2021-2022 Choice Process

With the COVID Pandemic, our Choice Process will need to look a little different this year.

DPS School Choice

School Tours

We are unable to host traditional school tours this year. Instead, we have created a virtual tour:

Frequently Asked Questions

What should boundary/Enrollment parents to know about the school?

Parents should know that McMeen has a longstanding reputation as a traditional elementary school with a diverse student and teacher population. We set the bar high for student engagement, excellence in instructional strategies and social emotional well being of our students.  

What makes McMeen unique?  

McMeen is unique because we are a neighborhood school that serves a very diverse population. We have a wide variety of languages spoken by students and families at our school. As a result of this, we have developed programming that supports students in both Arabic and Spanish. To do this, we provide native-language tutors in Arabic and English as a Second Language interventions for students. We have also implemented a dual-language strand with instruction in both Spanish and English.  We are the only school that offers a dual language program in the Southeast.

This level of support extends beyond language to support students with both academics and social-emotional needs. In terms of academics, we provide a wide variety of programming that supports specific student needs including SpEd, Intervention, and Gifted and Talented. To support students’ social-emotional needs, we have employed a very large team of people. This includes a full-time Counselor, Social Worker, and two full-time Behavior Support Specialists.

What is the school’s main focus? How does that show up in the classroom?

McMeen’s primary focus is on providing high-quality and rigorous instruction for all students. This means an intense focus on determining student needs and supporting students where they are at academically, linguistically, and/or socially-emotionally. In the classroom, you will see students constantly engaging in rigorous lessons, conversations, small group instruction, and differentiation. Additionally, students are constantly working together to practice social and problem-solving skills.

I noticed ECE enrollment over 5 years has dropped from mid 40s to mid 20s what is the reason behind this?

Around that time we went from 4 ECE classrooms to 2, based on the number of classrooms available.  Because of our new dual language program we are back up to three classrooms and enrollment should be in the 40s again.

How have you handled remote schooling: what has worked, what would they change if they could?

At McMeen we put student and family emotional well being as a top priority for remote learning.  We host daily Social Emotional lessons, morning meetings, and guidance counselor lead weekly lessons to allow students a place to _______.  Academic excellence continued to be a top priority as well. Teachers at McMeen continued to plan collaboratively across grade level teams, and vertically with multiple grade levels.  Sharing ideas within our school created a learning community that allowed for flexibility, rigor and student choice.  In order to ease transition between in person and remote learning McMeen students and teachers follow the same schedules whether learning at school or from home. 

Contact

Reach out to mcmeen_elementary@dpsk12.org with any questions you have.

You can also visit the DPS School Choice page at https://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org