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Waterville Community Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 637 students

 

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Posted August 16, 2013

I have been dissapointed with the morning drop off system at this school. I have a kindergartner and not once has there been a person outside in car line to help her get out and guide her into the school building. There are two lanes of cars and it is dangerous to let the small children out without someone directing the traffic and helping them get to the sidewalk. It is unheard of for an elementary school with students as young as five years old not to make sure that at least one (usually two) teachers or office employees are outside helping run a safe and organized car line system. Parents have to get out of the car and help young kids themselves and it makes for a very slow, disorganized, chaotic, unsafe experience. I am shocked at the lack of concern over the issue. Especially at the beginning of a new school year when kids are just learning what to do when dropped off. We honestly had a much better experience with a school last year that made it a priority to always have staff members opening doors, helping kids and directing traffic. Schedule and alternate the responsibilty between staff members. Greet the children with a smile and help start their day safely please.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2011

My daughter attended her first year at Waterville during the 2010-2011 school year. She was at first nervous of going to a new school, but from the school secretary to the lunch ladies, and teachers she now loves Waterville. I am so glad she goes there, we love everyone there, it is a really down to earth school and there is a wide variey of races of children there. We are an interracial family and have never received or had any issues regarding that ; but for us race is never a problem. The teachers are so caring and I love the fact that her 3rd grade teacher came out to help a friend of our family out during the recent tornado disaster. Waterville Community Elementary is truelly a school for the community, they join together to help the community. The school is dedicated to parent involvement in the education of the children, and that means alot to me, because a child's learning does begin at home I believe. I also love the basketball program we had an awesome basketball season this year!!! GO LADY CHEROKEES!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2009

I disagree! I have visited the school very often on a weekly basis with my child and the cafe staff was nothing but nice! They go out of their way to help our children! The food is great too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2008

The staff is very friendly and nice. Some times there is need to disipline students and they do a fine job when necessary. I have visited the school many times a week. The teachers and the princpal are intereseted in the development of the students. They have great programs to help students gain interest in reading.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

I have visited the school cafe once or twice.The cafe workers treat the children like dogs. When the children need to go to the bathroom they are told no most of the time.The workers yell more than the children.Some of the workers has even made some of the children cry. The workers do not smile at all because the are griping at the children for nothing. Parents please visited the cafe and you will see or ask your children and believe the children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2008

I rate this school as a 5 Star school. Great teachers, great principle, and great academic opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2008

This will be both my sons 1st year at Waterville. We only had a problem with one of the Teachers, but Mrs. Cofer and I had several talks and the issue was resolved. Though the school drop off could be better organized for child safety. But all in all the kids enjoy the teachers, staff, and school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2006

Waterville has been great for my child. Ms. Lillard has made learning fun. My child loves to learn but did not enjoy going to school in the past but now loves to go. I have visited the school many times. The staff is very nice and friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2005

wces has gone through major changes with administration and it shows. the most noticeable is the new principle, mrs. coffer. i have never the lady smile, go up to a child and hug or ask them how their day is going. she does not have southern or other social skills and seems the ignore parents. the feedback from parents, children and some of the teachers there is not good. communication has become a problem too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2005

My children have attended this school since 1998. They have loved every one of their teachers and have never had any problems with any of the teachers or the staff. When a child is going to another school but wants to visit this one as often as possible, you gotta know he was happy there. The teachers are great, they have always been happy to talk to me. One teacher went out of her way to include my daughter in activities when I couldn't take her. The Principle is an AMAZING man and will go to Heaven for sure for putting up with all those kids and trying to deal with a very sick wife. This is the last year that I will have kids at this school and I'm really going to miss it as much as my kids will. I wish the other schools were as good!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2005

I was in shock when I seen a child in the cafeteria being told she could not go to the bathroom. Who do they think they are? This better never happen to my child. I would like to thank the parent that was there and took the child by her hand to the bathroom and going against the so called rules. Parents you need to visit this school and get involved. Remember this is our children not theirs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2004

Waterville seems so great from so many different aspects from caring teachers to a new building, but whoever came up with the idea of making kindergarden children serve themselves in the lunchroom needs some serious counciling. Seniors are still served by gray haired old ladies while my 5 year old has to serve himself. I am told this is something new. Why now try it out on area high school children? Doesn't make sense to me!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2004

I love waterville school. The facility is beautiful and the principal is genuinely concerned about every student. There is room for improvement at any school, but the staff there is always willing to listen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2004

Terribly unorganized school. Teachers want the kids on A.D.D. medicine, very unprofessional school staff.
—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 59% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 49% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
74%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 84% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
42%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 48% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
60%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 88% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 55% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
67%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 87% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students31%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 67%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Black 2% 23%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 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 65%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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