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B. W. Tinker School

Public | PK-5 | 568 students

 

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Posted October 11, 2013

Ok school.They really need to have an after school program that can help the kids with their homework!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Tinker is a great school.Teacher's are very caring and open to communication with parent's.Two of my children attended this school and now I have the privldge of my younger daughter going.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2011

My boys and I moved to Waterbury from another state. I have come to realize that the Waterbury School District is the WORST I have ever encountered. Most teachers are not very caring and give no personal attention to kids that need it until it's too late and so they end up pushing the child through the system becuase of age but all the while the child has not learned anything. B.W.Tinker was the better choice according to this website, but I would just like to say WRONG..! for the past 3years my kids have attended summer school yet they have no failing grades..? and the school has now fallen below average for the 3rd consecutive year in a row, I think Tinker teachers need to attend refresher classes. with the expection of Mrs.Padula,Mrs. Sangendorf, and Mrs. Elias whom seem to be right on track!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2008

My son is in Kindergarten, and he has learned so much already. His teacher is wonderful, the paraprofessional is great. My son has no complaints, he loves going to school. the apperance however is not good. The bathrooms are not updated, the building is falling apart, and there has been several problems with water, and sewage smell. The school is working on these though. I would recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

I have a daughter who went to this school, and I am happy to say that the school did a pretty good job in educating our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2005

My daughter transferred into tinker from barnard this year in kindergarten. She has been doing excellent and is really happy with the school and so are we. Parking is a big issue though, when you are dropping and picking up your child. If your considering sending your child there rest assure it's a great school. Lori capozzi
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2005

So far, in the 3 years my daughter has gone to Tinker, she's had good teachers and pretty good experiences. It would help a lot if they offered a language program - I understand they did at one point - but all in all, it seems to be pretty good. There are no extracurricular activities that I know of except Band/Orchestra, but that is offered during school hours. Nothing is done after school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

My two daughters went to Tinker and it is a fabulous school. From individual teachers that are wonderful to principal involvment to the concentrated effort of student test scores, Tinker is number 1. I do have a few suggestions. I wish they would add a before and after school program at the school that would greatly benefit the children and their parents and it would resolve the problem of child care when parents must work and it would provide an enviroment of safety and security for both the parents and students alike. Also, because it would be in the school building, where the children are used to a learning enviroment, it would encourage homework completion and group activities with fun learning themes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

They neeed to have more safety measures when students are traveling on the buses.
—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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students82%
Female85%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic89%
White82%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%

Reading

All Students61%
Female63%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic63%
White63%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%

Writing

All Students75%
Female85%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic83%
White71%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
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 Students79%
Female88%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%

Reading

All Students70%
Female82%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%

Writing

All Students79%
Female86%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
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 Students86%
Female93%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic78%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%

Reading

All Students68%
Female80%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic65%
White74%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%

Science

All Students81%
Female93%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%

Writing

All Students87%
Female95%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 38% 20%
White 38% 61%
Black 19% 13%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
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 73%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Computer specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

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

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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809 Highland Ave
Waterbury, CT 06708
Phone: (203) 574-8186

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