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Kaleidoscope Academy

Charter | 6-8 | 247 students

 
 

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Posted November 9, 2013

I went I this school in 7th grade and loved it! The access to technology is absolutely astonishing. The teachers were also very caring and kind. They help you through tough times and sometimes are more than just you're teacher. The connections you make between your teachers and your peers is amazing. If you noticed I also said 7th grade and not 8th or 6th. I came from different school where my friends went to another school so I was very nervous about meeting new people. Everyone accepted me and I'm not kidding when I say that everyone are friends. Furthermore, it is a tough school and you have loads of responsibility dumped on you. It will be a big change between elementary and this school versus other middle schools. I passed with flying colors with a 3.93 GPA which was very hard and yet I did not go to this school in 8th grade because of the stress of the projects and homework. But let me say that was the one of the worst choices. I changed to Madison middle school where my friends went from elementary. And the learning experience is totally different. It is almost as if I skipped back two grades. Some of the classes are actually what KA DID IN 6th and 7th grade.! Go to KA!


Posted May 12, 2013

There are student-led conferences, so you don't get a lot of parent-teacher interaction, unless you make special arrangements to meet with the teacher. When the school year started, the conference was held in a classroom with a teacher in the room, but not joining in on the conference. For the second, my son brought conference information home and told us about what he was doing in school, and then we had to sign something. NO teacher interaction. One of my son's teachers even lets him hand in assignments late, at any time, and make any corrections to old, graded assignments, for a better grade. How is this making my child accountable for a deadline? Also, the school-parent communication could be better. He has no cell phone, so I call the school to get a message to my son. The two times I did, my son never got it. I understand our kids from ages 11-14 should be encouraged to have more responsibility and independence, but treating them like adults before their time is not the answer. For a school that boasts about it's technology, it's surprising that there is not a limited email system within the school were students could email just their teachers and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2013

Wow! Moved our oldest to KA when he was being written off by other teachers. 6th grade was very tough and took serious commitment on all our parts but he flurished and continues to soar high in his achievements. Our Daughter came from Odyssey, her lovely personality returned from being constantly tense, she is still challenged but now has an environment in which to flourish on all fronts. Teachers always available to help, spending one on one as often as needed even outside of class hours. Principal and other staff make this a great place for the kids and parents who want great things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2012

Switching to this school was a tough decision as it put my daughter in middle school a year early, but it turned out to be the best decision we've ever made! She LOVES it here, and was completely bored at her elementary school. She was getting a D in math in the previous year, not because she couldn't do the work but because she was bored. Here, with the interactive learning style, smaller classes and engaged teachers she's been getting an A+ in math all year!! The online component to math (v-math), the intense computer-based classes and the ability to take multiple fine arts courses really makes this a wonderful school experience. I highly recommend it as a great alternative to traditional middle schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2009

I love this school! The lunches are excellent. The technoligy is great! The teachers are kind. The school rocks!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2008

i love it the teachers and technology are amazing and there are so much other amazing stuff 2. The teachers handle stuff really good. They challenge us and make us think. The lunches are awesome. It's not as crazy as regular middle school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 2, 2008

This is a very great school. The teachers are helpful, and the kids learn alot. They are made to not only do work, but also think about why they are doing the work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2008

This is an excellent school. Not only does Kaleidoscope have access to some of the most up to date technology, but the teachers are also very dedicated to providing the kids with a great learning experience. They force their students to think, which I think should be all that matters.
—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 47% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.



Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 37% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.



Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 63% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 79% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.



Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students64%
Female60%
Male71%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin64%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabled65%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant64%

Reading

All Students57%
Female63%
Male47%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin59%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabled60%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.



Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students65%
Female71%
Male56%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin63%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabled67%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant65%

Reading

All Students54%
Female59%
Male44%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin52%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabled54%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant54%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.



Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

All Students79%
Female79%
Male80%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin80%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities50%
Not disabled84%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant79%

Math

All Students63%
Female62%
Male66%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin64%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities25%
Not disabled70%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Not migrant63%

Reading

All Students52%
Female56%
Male48%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin51%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities33%
Not disabled56%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English52%
Not migrant52%

Science

All Students91%
Female90%
Male93%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin91%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities58%
Not disabled95%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant91%

Social Studies

All Students88%
Female89%
Male85%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin86%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities58%
Not disabled91%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant88%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.



Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 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, not Hispanic 84% 73%
Black, not Hispanic 6% 10%
Asian 5% 4%
Hispanic 4% 10%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 1%
Multiracial 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 157%N/A48%
Disabled students 28%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 227%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 22%N/A6%
Male 143%N/A52%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 91%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 53%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 100%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

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