a Premier Educational Institution in the Baton Rouge Community
- Welcome to McKinley Senior High School
- Our Program
- Who Can Attend McKinley High School?
- Gifted/Talented Students
- Great Scholars Academy students
Welcome to McKinley Senior High School
McKinley’s long history as a premier educational institution in the Baton Rouge community continues into the twenty-first century. Academics are the main focus of the educational experience at McKinley. Our students have opportunities to follow curricula for jobs and for college preparation. Traditional high school courses are offered in addition to a curriculum for the academically gifted and talented. McKinley also offers courses for those students designated as talented in visual and performing arts. Arts have an important place in the curriculum. Courses in music, dance, theater and visual arts are offered to all students.
McKinley has a long history as a premier educational institution in the Baton Rouge community. Academics are the main focus of the educational experience at McKinley. Our students have opportunities to follow curricula for jobs and for college preparation. Traditional high school courses are offered in addition to a curriculum for the academically gifted and talented. McKinley also offers courses for those students designated as talented in visual and performing arts. Arts have an important place in the curriculum. Courses in music, dance, theater and visual arts are offered to all students.
Who Can Attend McKinley High School?
Prospective students must live in McKinley High’s attendance zone or participate in one of our specialized programs. To determine your attendance zone, go to www.ebrschools.org and click on the School and Bus Route Finder at the bottom of the home page. Or, call the EBRPSS transportation department at 225-226-3784
McKinley has been home to the Gifted/Talented program for decades. The Gifted Program is an educational program in which classes provide a high degree of complexity and extend beyond the prescribed curriculum offered in regular classes. Classes are taught by teachers certified in Gifted Education and have a reduced class size in order to individualize each student’s educational program. The Talented Arts Program is an educational program for students identified as talented in visual arts, music or theater. Classes provided in these disciplines are designed to provide experiences that enable the talented student to further develop demonstrated skills, increase discipline knowledge, and grow as an artist.
Great Scholars Academy is an accelerated program with highly qualified teachersand a rigorous curriculum for middle and high school students in East Baton Rouge Parish School System. This program parallels the gifted program however Great Scholars students are placed in separate classes from the gifted students. Students must maintain an un-weighted overall 2.5 GPA or higher to continue in the program.
Here at McKinley, we provide a variety of athletic opportunities that will aid inthe overall development of our students. Participation in athletics will provide students with a significant opportunity to become involved with other students and their coaches in an educational experience that takes place outside of the classroom. Teamwork, dedication, sportsmanship, and dependability are some basic characteristics that we encourage through our sports programs.
Who should take the ACT? All college bound students.
Is there a cost, and how do I register to take the ACT? All juniors will take the ACT for free in March of their junior year. To take it other times, go to act.org to sign-up. The fee is $42.50. You may be eligible for a fee waiver. See guidance.
Why should I take the ACT as a freshman or sophomore? To be eligible to sign-up for Dual Enrollment classes, and to begin tracking my growth on the ACT in order to be eligible for college admission and scholarships.
How can I prepare for the ACT? Take the most rigorous classes you can, pay attention in all classes, and sign-up for an ACT preparation class. McKinley is currently offering free ACT preparation every Monday and Tuesday from 2:30-5:15 for free. Parent is responsible for transportation.
Many students and parents do not realize that ACT scores provide the key to unlock college success and scholarships. The national average ACT score falls between 20-21. Southern, Southeastern, and LSU all require minimum ACT scores, ranging from 20-24, with those scores scheduled to increase over the next few years. Scholarship offers begin with ACT scores of 25 and increase as the scores get higher. ACT identifies the minimum college-readiness scores (the minimum score at which you are likely to be ready for and complete college) as follows: English 18; social sciences 21; math 22; science 24.