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Clearwater Middle School

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Posted June 23, 2014

Fun, engaging, highly effective, great curriculum and the staff is great. Thanks for such a great environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

Clearwater in Waconia, MN I find the school to be of very high quality. Low problems with students and the curriculum appears to be thorough and in keeping with the 6th grade level of interest.


Posted March 29, 2014

We just moved to the Waconia school district this last fall and had high expectations as we had heard it was a great school. Our daughter is in 5th grade and she does like her teachers and really has had no complaints. The curriculum is good enough to meet the MN State Standards, but thats it. You can tell they teach to the standards and nothing less, nothing more. Communication from the teachers to the parents is very sparse. It is the end of March and I have yet to hear from her teacher, besides the two quick scheduled conferences. There isn't much character building going on within the classroom either. Lunchroom tables are clicky with group names which staff knows about, yet they do nothing to diminish them and give everyone a fair chance in the social circles of middle school. If you just want good enough, go here. Otherwise, there are plenty of other options in the city of Waconia and surrounding areas. We will be switching to a new school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2013

I've been here for a DAY and I already love it. Everyone is so friendly!


Posted November 4, 2011

We have done private school and homeschooling and our kids are very far ahead. We have been at CMS 2 years and I cannot say enough good things about the Staff - fantastic! 5th grade is kept apart almost like they are in their own school - no migling with upper grades. Each grade has it's own house the is separate. Math is differenitated with is a benefit for high and low students and they are working hard at new ways to challenge high kids. Every teacher we have had has been outstanding. Music program is best around - this year 180 kids out of 240 or so are in band. Choir is a highlight (even for boys)! PE is something we hear about nightly (today we played the funnest game ever mom)! Honestly, I feel like we should send a check to the schoo - we are so lucky to have found Waconia!! Kids are great too - so respectful! There are still a few problem kids but there are just a few compared to other schools - and the teachers handle problems immediately. Truly cannot say enough good things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2010

My school is awesome, the classes are good, the teachers keep you focused and there are a lot of extra curricular to chose from, I know I love it...
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 20, 2005

Excellent school with caring teachers. Limited programs for gifted & talented kids. However, we've found most teachers very willing to challenge those kids. Somewhat limited sports & activities, but no experience is needed to make the team. You won't find nicer kids and teachers anywhere!
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

236 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

281 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

237 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
52%
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.

251 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

240 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
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 64% in 2010.

219 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2012.

252 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
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 59% in 2010.

234 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

262 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2011.

223 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
41%
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 Students94%
Female94%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Economically non-disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Non-migrant94%
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 Students84%
Female85%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Economically non-disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant84%
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 Students81%
Female82%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Economically non-disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Non-migrant81%
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 Students84%
Female85%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Economically non-disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant84%
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 60% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%
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 57% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%
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 56% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%
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 59% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2013.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
41%
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 Students78%
Female81%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Economically non-disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant78%

Reading

All Students80%
Female86%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Economically non-disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities49%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant80%

Science

All Students74%
Female75%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Economically non-disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant74%
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 Students74%
Female78%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Economically non-disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant74%

Reading

All Students71%
Female76%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Economically non-disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Non-migrant71%
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 Students75%
Female70%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Economically non-disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant75%

Reading

All Students65%
Female66%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Economically non-disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Non-migrant65%
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 Students79%
Female79%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Economically non-disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Non-migrant79%

Reading

All Students70%
Female71%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Economically non-disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Non-migrant70%

Science

All Students43%
Female41%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Economically non-disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities45%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English44%
Non-migrant43%
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 92% 73%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Black 2% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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