  • (6 years ago)

    They actually do have an Art Program now. I love it here. This is my daughter's first year of school and we are very pleased she is making the most important start to her life at McConnell Elementary. There is alot of involvement from the parents and it is wonderful to be apart of that!

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a school where volunteer hours don't have to be required. Most parents want to be involved in the education of their child. The teachers are interested in the well being of the children and work with the parents to achieve success.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have three children who have attended this school and i think it is a great school they make everyone welcome no matter what.

  • (6 years ago)

    The adminstration and staff are wonderful. Parents are encouraged and welcomed to volunteer throughout the school. However there is no art program and I am disappointed that unlike other local schools we do not offer after school programs such as newspaper chorus and clubs etc. I feel our kids are missing out on expolring other interest and activities.

  • (6 years ago)

    This the best school.They work as a team an have great staff an parnets.

  • (6 years ago)

    If you are looking for a safe challenging place for your child McConnell is the place for you! We absolutely love our school!

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a great school full of caring teachers and staff members. Our students are well behaved and our parents are very involved for the most part. Even though it is a large school it has a neighborhood school/family atmosphere. My daughter went to elementary school here. She is now 18 years old. She got an excellent start here!

  • (9 years ago)

    We Love McConnell. The PTA & Parent involvement are terrific! The staff teachers and principals are all very nice to work with. An overall great school.

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