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McKinley Elementary School

Who are we?

McKinley Elementary has served the families of Washington County since 1889. Existing as “McKinley School” within Washington County School District #81, McKinley joined the Beaverton School District in 1960.  Currently, McKinley’s boundaries serve approximately 630 tremendously diverse PK-5 students, continuing to be a gift from which we forge our identity:

  • 40% of students identify as Hispanic/Latino

  • 29% of students identify as White

  • 10% of students identify as Black

  • 9% of students identify as Asian

  • 9% of students identity as multiracial

  • 2% of students identify as Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

  • <1% of students identity as American Indian/Alaska Native

  • 26% of students are Ever English Learners with 29 languages spoken

One of the larger schools (by enrollment) in the District, McKinley is often defined by the volatility of student and staff mobility that necessitates an adaptability in serving our most vulnerable learners. Only exacerbated by a global pandemic for the better part of two years, our way forward comes with the understanding that the burden of change should always rest upon the adults in the community to meet the diverse needs of our learners.  To make this happen, the manner in which we engage each other as practitioners is evolving, two-fold.

First, at the core of our efforts is to reconnect students to their education in social emotional learning (SEL).  District priorities, supplemented with Title I resources have allowed McKinley to address the social emotional well-being of our students at a time we needed it most. In addition to (2) full-time counselors, we have (1) full-time Student Success Coach, (1) full-time Social Worker and a dedicated 7-hour instructional assistant, giving us (5) full-time staff members ready and responsive to the spectrum of needs that come to us from our students and families. Not only does this team directly support our students and families in a responsive fashion, a new curricular adoption will also lay the foundation for our team to assist our classroom teachers in a proactive approach. 

Second, the heart of our instructional vision is rooted in the collective efficacy of adults engaged in meaningful collaborative work, centered on student data.  Bolstered by Title I resources in addition to the District’s commitment to curricular adoptions that recognize the importance of student agency, inquiry, personal connection and meaning-making, we are equipped to better serve the diverse academic needs of our students with (3) Academic Coaches and (3) English Language Development Teachers. They are at the center of a transition to a literacy and language development model rooted in inclusion, starting with one simple question: Can the needs of a child be met within the K-5 classroom? 

  • If “yes”, DO IT

  • If “no”, we will supplement, but not at the expense of authentic and contextual learning within the K-5 classroom

It is expected this methodology will come with a share of trial and error in our journey, but this “all in” approach has been affirmed by subsequent recommendations of the District’s ELL delivery research project, but much like our approach with SEL, it comes with the understanding the most transformative interventions will be proactive and capacity-building at the classroom level with the adults who best know each learner.

McKinley’s parent community continues in stewardship, giving of time, talent, treasure and spirit in service of enriching the student and community experience; their generosity and partnership is indeed a gift, with an understanding that the success of our school is directly tied to the success of our most vulnerable and impacted learners.  To its core, the strength of McKinley is in our student diversity, the tireless educators and supportive parent community who work to ensure education is collaborative, responsive and relevant, while instilling the knowledge and skills that prepare our students for all that the 21st century has to offer.


Date of Last Revision: November 21, 2022.

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District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

WE Expect Excellence
  • WE teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.
  • WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.
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WE Innovate
  • WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.
  • WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.
WE Embrace Equity
  • WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.
  • WE provide needed support so that every student succeeds.
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WE Collaborate
  • WE work and learn in teams to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.
  • WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.