Deer Creek-Mackinaw Community Unit School District No. 701 is an above average, public school district located in Mackinaw, IL. It has 1,063 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 44% of students are at least proficient in math and 49% in reading.
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Deer Creek-Mackinaw Community Unit School District No. 701 Reviews
Although the small atmosphere of the school was very welcoming, its academic and college readiness programs need work. There are hardly any AP classes to help students earn college credit, and the school offers little to no information about potential possibilities for students after high school. The lack of diversity is also prominent, and because of it, there have been various incidents of students belittling others who look "different." While some clubs are offered, the staff responsible for them don't put in nearly as much time or effort into them to make them worthwhile. This is because the staff in charge of them are already involved with other activities and school functions, and they are forced to choose one over the other. Any student with a familiar last name will receive special treatment. While Dee-Mack is filled with kind and hard-working teachers and students, it is overshadowed by the lack of acceptance for peers and little to no opportunity for college readiness.
Dee-Mack is in a small town, and has that small-town feel. Everyone knows everyone else, which has its pros and cons. The teachers really know your student, and care how they are doing. Most have been more than willing to give extra help when necessary. The high school principal is wonderful. There are not many academic activities offered, like National Honor Society, and Spanish is the only language offered. I would like to see more sports offered, specifically soccer.
The district focuses on athletics more than education. There are a few good classes but not many that can actually prepare students for the future. Also, there are not many AP classes to choose from.