School Details

McPherson Magnet School

333 South Prospect Street, Orange, CA 92869
(714) 997-6384
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 837 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

69%
60%
56%
83%
68%
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
  • Orange Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
51%
46%
89%
72%
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
  • Orange Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
71%
65%
90%
76%
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
  • Orange Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
68%
60%
88%
69%
65%
78%
70%
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
  • Orange Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
70%
60%
72%
63%
55%

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
  • Orange Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
95%
86%
80%
71%
60%
70%
63%
52%

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
  • Orange Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

41%
76%
50%
81%
68%
57%
46%
40%
31%
69%
89%
85%
72%
66%
52%
92%
79%
67%

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
  • Orange Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

McPherson Magnet School is a public middle school in Orange. The principal of McPherson Magnet School is Todd Roth and can be contacted at troth@orangeusd.org. 837 children attend McPherson Magnet School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Unspecified; and Multiracial. 4% of the McPherson Magnet School students are "limited in English proficiency." 10% of the 837 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at McPherson Magnet School is 22:1. La Veta Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 54% 36%
Unspecified 5% 4%
Multiracial 5% %
Hispanic 26% 46%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Filipino 2% 2%
Asian 14% 10%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 30102%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10% 35%
Limited English proficiency 4% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Great school. I agree with previous review.My son started kinder and graduates 2014 from 8th grade. McPherson number one in the state.

  • (9 months ago)

    Every school has it pros and cons. McPherson Magnet has a lot of PROs. My child has been there since Kinder and is ready to graduate. There are quality teachers and a lot of them have been awarded Teacher of the Year. (Do they have some lemons?... Yes!) The PTSA and Education Foundation has worked tirelessly to update the school facility and technology (Is more needed?...Yes!). The parent volunteers are outstanding. I've heard over the years the District has hindered the school progress by not granting it money like other schools. However McPherson has overcome through generous donations. Overall it has been a Positive experience.

  • (1 year ago)

    I agree with EVERY negative comment on this site. It is very unfortunate because it used to be an amazing school that made learning fun for ALL the kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    It's not what you think. I had my child at this school since K-7. I felt the teachers also dumped all homework at the parents wanted to take less responsibility in teaching. Not sure why they had the distinguish school award and in my opinion in lacked on it. I noticed teachers would pick favoritism students. All the teachers my child had thorough out the years have all been long gone. It made me wonder why? McPherson is not what it used to be the staff has changed. This school started focusing in kid s behavior nit picking about everything instead of educating them. My child is now very happy at the new school likes all the Teachers. I must add that the new teachers have giving my child a new perspective on education that it can be fun learning. Mc Pherson teachers made my child feel like a failure. I knew then it was time for us to leave before my child hated school. Thanks a lot McPherson! Another thing that bother me is why are some parents getting their own space parking with theur last name on it? This is a public school.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great school! The teachers are dedicated and want to instill a sense of belonging to children. My child feels safe and cared for. My child is learning much and its more than academics-it is a community and a home away from home here.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am shocked to read so many negative reviews about McPherson. While I agree with some of the complaints (bathrooms in need of repair) I also believe that politics exist at ALL schools. And there are great teachers and not so great teachers at ANY school. This is not an issue exclusive to McPherson. This is our 5th year there I am a very involved parent and I have never witnessed rampant gossiping between teachers and parents. I also don't mind that parents are sometimes involved in assessments and grading papers. With class sizes being so large at ALL schools it is impossible for teachers to do it all. I have always felt that anything I discussed with teachers regarding my child was always kept confidential. I have never worried about other parents disclosing my child's progress or lack thereof. If others have had these issues I believe they are isolated incidents and not typical occurences. I am very pleased with the Magnet portion of the school. I believe McP excels (as they should) in Math Science & Technology. I went to private school and McP has that same private school feel. Maybe McPherson isn't the right fit for every family but it is the right fit for mine.

  • (1 year ago)

    We transferred our kids to Mcpherson believing all the hype that it was a great science and technology school. We were greatly disappointed by the quality of education and the lack of professionalism at the school. Too many teachers are lazy dumping their work on the parents. Parents assess the students and even do some of the grading! There is no confidentiality! The lack of professionalism at this school is pervasive. Teachers are buddies with parents and gossip is rampant! As for the technology they have less than most Title 1 schools. A computer lab and some expensive projectors is all...projectors that they have difficulty maintaining because of the cost. The school grounds are old too. The bathrooms are disgusting!! And don't expect the administration to do anything about it because any complaint you have will fall on deaf ears. The principal lacks the backbone to truly lead and be decisive. We have removed our children from this school. I would sum it up by saying that while the vision/mission of the school is attractive it falls very short from delivering any of it. If you are stuck there I suggest going straight to the district if you want to be heard.

  • (1 year ago)

    Class sizes are just too big. Teachers whether their fault or not are just surviving. They are not teaching here but rather managing. I agree with another reviewer that there is quite a bit of gossip coming from *some* teachers about children and other parents. This is something that needs be controlled and some sort of professional code of conduct established and enforced...I can't even believe I have to say this! There are some good things about the school. Probably its best assets are the very few excellent teachers if you're lucky enough to get them (hint be room parent or suck up to the current year's teacher and you will get the best teacher next year - you will see the same children year after year together in that grade's best teacher's class). The other good thing about the school is its parent volunteers/involvement. I think there are much better schools in Orange to go to but this one may not be the worst either. Best of luck and don't get stuck here just because its a lottery school.

