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Whitson Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 481 students

 

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Posted April 24, 2013

Whitson is an excellent public school. Principal, administration, and teachers are very committed to excellence and challenging students. We transferred into Whitson and feel very blessed that we had this option. The school seems like a large family, everyone is open and very diverse. The PTO and school work very well together, working for best solution for school and students. There are lots of activities for kids to get involved in such as Spelling Bee, Math Bee, Geography Bee, Dance Club, and Running Club just to name a few. My daughter says this is the best school she has attended and she has been in a catholic school as well as another 501 School. Whitson Rocks! I'm sorry she will be moving on to middle school, but I can hope we have the same type of experience! More schools should be modeled after Whitson, and all parents should be involved in their child s education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2012

We have 6 children, 4 who attend Whitson currently and 2 more that will attend in the next few years. We absolutely LOVE this school. The principal is incredible! She is very approachable and listens to parents' concerns. The teachers are also amazing. They really care about the students and work well with them, as well as with the parents. Parents are welcomed in the school to help in classrooms, or participate in various capacities on school committees. We couldn't have picked a better, more caring enviroment for our children to attend school in,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2007

Three of my children have attended Whitson. As far as Topeka public schools go, it is one of the better ones. Very diverse population which we liked. No art program and no science really. Like all public schools, the year seems to be geared toward doing well on state testing. Lots of good young teachers at this school along with a few excellent veterans whose experience is much appreciated. We've had children through Whitson over a period of 8 years and have not had a problem with bullying. Not many extracurricular activities. No highly academic programs like math olympiad or jr great books or chess club. More geared toward kids with problems.
—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 87% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
74%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2012.

69 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

69 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2012.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2012.

81 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2012.

81 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2009.

55 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
66%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students75%
African American80%
Hispanic44%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities50%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students59%
African American70%
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities50%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

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

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students78%
African Americann/a
Hispanic70%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities50%
Proficient in English54%

Reading

All Students81%
African Americann/a
Hispanic78%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities67%
Proficient in English69%

Science

All Students91%
African Americann/a
Hispanic83%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities90%
Proficient in English69%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

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

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students75%
African Americann/a
Hispanic56%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities54%
Proficient in English67%

Reading

All Students77%
African Americann/a
Hispanic48%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities69%
Proficient in English47%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

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

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 68%
Hispanic 11% 16%
Black 10% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 7% 1%
Two or more races 6% 4%
Asian 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 58%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1725 SW Arnold Ave
Topeka, KS 66604
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