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Swanson Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 683 students

 

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Posted August 4, 2014

The school is entirely too big. It is the largest elementary school in the Elmbrook School District (close to 750 students) but smaller in square footage than others. It is becoming an unsafe environment due to the large population. There are some wonderful teachers, but their hands are tied with what they can due because of poor decisions the board of education has made. The school boundary lines need to be completely thrown out and intelligently redrawn. It is unacceptable one elementary school in at 99-100% capacity and other elementary schools are closer to 70% capacity. If moving into the area, consider other districts. Elmbrook is no longer the 'elite' district that it once was (the board can't see it crumbling right in front of their eyes). On a side note, the gifted program is a joke. It could be so much more with the proper leadership within the district. Special education has issues as well. The district has blinders on when it comes to special ed. It seems they want to pretend it doesn't exist. If you are going to be in this district, even with all it's issues, the best elementary school is Swanson. Great principal and associate principal. The staff is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2014

I have two children in this school. Both of my kids look forward to school each day, and the teachers are wonderful. They care about my child's learning style, how they are progressing, and respond the same day to emails. The principal and vice principal respond very quickly to phone calls as well. I am very impressed with the Swanson school, and I am very happy with the education my children are receiving. I have one child in the gifted program, and my other child is average. The school meets both of their needs. I am so happy we are in this district. The teachers welcome parent volunteers too, and there are many opportunities to get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2012

My son just started kindergarden at Swanson. Both his main teacher and assistant teacher are very quick in responding to my emails. This is very important to me, because I work full time and I am not available by phone during the day. I feel like I can always be on top of things, and not forget or miss anything, because the school sends constant reminders. I really feel like the teachers know what they are doing and really care about the kids. I couldn't be happier with my experience so far, and would highly recommend this school to any parent looking for a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2011

I have 2 kids and soon will have 3 kids in this school. The teachers were helpful and worked with me to improve academic knowledge of my kids. The best part is that my kids long to go to school each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2011

The atmosphere is friendly and positive. However, I am not very impressed with the overall academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2011

The kids come back from school happy as they are well entertained. The level of academic stimulation is far below of what would be expected from a school with such a high rating. As long as your kid is average, he/she will do fine. If you have a bright kid, you will be better off staying away from Swanson. Lots of helicopter parents, beware if you are not one!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2007

Swanson Elementary is a great school. From the moment you walk through the doors students and parents are made to feel welcome. The Principal makes herself visible at the school. She makes parents feel part of the team at Swanson. I love entering the school and hearing the fun music coming out of the gym while the kids exercise. There are plenty of PTO, volunteer, clubs, and intramurals. The school is kept very clean. There is a nice mix of mature and younger teachers. I can't think of any negatives at Swanson. Truly a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2007

What an amazing school! A well-rounded child is not just Academics. This school's testing performance is A+. Check them out. The school ambience is great, from the principal down to the students (and everyone in between). The music and arts program compliment the academic structure; they are fun and challenging. Music offers a choice of band, orchestra and chorus participation for the 4th & 5th grader. Performance are encouraging the younger ones to look forward to get their turn. Arts included potter's wheel (unusual offering in the elementary level); P.E. covers most popular sports (individual and team sports) plus rock climbing, snowshoeing, and dancing. There's also an abundance of extra curricular activities (before & after school) offered by the staff & parent volunteers. Great support from the Principal. Parent volunteer is encouraged and they're second to none. A school-wide Musical Play is in the works and tons of family fun nights!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2006

As parents of a 1st grader at Swanson, we are really happy with the school. Our experience has been that the teachers and Principal are willing to listen and spend time with you when there are any concerns. My 1st grader enjoys his Art and Music classes and library visit once a week. They also have talent days every semester that encourages kids to share their talents with the class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2004

Swanson is a wonderful environment for students, teachers and parents! I have enjoyed every minute of having my children there and since we are looking to move (unfortunately out of the district), I am have a difficult time finding a school of equal quality or standards. The staff there has a genuine love for the children and for their jobs. I have worked there as a para-professional for the past three years and I see first hand the superb teaching and guiding that these teachers give the children. My kids will never forget Swanson! I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2004

This is one of many Elmbrook School District schools that made it worth moving to the area or us. Our son attends Swanson Elementary and we could not be happier with the cirriculum, highly qualified teachers, and facitily. The Principle's standard of excellence is carried on through the grades in the staff and atmosphere of this State of the Art School.
—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 49% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 34% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%
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 75% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
94%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 91% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
95%

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 50% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%
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 Students86%
Female88%
Male83%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian83%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities61%
Non-disabled89%
English learners69%
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant86%

Reading

All Students56%
Female67%
Male45%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian67%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin56%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities31%
Non-disabled61%
English learners38%
Proficient in English60%
Non-migrant56%
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 Students93%
Female93%
Male94%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian97%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin91%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities75%
Non-disabled96%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant93%

Math

All Students82%
Female78%
Male87%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian90%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin76%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities41%
Non-disabled86%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant82%

Reading

All Students60%
Female61%
Male60%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian62%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin60%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities34%
Non-disabled63%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant60%

Science

All Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian97%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin90%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities75%
Non-disabled95%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant93%

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female96%
Male100%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin97%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities92%
Non-disabled99%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant98%
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 Students75%
Female73%
Male76%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin77%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities58%
Non-disabled77%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant75%

Reading

All Students46%
Female46%
Male47%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian64%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin43%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities25%
Non-disabled49%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English49%
Non-migrant46%
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 68% 73%
Asian 17% 4%
Hispanic 7% 10%
Multiracial 5% 2%
Black, not Hispanic 3% 10%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Disabled students 13%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 12%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 93%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 75%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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  • Kori Hartman
Fax number
  • (262) 789-3288

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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