McKinley Classical Leadership Academy Middle and High School

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  • ANNOUNCEMENT: 8th Grade Dance and Promotion 

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  • Congratulations to our National Spanish Exam award winners. ¡Vamos bichos dorados! Back row left to right: Seamus Heaney (Silver), Luz Mendoza (Bronze), LJ Cameron (Gold), Margot Carroll (Honorable Mention/HM), Sophie Evans (HM), Helen Grant (HM), Kirby Patterson (HM), Tillie Melton (HM), Lillian Cannon (HM), Evan Strosahl (Bronze), Sammy Abernathy (Bronze); Front row left to right: Gabriel Brown (HM), Daniel Bui (HM), Adam Hassen (Silver), Paige Hawthorne (HM), Lucy Buchanan (Silver), Rosalie Allen (Silver), Kate Bihr (Gold), Liv Jones (HM); Not pictured: Alexa Parsons-Mentel (Silver) and Sophia Dickhoff (HM)

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  • TeenTown for McKinley middle school students is coming soon.....


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  • Are you an incoming 6th grader or have already been accepted to McKinley for 6th grade during our next school year?  Be sure to attend our Meet and Greet!


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  • Choir Takes Top Awards @ District 11

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  • New policy: No Cell Phone Bell-to-Bell

    McKinley has instituted a new No Cell Phone Bell-to-Bell Policy.  This policy will go into effect on February 26, 2024.

    McKinley Classical (Middle and High School) Leadership Academy

    No Phone Policy: Bell-to-Bell

    POLICY EFFECTIVE DATE: February 26, 2024

    Policy Statement:

    At McKinley Classical (Junior) Leadership Academy, we recognize the importance of maintaining an environment conducive to learning, focused on academic growth, and fostering interpersonal skills. In alignment with these principles, the school institutes a no-phone policy from bell-to-bell during school hours. This policy aims to minimize distractions, enhance student engagement, and promote a culture of attentiveness and respect within the learning environment.

    Policy Guidelines:

    1. Prohibition of Phone Usage:
      • Students are prohibited from using mobile phones during class time, from the moment the bell rings to begin class until the bell rings to dismiss class.
      • The use of phones for any purpose, including texting, calling, social media, gaming, or internet browsing, is strictly prohibited during instructional time (including restroom breaks during class).  Students may use their phone during passing periods, lunch, and with teacher permission.  Students should be mindful that on-time attendance to class and late arrival will result in a tardy mark to classes.
    1. Consequences for Violation:
      • First and Second Instances: Upon the first instance of phone usage during prohibited hours, the student will receive a verbal warning from their teacher.  A second instance will result in a parent contact via email and/or phone.
      • Third Instance: The student will be assigned a lunch detention to be served within three days of the violation. During this detention, the student will reflect on the importance of adhering to the school's policies and guidelines (the student is required to eat their lunch in the detention room).  The teacher will email the parent notice of the lunch detention.
      • Fourth Instance: The child will be referred to an administrator, their phone will be confiscated, and the parent/guardian will be required to come to the school to retrieve the student's phone.

    Policy Implementation:

    • Classroom teachers and school staff will actively monitor students to ensure compliance with the no-phone policy, through aggressive monitoring of student engagement.
    • Any observed instances of phone usage during prohibited hours will be documented promptly, and consequences will be applied consistently in accordance with the outlined guidelines.
    • The teacher will maintain communication with parents/guardians regarding their child's adherence to the policy and any consequent disciplinary actions.  On the fourth incident, the school administration will communicate with the parent.


    The no-phone policy at McKinley Classic (Junior) Leadership Academy is essential for fostering an environment where students can thrive academically and develop essential interpersonal skills. Through the consistent implementation of this policy and the associated consequences for violations, we aim to uphold the highest standards of conduct and respect within our school community.

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  • NJHS Applications Now Available

    Applications for membership in the National Junior Honor Society are now available and will be accepted until March 15.   

    Applications may be picked up in Mr. Greenlee's room on the 2nd floor.


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  • Senior Dues and Activities

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  • Call for Middle School Yearbook Photos, please submit your photos...


    Yearbook Photo Request

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  • Request Middle School records for students applying to high school(s)

    Please complete the form located at to request your child's records to be sent for high school admissions consideration to SLPS schools and/or non-SLPS schools.

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  • McKinley Middle School Admissions Requirements

    Admissions to McKinley Middle School are determined by the SLPS Gifted Education Office in Collaboration with the SLPS Recruitment and Retention Office. 

    Please contact the Recruitment and Retention Office for questions related to the Application Process


    Contact the SLPS Gifted Education Office for More Information about Having your Child tested for Eligibility for Gifted Education Services

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  • McKinley High School Admissions Information

    McKinley Classical Leadership Academy-              2156 Russell 63104  

    Office: 314-773-0027   Fax: 314-244-1833 

    Contacts: Dr. Kaylan Holloway-Principal               Dr. Julie Metzger-Asst. Principal         

    Email to:                                  


    • Completed Magnet Application with McKinley selected as First or Second Choice 

    Eighth Grade McKinley CJA Middle students must apply for the McKinley high school program and meet all requirements listed. 

    • Copy of 6th, 7th and current 8th grade report cards. 
    • MINIMUM Acceptable Grade in all core classes (Math, English, Science, Social Studies) is a C, A and B grades preferred.  With a C grade, student must be proficient or advanced in Communications Arts and Mathematics MAP Scores, or 50th percentile or higher on national normed standardized achievement test. 
    • No out of school or in school suspensions one year prior to admission. In school suspensions may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  
    • 90% or higher attendance rate in the year prior to applying to McKinley. 
    • Applicants must score at or above the 50th percentile level on a standardized test, and in all sub-areas of the test. 
    • One teacher and one administrator letter of recommendation. McKinley 8th graders only need to submit one teacher recommendation. 
    • Administrative Admissions Interview for students which includes a writing prompt essay portion.
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  • Read more about McKinley Classic Leadership Academy's ranking in US News and World Reports.

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  • CLICK HERE for the 2023-2024 A/B Class Calendar

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  • Request a copy of your high school transcript by clicking HERE.

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