McKinley promotes a positive learning environment for students by implementing a variety of programs practices. Exemplary behavior is recognized with positive comments, awards, stickers, and public recognition. Students are honored at recognition assemblies, which are attended by students and families. Our wonderful staff provides opportunities for students to learn good work habits, develop problem-solving skills, resolve conflicts, and enhance self-esteem. In addition to the district's Facts for Parents handbook, McKinley has a parent-student handbook that is sent to parents every September.
To ensure each student receives an appropriate level of individual attention and support, class sizes are kept as small as possible. In grades K-3, each class has a maximum of 24 students. This is possible in part through funding provided by California’s K–3 Class Size Reduction program which began in 1996.
The mixture of cultures and languages of our students results in diverse classrooms and additional opportunities for learning, teamwork and appreciation of one another.
Fundamental to McKinley is our concern for students, both individually and collectively. We believe that: