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Student Data Analysis
McNary High School, Keizer-Salem School District, Oregon U.S.A.
As of 2013, Keizer had a population of just 37.000 citizens. The town is known for things like it's annual Iris Festival, where a parade of iris flowers travels through the streets.
1 out of 1,256 schools in Oregon, McNary High School is located in the small town of Keizer.
Keizer does not have its own school district.
In 1955, Keizer School District #88 and Salem School District # 24CJ merged to form the Salem Keizer School District. The population of the district is 241,766, with 42,540 of those citizens being students aged 5-17. Roughly 15% of the total population is spread out over 8 high schools, although only one of them is located within Keizer limits.
Currently, at McNary...
2,096 Enrolled Students
78.0 Teachers
Ratio of 27:1
McNary High School is the only upper secondary level public school in Keizer. As a result, all youths within town limits, in grades 9-12, attend this school.
2,096 vs 395
The average school size for an upper secondary level school in Oregon is 395 students. This makes McNary HS one of the largest high schools in the entire state. The Keizer/Salem School District itself is the 2nd largest district in Oregon.
VS America
How does McNary stack up to other schools? Not only does McNary have a significantly higher ratio of students per teacher than other schools in Oregon (21.50:1), it also has a much higher average vs schools in the USA in general. The average for all U.S. high schools is 15.30:1, meaning classes at McNary have around an extra dozen students enrolled.
What sort of students attend McNary High School? Who is represented among these hundreds of teenagers, and what achievements have they accomplished over the years?
Student Demographics
Native Languages
An English language learner (often capitalized as English Language Learner or abbreviated to ELL) is a person who is learning the English language in addition to his or her native language.
Special Education is a school catering for students who have special educational needs due to severe learning difficulties, physical disabilities or behavioural problems. Special schools may be specifically designed, staffed and resourced to provide appropriate special education for children with additional needs.
Gender Statistics
In McNary, 53% of the student body is male; 47% is female. In Oregon, the average is 51% male to 49% female.
"Female students graduate high school at a higher rate than male students. Nationally, 72 percent of female students graduated, compared with 65 percent of male students."
With a division of 53% male and 47% female, the 2016 senior class of 488 students could project graduation of 168 males and 164 females, a total 68% of the senior class.
Graduation Rates
Between the years of 2010-2014 in Keizer, 88.9% of citizens were high school diploma holders, vs 89.5% on average in Oregon.
McNary had a graduation rate of 82% as of 2014. Although the majority of students completed their four-year high school education, 18% failed to do so. Also, in the last three years graduation rates have fallen, from 84% to 82%, meaning McNary is below the average for schools within the district and within the state.
The graduation rate for caucasian students is 87%, while the graduation rates for other ethnicities are lower. Asian and Native American/Alaskan rates fall below the state standard of 72%, with only 50% of represented minorities graduating.
7,881 out of 42,540 students aged 5-17 were living in poverty in 2008. 58% of those students attended schools in the Keizer/Salem District.
Economic Circumstances
Children from families with incomes at or below 130% of the poverty level are eligible for free meals through the National School Lunch Program. Roughly 45% of McNary students qualified for this program, slightly higher than Oregon but lower than the rest of Keizer.
Ethnic Distribution
41% of McNary's student body is made up of minorities (non-whites). The distribution is shown in the table to the right. McNary's ethnic backgrounds and distribution are roughly equivalent to other schools in the district.
Around 1200 students at McNary are white (caucasian). This is also typical of schools in the district, and similar to ethnic backgrounds in the state of Oregon.
Keizer VS Oregon: Ethnic & Racial Backgrounds
Population: 3,970,239 Persons Under 18: 22.6% White:  78.5% Black or African-American:  1.8% American Indian or Alaskan Native:  1.4% Asian:  3.7% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:  0.3% Two or More Races:  3.8% Hispanic or Latino:  11.7%
Population: 37,303 Persons Under 18: 27.3% White:  75.1% Black or African-American: 0.8% American Indian or Alaskan Native:  1.3% Asian: 1.6% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.6% Two or More Races:4.1% Hispanic or Latino:  18.3%
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Mcnary High School in Keizer, Oregon. (n.d.). Retrieved June 02, 2016, from Table 1: 2008 School district estimates Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Estimates Branch Release date: 11.2009. (n.d.). Retrieved June 02, 2016, from Population estimates, July 1, 2015, (V2015). (n.d.). Retrieved June 02, 2016, from,4138500 McNary High School Overview. (n.d.). Retrieved June 02, 2016, from Mcnary High School. (n.d.). Retrieved June 02, 2016, from Salem-Keizer Public Schools. (n.d.). Retrieved June 02, 2016, from