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Principal: Jeanne Bentley

Assistant Principal: Christina Yokoyama

Enrollment:901

Grades:K-8


School Mission

The vision of McPherson Magnet School is to integrate all aspects of learning and education, by using a thematic teaching approach that focuses on science, mathematics, and technology. Our staff expects the students to utilize a variety of methods to demonstrate their leaning, to take risks, and to use productive skills. We are committed to:

  • Educating the whole child to reach their greatest potential
  • Valuing a range of learning styles
  • Utilizing a variety of learning tools and strategies
  • Extending the learning environment beyond the walls of the classroom
  • Encouraging students to become confident, lifelong learners

Principal's Message

McPherson was built as a junior high school in 1960 in a residential area on Prospect St. between Chapman and La Veta Avenues. The school sits on 24.2 acres. Due to declining enrollment, the school was closed in the late 1980’s. McPherson reopened in September, 1997, as a science, mathematics, and technology K-8 magnet school on the traditional academic calendar. Seven hundred eighty-seven students are enrolled in grades kindergarten through eighth during the 2006/2007 school year.

The vision of McPherson Magnet School is to integrate all aspects of learning and education, by using a thematic teaching approach that focuses on science, mathematics, and technology. Our staff expects the students to utilize a variety of methods to demonstrate their leaning, to take risks, and to use productive skills. We are committed to:

  • Educating the whole child to reach their greatest potential
  • Valuing a range of learning styles
  • Utilizing a variety of learning tools and strategies
  • Extending the learning environment beyond the walls of the classroom
  • Encouraging students to become confident, lifelong learners

Our vision is based on an appreciation and a celebration of the differences among us, as well as the cooperation that we employ as we work together to create a total learning environment for all. We value various ways that individuals learn. Our school is committed to providing a variety of experiences that allows the learners to discover their areas of greatest intellectual development.

The school’s focus and magnet area is in math, science, and technology. McPherson uses hands-on science kits in all grades to help students deepen their conceptual understanding in science. McPherson uses Everyday Mathematics in grades K-6 as a problem-solving math program. Geometry is offered to top 8th grade students. McPherson has a student owned laptop program in grades 7 and 8, and will be adding 6th grade next year. Students use their own laptops in all content areas and are supported with Blackboard.com.

This year, the McPherson staff identified writing across the curriculum as an area of instructional improvement. Students keep science notebooks, math journals, and social studies diaries. Teachers have been trained in Thinking Maps and there is continuity in writing K-8 with the writing programs Write from the Beginning andWrite for the Future.

Please take time to review our School’s Accountability Report Card carefully. If you have any questions or desire any further information, please call the office at (714) 997-6384.


principal Jeanne Bentley
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