About This School
In 2011, McPherson Elementary School had 17 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Illinois average is 16 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
Student Ethnicity (2011)
Students Per Teacher (2011)
Subsidized Lunch (2011)
District Spending (2010)
All Grades Composite Performance
McPherson Elementary School Reviews
(My review is admittedly not very well-informed, but I wanted to go on record nonetheless.)
We just moved to the neighborhood and I can tell you some of our neighbors are VERY passionate about how great this school is. They say the school suffers from a lack of PR efforts.
I walk by on my daily commute, and I can tell you that the grounds are always very well maintained. We plan to tour in the Fall.
After living in the neighborhood a few months, I have basically only met two types of reviewers for this school: 1) those who have never visited it and tell me I need to be looking for ways to get into Bell, and 2) those who send their kids there and speak very highly of it.
Don't let the numbers tell the whole story! Yes, there are advancement difficulties for the students at this school, but if you look closely, most are economically disadvantaged, and many have English as their second language. The standardized tests are in English, right? I took my child out of a school that prized its standardized scores so much, they started teaching the test in November every year. My son is actually learning at McPherson, instead of just knowing how to answer test questions. The staff is intuitive, passionate and committed to helping each child learn how to learn--something standardized tests DON'T measure. My child is one of the bright ones, always doing well on his tests--I'm just glad he can tell me how chemistry relates to cooking and the cultural differences of basic recipes. He never had this kind of passion for learning before and it's great to see him open up.
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