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Winterberry School

Charter | K-8 | 200 students

 

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Posted October 2, 2013

"For Waldorf teachers, math is often one of the more difficult subjects to teach. On the one hand, memories of our own school days can cloud our view of the developmental needs of the child; while on the other hand, Steiner's many indications do not form a cohesive structure for the math curriculum. Thus, many different ways of teaching were developed during Waldorf pedagogy's seventy-year history. This diversity underscores the responsibility each teacher carries for his/her lessons. This guide does not intend in any way to diminish this responsibility, but seeks to contribute to a unified view of Steiner indications for a developmentally appropriate math curriculum. Our approach may differ from existing ones, mainly in directly and quickly beginning math activities and avoiding pictures when introducing the numbers. Other differences may exist as well." -Ernst Schuberth is a mathematician, Waldorf high school teacher, and Waldorf teacher educator.


Posted September 11, 2013

We have truly enjoyed watching our children grow as confident and courageous citizens of the school and their community. We have watched them blossom in way we never imagined. The teachers have such a love for their students and for the students'n families that it makes learning a real joy. We are so thankful to be a part of the Winterberry community and look forward to all of our children having a wonderful Winterberry experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

Our experience was that asking the wrong questions gets you taken off the "list". Basically we asked questions about how Rudolph Steiner and Anthroposophy inspire this public school. What we experienced was that all parents do NOT receive equal treatment or equal communication from the school at the discretion of the leadership. It has been an experience of not being treated with dignity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2011

Grandkids love school at Winterberry. They are involved in their classes and excited about learning!


Posted January 7, 2010

Great school. Art based curriculum with plenty of real life practical experience to go along with school work. Very hands on learning and the kids stay with the teachers year after year. We cannot say enough positive things for the teachers and principal who have helped our son with a learning disability grow and mature.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Winterberry Public School is a wonderful arts based curriculum and a special community of educators and families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

It is the greatest school we have been part of.Parent imvolvement is very strong and it has a wonderful very supportive and involved community. The children are truly nurtured in their individual talents.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2011.

27 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
54%

2008

 
 
17%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2011.

27 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
58%

2008

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2011.

27 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
63%

2008

 
 
21%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2011.

25 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
41%

2008

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2011.

25 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
50%

2008

 
 
>90%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

27 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
21%

2008

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2011.

26 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
46%

2008

 
 
87%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

24 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
67%

2008

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2011.

23 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
>=90%

2008

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2011.

24 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
>=90%

2008

 
 
72%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

27 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
55%

2008

 
 
>80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2011.

27 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
>=90%

2009

 
 
>=90%

2008

 
 
>80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

27 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
>=90%

2009

 
 
70%

2008

 
 
64%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2011.

7 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
58%

2009

 
 
55%

2008

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2011.

2011

 
 
>=60%

2010

 
 
>=80%

2009

 
 
64%

2008

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2011.

7 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
55%

2008

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2011.

2011

 
 
>=75%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a

2008

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2011.

2011

 
 
>=75%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a

2008

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2011.

8 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a

2008

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 77% in 2011.

2011

 
 
>=75%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a

2008

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students78%
Female58%
Male>=80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female75%
Male60%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students89%
Female>=80%
Male>=80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students72%
Female67%
Male>=60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female78%
Male57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students52%
Female53%
Male50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students85%
Female>=80%
Male>=75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students63%
Female54%
Male73%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female>=80%
Male>=80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged>=90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students75%
Female77%
Male73%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students56%
Female60%
Male53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities<=40%
Students without disabilities70%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female>=80%
Male71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities>=90%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students63%
Female>=80%
Male47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities<=40%
Students without disabilities75%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students43%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White<=40%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students>=60%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=60%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged>=60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students57%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=60%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students>=75%
Femalen/a
Male>=60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=60%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged>=75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=60%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students>=75%
Femalen/a
Male>=60%
Native Americann/a
White>=60%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged>=75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=60%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students63%
Femalen/a
Male<=40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=60%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=60%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students>=75%
Femalen/a
Male>=60%
Native Americann/a
White>=60%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged>=75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=60%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 52%
Hispanic 11% 6%
Two or more races 8% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 6% 23%
Black 2% 4%
Asian 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Opera
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • German
  • Russian
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • German
  • Russian

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Cross country
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Opera
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
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508 West 2nd Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 742-4980

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