School Details

McRae Elementary School

609 West McRae, Searcy, AR 72143
(501) 268-3936

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-4 & ungraded 484 students 13 students/teacher (AR avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade


Benchmark Exams (BE)

In 2011-2012 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Searcy School District average
  • Arkansas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

McRae Elementary School is a public elementary school in Searcy. 484 students attend McRae Elementary School and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 63% of the 484 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at McRae Elementary School is 13:1. Southwest Middle School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 76% 79%
Multiracial 5% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0%
Asian 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63% 45%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    New this year to this school and have been very pleased with the education my children have received. When extra help was needed it was given full attention. Both of my children love this school and all their teachers.

  • (2 years ago)

    If you are new to this area or simply uninformed about the greatness of McRae Elementary School please come visit and meet our Christian principal and the caring and professional teachers at our campus. Mrs. Susan Stokes

  • (2 years ago)

    If you are moving with in Searcy or to Searcy avoid this school! The teachers act as though they are doing you & your child a favor just by showing up to work. The principal doesn't have any control over the way teachers treat the students. In the years that my child attended this school I heard teachers make fun of students gripe about their jobs and sit at their computers day in and day out. I actually heard a Kindergarten teacher tell her student "I don't want to see your face tomorrow!" The principal spends his time looking the other way and trying to brush any complaints under the rug. He allows teachers that work at his school to request certain teachers for their own children but will not allow this from other parents. The principal's own children don't even attend Searcy public schools. They attend private school. This used to be a great school but it's been on a downhill slide for several years now and at this point it's a disgrace to the city of Searcy as we generally pride ourselves on having great schools.

  • (3 years ago)

    I do not feel my child received a quality education at this school. Many of the teachers clearly do not enjoy their jobs and look like they would rather be almost anywhere but there. There are a few good teachers at the school but as a parent I felt like every year we were rolling the dice on my child's education praying he was able to get into a "good" teacher's classroom. We moved here from another district where my son attended pre-k and Kindergarten. He began attending McRae at the beginning of his first grade year. I watched him go from a child excited about school to a child who begged to stay home. It was AWFUL! I could not be more thankful that fourth grade was moved to the middle school! I can see a world of difference in his entire attitude about school he is learning so much and is once again happy to get up in the morning and head out for a great day at SWMS! His teacher has that wonderful balance of caring for her students and providing quality hands on education while maintaining excellent classroom management. We NEVER had a teacher like that at McRae and I can only think of a handful at the entire school that do have that balance.

  • (6 years ago)

    McRae is a wonderful school! The teachers really care about the students. The curriculum is great! Students are taught to their needs. The school has a diverse group of students. The faculty is very open to parental involvement from volunteering in the office to volunteering in your child's classroom. The school wants parent's involvement! The principal's door is always open and the school is willing to work with parents for the best education they can help give your children. McRae is a great school!

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has a very poor curriculum. We recently moved here from north Texas and the schools here are about 3 grade levels behind.

  • (9 years ago)

    My child has been going to Mc Rae for 4 years now and the teachers have been wonderful. My daughter loves her teachers thanks Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. faith .You truley love your kids and love teaching. Mrs Booer the music teacher is so much fun my kids come home laughing and singing. Thanks for caring so much for our children. God Bless From A Thankful Parent.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a great school with caring teachers and administration. They care about the learning environment in each classroom. I would encourage anyone to attend this school. Mrs. Thomas (Kindergarten teacher) is superb!!

  • (10 years ago)

    Mrs. Haney first grade teacher is one of the best teachers I have ever seen.

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(based on 12 ratings & reviews)

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