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Wauka Mountain Elementary School

Charter | PK-5

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 30, 2014

I have two daughters that both go to Wauka Mtn. Elementay. I must say it is a great school overall. I'm not particularly thrilled about the impact that charter has had but I think its like any other school. There is always room for improvement. But most of my daughters teachers really care about them and about making mpact on their lives. I do wish though, that the teaching was a little more hands on. The age that these kids are, their minds process information better with doing schoolwork hands on. Kids take info in so fast and so much that they have a hard time remembering. So if I had to say that improvements should be made in that area. Wauka Mtn is one of the best in the cty but is well capable of being thebest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2014

We have several levels of support, all the way from self-contained classes with low student-teacher ratios to tutoring before and after school, with various levels in between. We do what ever it takes to help the students succeed and do their best. We are followers of Wagners multiple intelligence belief, where not everyone is successful at the same thing, but everyone is successful at something! We offer numerous specialty classes that allow our students - ALL our students to find their area of exceptionality.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 25, 2013

I love this school. I feel honored to send my daughter there. I am 40 yrs. old. 2 of my sibling went to this school. I feel as though they teach my daughter with dignity and pride. Everyday she comes home with something new she has learned. I'm so proud of her. Couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2013

WAUKA MT. ELEMENTARY has been such a disappointment this year it is not even funny. EXTREMELY RUDE teacher, and no where near enough teaching by her or his alternate teacher. It got so bad, that when it came time for them to get on study island to prepare for the 3rd grade CRCT, he didn't know how because he couldn't get the password from his teacher. When he asked her, he told be she would find out, but never did. Even other students were trying to figure out what it might be. In the end I actually had to call the 800 number of that website to get it. UNACCEPTALBE! I have gotten the impression they are simply tired of dealing with him since he is special needs because of speech delay. He is extremely intelligent and can be easily underestimated, which they have done. They seem to concentrate more attention on students they don't have to work as hard with. Doesn't say much for the "I teach because I love it" cry they are always saying. Seriously considering moving him to another charter school where the teachers might actually care whether he gets a good education or not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2013

Such a disappointment. It is not the school it used to be. The charter has negatively impacted the quality of education. The children are no longer routinely exposed to art, music, computers or PE. Only if they take a speciality class that may fall under this category. The standards in these areas are not addressed. Two hours out of their days are into specialties where there are no grades, no accountability. The children are segregated by academic ability as well. They have little to no recess and the admin feels as if the one week they meet with the PE teacher is adequate. What are they missing from their academic day that they are able to put 2 hours into specialties?! My son's grades went down after the charter began including crucial standardized testing scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2013

Not a great school. The classes are grouped by ability, which I thought was illegal for elementary children. There is literally ZERO diversity at this school, it is 99.9% white children which seems strange. How is that legal?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2011

This is our 2nd year @ WMMIA. Both of my children have excelled academically. I've read the other posts and find many complaints to be terribly negative, opinionated & unfounded. My children do have recess, plenty of physical activities as well as other specialty classes that have stimulated them academically, physically & personally. It was a wonderful change for us. The teachers are sharp & challenging. The staff is kind & welcoming. I've found it a great place to jump in & be involved. The test scores show that they are making their mark and that children are growing academically. I DO recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2011

This was my sons last year at Wauka Mt. Up until this year it was such a great school. But now they are focusing more on the specialty classes not what the kids should be learning. I'm not the only parent who feels this way. I know of several. Having the specialty class is great and fun for the kids but the real subjects should come first. If a kid is falling behind they should pull them from the specialty class and give them more help in that time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2011

Wauka Mountain was a great school before the charter school. Some of the kids needs more help with the real work like spelling, reading, and math. Not classes with cooking, golf, swimming or photography. If they want to have those class that s fine, but for the kids that are struggling have a class that will help them in the areas that are hard to them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2011

My neighbors children go to this school and they are very concerned because their children suddenly are below grade level in math and reading due to the fact that the children spend two hours a day in some kind of special classes and don't get science or social studies at all. Also they are upset because their children do not go to PE anymore or get recess. Maybe this information is not accurate, otherwise it would be very weird! What kind of school would cut out recess and PE in this day and age of all the obesity issues of our children and take the students out of class to do cooking or sewing or whatever they are teaching at that place?


Posted December 10, 2010

Wauka Mnt. has been a great school. My daughter went through and was very prepared for middle school (not that i was lol). My son is still attending Wauka mnt. and is loving the new Charter school classes and learning a lot. Thanks to all the wonderful teacher he has and had there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2010

Racist! Discriminate against disabilities and rude teacher,. that sums it up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

As a parent, my children were prepared for middle school and loved every year that they were at Wauka Mountain. They felt successful, scored extremely high on national-normed tests in addition to state curriculum tests, and were able to participate in after school clubs such as drama and chorus. It is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

Why do you love Wauka Mountain Elementary School? Because of the warm Family atmosphere. And the strive to make each child feel important.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

The faculty is the best group of teachers to work with!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 17, 2009

We are like a family there and everyone is really concerned about everyone else. It is a caring community within our school that puts their hearts into doing what is best for our children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 17, 2009

Wauka Mountain is a wonderful school full of supportive staff and parents! We rock!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

When you walk in the door, you immediately feel right at home. There is a warmth that wraps around you that says 'Welcome, we are glad you are here.' Wauka Mountain Elem. School has a staff that is committed to providing the best possible education for their students'. They have transformed their curriculum by infusing excellent teachers with 'best teaching practices' and strategies that engage students in their learning process. It is a true community school where parents are involved in their child's learning. There is an excitement in the air as students begin their day. Wauka Mountain has just voted to become a Multiple Intelligence Charter School so they can better teach to the strengths of their students. They continually challenge themselves as a staff to continue to learn ways to improve teaching and learning at Wauka Mountain.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 16, 2009

Wauka Mountain Elementary School has the best teachers, staff, students, and parents. It's like being in a loving, caring community. The teachers give 100%+ to engage students in authentic, real life lessons. At Wauka Mountain, we Build Bold Thinkers as We Learn Together in Harmony!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 2, 2009

I love the fact it is a small school and a close-knit community. The parent support is unbelievable. It saddens me that there is such a teacher-turnover.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 86% in 2010.

98 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

98 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

98 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2010.

83 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

83 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

83 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

93 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
82%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 44%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Black 1% 37%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 52%N/A51%
Female 48%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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