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Waddell School

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Posted April 3, 2014

Both of my children have gone through Waddell with our oldest in fifth grade this year. We could not have asked for a better elementary school experience. The teachers get that everyone learns differently and most go above and beyond to make sure their students have the best education. The specials teachers are amazingly talented and have fostered a love of all arts in both my kids. The skills they have learned beyond academics will take them to adulthood as respectful, kind, questioning people who want to help others and always do their best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

I have 2 kids in Waddell at this point and have had nothing but a positive experience. My kids look forward to going to school each day and love their teachers and have made some really good friends. We have an amazing staff and I feel confident each day I drop my kids off that they are in a safe, caring community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Waddell School is a wonderful school for the K-5 grades. Teachers are incredible and students are phenomenal. The PTA is very active in the community and the school and always ensure all parents are on board with events! Our school events this year have totaled almost 3/4 if not more of the entire school population. Waddell isn't just a school; it's an extended family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

Waddell Elementary school is an amazing school. The teachers and staff are so dedicated to making sure every child gets the beat education they can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

I have been involved with this school for 5 years now. The teachers are great, the students are great. The PTA is very active and work very closely with the teachers to better our school. Our playground is very small and some things are out of code. Kindergarten and first grade are the only kids that play on it once in a while because it is just to small for all the students. We have handicapped students and there is only one swing for them with no easy access to get around. There are also some parts that are rusting and just recently a safety rail rusted out and broke off. We would love to see our playground safe for all of the children in our community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

I am the principal of this school and feel as if I am the luckiest man alive. I enjoy going to work everyday because I get to work with the best students, the best staff and the best families! The teachers are so dedicated, the students are so friendly, and the families are so supportive. I have only been there a short time, but have been welcomed into the family as if I have worked there for years! I am excited for the future at Waddell School!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 4, 2013

Waddell Elementary School is Amazing! I give it 5! With new principal, Mr. Moynihan, our school is on it's way to being an even safer environment for our children. The schools' teachers, staff and parents are a wonderful asset to the school community with all of our main goals being to ensure our children are attending a fantastic school! The schools' PTA is a very active part of the school working with parents, teachers, students to close the gap between school and home. Project playground is underway to provide for a safer activity area for children of all ages. Security measures are being done this year to ensure the safety of our children. Curriculum and Literacy Coaches are in classrooms to help the children. I love Waddell!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

My child and I are new to this school, but not the Manchester school system. So far, I am impressed by my child's teacher, Ms. Golino, as she is very enthusiastic and seems to inspire my child to learn. The new principal, Mr. M is very friendly, outgoing and seems to have the children's best interests in mind. My kiddo speaks very highly of him. The PTA is active and a vital part of the school's community. I also recommend the Club MELC before/afterschool program for parents who need it. It is reasonably priced and provides structured routine for the kids during my working hours.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

I cannot describe how pleased my wife and I are with Waddell. The Faculty and staff are absolutely fantastic. My two children actually look forward to going to school everyday. The School's policy regarding respect of self, school and others really resonates with my children. I am so proud of the honest, articulate and happy people they are growing into. We always have tried to instill these things and the atmosphere Waddell promotes compliments our approach perfectly. They really go out of their way to make sure each child learns to the best of their ability and gains confidence in themselves. We are so lucky to have Waddell as out neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

I think Waddell is doing a great job! I like the new principal and think he has some great ideas for our school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2010

I give this school all 5 stars. More if I could. Principal Axselson has an amazing staff who do an incredible job. I am very happy to have my son go to a school where he is getting the best education, guidance, and friendships.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2008

I have found this school to be exceptional, my boys have been attending for 3 years and the teachers are very caring and very involved. Lunch bunch days gives me a chance to spend time individually with my children because I have four children it is hard to find quality time to spend individually with them. and the principal is not only English speaking but also speaks spanish fluently.
—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.

About these ratings

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 83% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students76%
Femalen/a
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%

Reading

All Students62%
Femalen/a
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%

Writing

All Students66%
Femalen/a
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students82%
Female80%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%

Reading

All Students69%
Female72%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%

Writing

All Students68%
Female80%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students84%
Female79%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%

Reading

All Students75%
Female74%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%

Science

All Students86%
Female82%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%

Writing

All Students92%
Female89%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 39% 61%
Hispanic 20% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 4%
Black 16% 13%
Two or more races 8% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Manchester, CT 06040
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