  • (1 year ago)

    We tried for a few years to get my daughter into this school. We were so excited last year when she finally got in. We chose to send her here over G.A.T.E. at another OUSD school. Boy are we disappointed. The teachers have the parents do all the work. The teachers also complain to parents about students and other parents all the time. I can't believe the stuff I have heard. I have worked for another school district for 15 years and I can't believe the stuff that happens at this school. We will be moving my daughter after this school year. Take your chances at a school with lower test scores. It's worth it.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is not one I would recommend unless...all you care about is what the school's score is. The work is extremely repetitive and boring if you have a bright child. The teachers are actually the problem with regard to how the kids are treated they do not care about the kids and the playground teachers are constantly annoyed. They don't watch what is going on on the playground and calls the kids names (how is that acceptable?). There is a specific second grade teacher that is extremely abusive even the principal would not put her child in this teacher's class (hummm interesting?). The technology that is advanced is only what the teachers use but the school claims the students benefit (I agree but barely). How about putting that money towards programs for the kids that is what the "magnet" is for? instead of buying the teachers more electronics. Sad sad situation for a school with so much potential. I agree with another post. This school needs a new principal that CARES!!!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    We love it here at McPherson! We have two children at the school - one in 3rd grade and one in Kindergarten. The administration and teachers at the school are very progressive very interested in learning new techniques to improve the school and very forward thinking about technology and implementing new programs.The parent participation here is phenomenal as well. It's a special school!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great school that motivates and challenges students. My kid loves going to school everyday. Their math program is great! My kid loves it. Every week 5th/6th graders work with Kindergarteners. That minimizes bullying. Students from different levels interact with each other frequently. Parent involvement is good! The teachers are very mindful of the students welfare too. They are conscious of the students health problems if there's any like food allergies which my kid and several kids have. Some parents complain of too much homework. I don't think there's too much. It is for the benefit of the student anyway. Homework trains the student to be disciplined to be diligent. It trains them academically. If you and your child want a laid back life then McPherson isn't for you.

  • (1 year ago)

    Several of the points touched on in other reviews are what caused us to pull our 4th grader out mid-year. First teachers can be bullies too and when three different adults are telling the administration the same thing and nothing is done that is a problem (2nd grade). Second sometimes a kid needs a little more. Our daughter is terrified of bees and when the school was invaded all I needed was for her to be able to eat lunch inside until the problem was solved. The school did not accomodate us even though they promised me three times they would. I later discovered my daughter was eating her lunch in the bathroom because the office kept sending her away. Currently our child is at a non-magnet public school in OUSD and is doing fantastic. The school does not use technology much but they were further ahead in the curriculum when we came in mid-year and somehow our daughter is learning more and more quickly. I think her peace of mind in an environment where she feels secure and cared for has really made the difference. McPherson is fine if everything is going smoothly but have a teacher go haywire or a kid need some extra attention and the administration fails.

  • (2 years ago)

    Have been a Meteor Parent for 9 years. McPherson is a great environment that offers lots of personal attention and coaching for your kids. The faculty is excellent and constantly strive to integrate challenging programs in their curriculum to enhance the student's academic growth. It is an open enrollment school and has the lottery system with a long waiting list. However its worth the effort to check every year to see if you can get your student in. - Regina Singh

  • (2 years ago)

    I am in 6th grade now and I went to Mcpherson from K- half of 5th. The first 5 years i went to this school it was great. THEN in 5th grade when my one friend stopped being my friend I had nobody else to hangout with. All the teachers were great except my 5th grade teacher because she had favorites and she didnt wanna do anything to help me. As far as the kids they are very mean and everyone would walk away from me and made fun of me because i was autistic. So in the middle of 5th grade I was done. I left and i know about 4 other families that left so I would so DO NOT send your kid here

  • (2 years ago)

    The technology that McPherson touts is very archaic. I suspect that's a money issue more than anything. However they don't offer any offer more programs that an average school at Orange Unified. Very strange that it's the magnet school when other schools at Orange Unified have been rated better.

  • (3 years ago)

    This sused to be a great school. Now the teachers do nothing in class and send all work home to be done. Then if it is not homework it is some mindless project that is just busy work to make it look like the school is dong something. Making costumes of ancient people? How about learning about ancient people? Very disappointing.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have four children at this school from Kindergarden to sixth grade. I LOVE IT! Children are introduced to computers at the Kindergarden level.They recieve alot of homework even at this age. The school has recently gone to full-day kindergarden. For uppergraders teachers communicate with parents about home work assignments and student progress hrough BLACKBOARD.Both 4th and 6th graders receive Blog homework assignments. Sixth graders are expected to wear labcoats to science class and have uniforms for PE (3X week). I also appreciate the Anti-Bulling campaign. It provides a positive supportive environment especially for middle school kids. This school although publicly funded has the feel of a private school. I feel fortunate to have my children there.

  • (3 years ago)

    Overall it's a school that challenges and motivates students to do their best. The junior high laptop program is excellent but costly and most of the teachers genuinely care about the student's education. We have very talented teachers but like any school there are a few that should not be there. The older students work well with the younger students in the "big buddy" program for 3rd 6th and 8th grades. Junior high students are well insulated from the problems they might face at a typical junior high (drugs smoking etc.). If your child is academically gifted he or she will thrive at this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I completely disagree!!! My child still gets computer time 2 days per week. Computer problems?!?!?! My child has no problems taking readong counts test and as for JiJi we have had no issues. I am wondering if this is an isolated issue and you are taking it out on the school?

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