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Waite Park Elementary School

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5 stars

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Posted August 28, 2013

Fantastic! We are now in our last year at Waite Park and our son has been served exceedingly well. He has received tremendously individualized attention every year, from kindergarten through 5th grade. Our gifted & talented teacher, Jamie Boardman, is particularly amazing. Our son loves going to school and is always anxious for summer to end so that he can get back to his friends and teachers. Waite Park is a positive, nurturing, respectful and very community-minded school. I can't say enough great things about it. We will miss it next year when we transition to middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

Great school and wonderful teachers. Supportive, safe and involved community! Cannot imagine my children anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

My son attended Waite Park last year for the high-5 program (pre-kindergarten). We immediately fell in love with this school. They have a very nice park and recreation center connected to the school which helps for after school activities as well as sports programs. We also were impressed with their school lunch menu which now offers healthy and organic alternatives. Waite Park school is the perfect setting for our family. One last thing is that Waite Park has a wonderful volunteer program. At the end of the year they have a small breakfast reception for those who have volunteered in the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2012

We love Waite Park! We have a 4th grader & 1st grader currently attending, and have been consistently impressed by the dedication and quality of the teachers - their classroom teachers and the specialists (gifted & talented, art, music, phy ed & media). They also have a superior after school program, notably the theater program which involves kids 1st through 5th grade. Parent involvement is high, and we too like the very diverse environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2010

This school has it all! We considered private, charter, and public suburban schools, and ultimately chose Waite Park for our daughter. We're so glad we did! High academic expectations and support plus time for play and personal expression. Dedicated teachers and specialists in music, art, gym, and technology. Student body diversity with high parental involvement. Beautiful facilities with lots of natural light in every classroom. The new principal is kind, thoughtful, and responsive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2009

Both my children attend Waite Park. My oldest is in 5th and my youngest in K. We are very happy with the community feel of the school. The teachers and principal know all the students by name. They run a tight ship and have high expectations for student behavior. Even with larger class sizes, the teachers have a good handle on their classrooms. There seems to be good support between staff and administration, with little teacher 'burn out' to speak of. I am very, very happy with Waite Park!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2009

I'm very pleased with waite park, my son has been attending this school for 3 yrs and is doing very well with his studies. The teachers are great, parents are always welcome to join the class. Waite park has many programs/activities for the kids and lots of family events!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2006

Our daughter has attended Waite Park since kindergarten, she is now in 2nd grade, we love this school. It is strongly a community school, although kids do come from all over the metro to attend. The community is very actively involved with the school and there are many family events and programs, family reading night, family math night, family dinner night etc. The teachers have been excellent, they push the kids without being nasty, overall the teachers and principle maintain a very good level of discipline and behavior (there are always a very few exceptions), but the kids are well-behaved, respectful, eager to learn and have fun. The school has a great relation with Waite Park Recreational Center, the buildings are joined, and the Rec Center has a tremendous before and after school program, and even a pre-K program. These guys are fabulous. Highly reccommended.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 2010.

63 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
60%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2010.

44 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

69 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

53 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

58 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
21%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students75%
Female77%
Male74%
Black53%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
English language learners70%
Proficient in English76%
Not migrant75%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students54%
Female55%
Male53%
Black20%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learners45%
Proficient in English57%
Not migrant54%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students91%
Female89%
Male93%
Black75%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Not migrant91%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
54%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students61%
Female67%
Male57%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English63%
Not migrant61%

Reading

All Students49%
Female55%
Male46%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learners7%
Proficient in English60%
Not migrant49%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students51%
Female45%
Male56%
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%
Not migrant51%

Reading

All Students51%
Female62%
Male42%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English59%
Not migrant51%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students52%
Female42%
Male59%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners33%
Proficient in English56%
Not migrant51%

Reading

All Students60%
Female48%
Male69%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities63%
English language learners33%
Proficient in English66%
Not migrant59%

Science

All Students39%
Female30%
Male46%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English47%
Not migrant38%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 50% 73%
Black 22% 9%
Hispanic 18% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 62%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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