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Watterson Elementary School

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Posted April 17, 2014

Great school for learning. Staff and teachers are all accommodating and responsive to parent's concern..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

I am a very proud parent and i realy love watteerson elementry i am so sad and happy at the same time my son has bee going to this school for the past 5 years, now he will be graduating on the 31st thank you all for taking such good care of my child and teaching him God Bless you all
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2013

I have 3 children at Watterson. I love this school and teachers and faculty. They really go above and beyond to help the kids succeed. Mrs. Head, the reading recovery teacher is absolutely phenomenal. She is working miracles with my twins. The teachers are very informative and keep parents informed and involved which is so important for your child's success. <3 WES
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2012

My son is in his 4th year at Watterson (4th grade). I give the staff at Watterson a 5. We've been very fortunate to have great teachers that care about the students and really want them to succeed. The basketball program is nice as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2012

This is my sons first year at Watterson Elementary and I couldn't be more pleased. After hearing everything in the news with regards to JCPS I was hesistant about enrolling him in Jefferson County with the low test scores and all. That is not the case now though, his teacher Ms. Keiber is very hands on with his education and just all around Great!! He is a bit more advanced in some areas and she works with him to keep his attention to new things. All around I am extremely pleased with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2010

As a parent of Watterson Elementary, I am very happy to say that it was the best choice I made. I am trully appreciative of all the wonderful opportunities my child has at Watterson. From National Elementary Honor Society and Academic Team to Environmental Club and Cheerleading, I know my child has plenty of opportunties to get involved. The teachers spend so much time and effort on their students. Thanks for all you do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2008

I was very impressed by Watterson Elementarys P1 and P2 teachers. My daughter excelled very quickly and was ahead in all areas. We have had a very good experience here. The PTA works very hard to earn money for the school and they do a lot of after school activities to get the parents involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2008

My son's teacher doesn't seem too involved in his education. I don't feel like he is stimulated enough and each day they have a snack hour and watch movies. I am not sending him to school to watch movies. Also the counselor there is very rude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

I would like to say Watterson Elem. Is a wonderful school. The staff goes above and beyond in keeping there children safe. I am thankful to Mr. Morgan and Mrs. Crawley you all go thru so much but you really have patience. I will truly miss you. I know my next school will not be able to hold a candle to you.I would like to thank the principal and the whole staff. You all don't get paid enough for some of the things you endure on a day to day bases. Parents if you are not involved in your kids life or school take a second and listen to your children,. They can teach you a lot.It starts at home.May god bless each and everyone of you. And again thanks.Dm
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

My son has aspergers syndrome and with the help of the staff at watterson, he has came a long way. I can not thank them enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2008

I was also threaten by an adult ON SCHOOL PROPERTY because I was told by a younger student that my bike was ugly and I responded ha cost more than yours and then the principle threated to call cops if I did not leave I did not say anything to the person that told me your a little punk picking on little kids and I responded DO NOT TALK TO ME IDK YOU!!! To sumone this school up in a couple of words it is SCARY on what really goes on!!! Don't get me started on school foods!!!!!!!


Posted September 30, 2004

I chose Watterson for my son because of its reputation and I'm very glad I did. My first grader is happy, thinks his teacher is the best and is really excelling this year. I do believe however that the schools are not getting enough support from the state. Too much emphasis is placed on the 'budget' and not enough on keeping good, caring and qualified teachers in our school system. I support the teaching staff at Watterson and will do whatever I can as a parent to support the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2004

Watterson is a good school; however, like many in this district, there is an insufficient amount of money provided for supplies and resources. This creates a tense and negative feeling that results in a false image. My daughters, K and 3rd, anxiously awaited the return to school and I hope that their teachers remain fully supported throughout the year. The PTA is active and works hard to give what support they can and the Family Resource Center often teams up with the PTA too. I am glad that the staff cares as much as they do and I believe that this will be a good year - even with the lack of financial support that the school needs and deserves. I believe this because I, like so many other parents, am willing to show support. With our help, the staff will take care of the rest!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2004

I feel like my daughter is in a safe environment and that she is in a caring school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2003

My daughter is in 3rd grade and loves going to watterson! She is really blossoming and even though she struggles at times, the schol is not giving up and they work hard to create a great educational experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2003

I have one child in Kindergarten and the other is in first grade. My first grader had a great experience last year. I was impressed by the curriculum and there attention to reading. She learned quickly with help from her 'reading buddy' at school. My kindergartner now is following suit. I have been impressed by the teachers my girls have had and many others I have come in contact with. The principal is a wonderful man. I have watched him interact with the kids and they love him. He is fun and entertaining to them. He also takes his job seriously when it comes to finding ways to better the school. This can also be found in a good combination of involved parents and teachers.Overall I feel blessed that my children are attending a school that they love and I feel good about sending them too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

My child received a wonderful education here. The staff works very hard to help the students to reach their goals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2003

This school did not meet the needs of my child. Watterson has a very slow advancement level, they did not cover the required core content for his grade level.


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 44% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
36%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

The state average for Language Mechanics was 54% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 44% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 49% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
41%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
55%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 44% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
38%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 59% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
36%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
22%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students32%
Female29%
Male35%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White28%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students31%
Female31%
Male32%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White28%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

All Students53%
Female60%
Male44%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial20%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students47%
Female52%
Male41%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial30%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female52%
Male46%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial20%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students63%
Female62%
Male64%
African American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial40%
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students29%
Female39%
Male20%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students31%
Female34%
Male27%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Social Studies

All Students42%
Female46%
Male39%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students25%
Female34%
Male15%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2011.

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2011.

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2011.

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
43%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
22%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
43%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 46% 11%
White 35% 81%
Two or more races 8% 2%
Hispanic 7% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3900 Breckinridge Ln
Louisville, KY 40218
Phone: (502) 485-8342

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