The McKinley Elementary School is a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school located in the North Ward of Newark, New Jersey. The school prides itself on the belief that all children can excel. Their program centers on powerful learning strategies that address our varied population. A multi- faceted school structure has been designed at McKinley to create a school environment that allows students to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. This strategically planned structure includes an early childhood program, a standard-based elementary and middle school programs, special education classes, and bilingual program. All of these programs are infused with a state of art technology instruction that is afforded daily. A common thread woven throughout all of our programs is the infusion of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. These standards guide the entire instructional program and prepare our students for future success in High School and beyond. Of the 910 students, 86% are eligible for free or reduced lunch.