McKinley Community School
McKinley Community School is a multicultural Pre K through eighth grade school located in New Brunswick. With an enrollment of 650 students and a dedicated and highly qualified staff, McKinley Community School offers several opportunities for our students to explore academic and extracurricular experiences.We value the input of all of our stakeholders, students, staff, parents, and community, and work together to bring out the the best in our students.
In addition to implementing a rigorous standards based curriculum with the aide of effective research based instructional strategies, common planning time, data analysis and Student Led Conferences, McKinley Community School offers several opportunities for students to be involved in S.T.E.M., Environmental Studies, Leadership and Civic activities. Students participate in our AVID Classes, RIME Program, Safety Patrol, Student Council and Nurture thru Nature with Rutgers University.
Armed with a new Vision - McKinley Community School’s mission is to Prepare, Empower, and Inspire lifelong learners and leaders. Students develop problem- solving and critical thinking skills and learn to apply them to complex challenges.
Technology is a vital part of our students’ learning. Every student in Grades 3 through Grade 8, has access to a personal laptop which is used in their academic lessons. Google applications are utilized throughout the curriculum ensuring our students technology competent as well as technological responsibility.
Our Social Emotional Learning program focuses on the importance of building character and community. We encourage this with our monthly character focus as well as Caught Showing Good Character initiative. Students are recognized by all adults in the building when they engage in acts of Good Character.
In addition to our academic program, students participate in a wide variety of activities. Some activities for which our students can choose from are: Yearbook, Read Across America, Spelling Bee, Multiplication March Madness, March Attendance Madness, Winter and Spring Music Concerts, Chorus, Athletic Sports Teams, Academic Fair/Arts Festival, 100 Book Challenge as well as clubs during our school Club Day.
Parents and the community are vital to the success of our students. The PTA works collaboratively with our faculty to solidify our partnership in educating our children. The PTA continues to sponsor events such as the Book Fair, Clothing Drive, Eighth Grade Picnic and end of the year class trips. We are proud of that tradition of excellence at McKinley Community School and continue in our work to Prepare, Empower, and Inspire lifelong learners and leaders.
Janene M. Rodriguez, Principal
McKinley Community School