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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
McKay High School is a public school located in Salem, OR. It has 2,317 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 27% of students are at least proficient in math and 59% in reading.
Address
2440 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305
Telephone
(503) 399-3080

McKay High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
59%
Percent Proficient - Math
27%
Average Graduation Rate
72%
Average SAT
1040
146 responses
Average ACT
20
72 responses
AP Enrollment
19%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$49,126
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$819
National
$949
Median Home Value
$188,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
69%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.32 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.32 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 88 responses
Report
  • The football and basketball home games!
    18%
  • The crazy intense spirit
    16%
  • Senior Run
    14%
  • Talent show
    14%
  • The sports and actives outside of school.
    9%
  • Theatre
    8%
  • Concerts (i.e. band, orchestra, choir)
    7%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,317
Free or Reduced Lunch
83%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.35 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.35 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.35 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$55,883
Teachers in First/Second Year
16%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.46 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.46 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.46 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,706/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.55 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.55 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.55 responses
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So far, I've been a McKay student for 4 years, I'm going on to my senior year. McKay is a great school to attend! The diversity rate is very high and there's rarely any complications within the school. The teachers are very helpful in teaching and they're very good at clarifying too. Their attitudes are great towards students and other colleagues. Learning wise, McKay offers a variety of electives that aren't present in other Salem-Keizer School District schools. We are also known for helping the community out. Our school spirit is fantastic and we're very passionate about going to McKay.
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I love that I was able to attend McKay! There are so many opportunities for students to participate in what they're interested in, a wonderfully diverse student body, and perhaps my favorite part, the caring teachers. Being a transgender student, I have never once felt unwelcome or that I didn't belong when interacting with my teachers or asking them to use my pronouns, which I understand is not the case everywhere. Teachers here are always respectful to students, and many take the time to get to know their students. I think McKay is a fantastic place that any student would be lucky to attend.
McKay High is such a diverse school where everyone is accepted as who they are and filled with the most spirited students! This school is full of amazing clubs and activities that anyone is looking for. In the past 4 years of being a student here, i have been helped by the most hard working teachers and staff, willing to do anything to see you succeed. Overall, McKay really is a great high school to be yourself.