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Deerfield Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 453 students

 

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Posted June 2, 2014

My kids go to Deerfield Elementary and I can't say enough about the caring environment. Small class sizes help students get the help they need, whether that be extra practice or enrichment. Teachers and staff truly care about each and every student that is in the building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

My children have attended this school for five years unhappy. My daughter comes home every day talking about people bullying her and making fun of her little brother. She came home saying that people said she was: constipated, overrated, out of fashion, and a loser. My son has been, kicked , hit , and a lot worse. Not just the schools are terrible, but the neighbors make fun of us and do things that could be reported to the police. If you want to move to a friendly and caring neighborhood, this should not be your choice. Seriously, do yourself and your children a favor. Pick a place that's worth moving to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2013

I have a hard time believing the comments stating that Deerfield is "clichy". We are "outsiders" as well; moving here 8 years ago. While we tend to lead a more reserved lifestyle, we also help out and get involved whenever/wherever possible in the village. We've never once felt as if we're treated as an "outsider" and have made friends with people who are newcomers and life long residents of Deerfield. We have been blessed with 2 children, and recently became guardians of a family member, all of which are in the school district. We've seen nothing but compassion and empathy from many members of the school district. We've seen individual selfless acts on multiple occasions which we've rarely witnessed in other communities. There are many avenues for both parents and students to become involved at both the athletic and academic levels. The best part being everyone who wants to be involved gets a chance. I'd recommend anyone considering Deerfield, to check it out for yourself. Like many small towns, Deerfield doesn't have everything. The schools (IMO make up for it) Talk to people and decide for yourself. Please don't allow your opinion to be swayed by a few disgruntled posters
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2012

I have to agree with the other posts in regards to the town being very clichy. If you didn't grow up here, you do not exist here. My children have attended the elementary school for 3 years now, and even they are still treated as outsiders. It is so strange, I have never experienced anything like it in my life. The majority of the other parents, and teachers as well, won't even take a moment to say hello or smile. My children seem to be receiving a good education, but the town and friendly factor are way off and make us want to move.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2011

Stay away! i agree with the previous parent, Deerfield in a whole as a community is small and if you didn't grow up here you are always an outsider. I for one am glad we moved away that town in poison! The school is ok..if your child is perfect and needs no additional help...so basically they can teach themself. I have no idea where the parent got the 1:14 ratio my kids classes topped 19+. Do your family a favor and pick another town and school district. The people here live in holes and have never left Deerfield and most don't know there is an outside world outside of Deerfield.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2010

If you have a child with speech/language delays this is not the school for you. The speech/language pathologists are awful. One of them does not even have their masters degree (which is required in the state of WI for 30 years now) - she was hired only 5 years ago, so why a school district would hire someone who is not qualified The other one is qualified & looks great on paper & sounds very intelligient (she could sell ice to an eskimo she is so smooth) but does not have the kids best interest in mind, She is so condesecending and talks down to everyone (parents & fellow employees). Both therapists are lazy and do not do their job. They slap on 60 minutes therapy time to every child, no matter their severity. Why a school district would want to keep & support such useless therapist is beyond me!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2010

Although Deerfield is a very good school system, I have also been very disappointed at times with them as well. If you are thinking of moving into this district, make sure you have perfect children that will require no additional guidance or they willbe branded for the remainder of their school years as a trouble maker. Sometimes I and other parents who moved into this district get the feeling that if you did not grow up in this town then you don't seem to be worth knowing and your kids are always the bad ones. It is a very cliquey type of small town, more amongst the adults than the kids. Most of the kids are very friendly , but of course there is always the occassional bully everywhere you go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2009

I can not say enough good things about this school and it's staff. I have four children attending currently (1 with Autism and 2 with ADHD) and I can't put into words the fabulous job they have done with them. They honestly care about the kids and it's just such an excelent atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2009

Deerfield is an amazing community. The school district and people who live in this community are extremely supportive and caring. The teachers, parents and administration do put children first! They do believe that it takes everyone in a community to raise well-educated children with exceptional character. I am proud to be part of this district and to have my children attend their schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2009

We moved here from Sun Prairie several years ago and our son is in first grade. From his local preschool program to 1st grade, I continue to be impressed with the elementary school and the education they give my son. They focus heavily on reading early on and it is going great! The staff run a tight ship at the school and are very organized with the school day. Class size is amazing with a 1:14 ratio in my son's class....go to Madison right down the road and you are seeing ratios of 1:26, almost double.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2009

I have 3 kids in the Deerfield school system. Their educational needs are being met, they are mentally challenged, and are learning every day. I feel the Deerfield School system is one of the best public educational systems available in the greater Madison area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

The superintendent is all about putting on a face and pleasing parents, but she makes horrible decisions that lead to unhappy staff and the loss of the best teachers. If she got her head on straight, this school would stay on the great track it was on before she charmed the school board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2005

We are very pleased with the curriculum. The reading and math programs are exemplary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

My third child is now attending Deerfield Elementary School. I am very happy with the safety, curriculum and teachers. You can tell how much the teachers enjoy the children. It's a joy, not a job. The new school is definitely a plus with very much community involvement. The connection with the community center and sports is great. I am thrilled with my choice of Deerfield and it's schools since moving here from Madison about 13 years ago. A tightknit community where parents and community join together for the benefit of children.
—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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 34% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2014.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2014.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
83%
Social Studies

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

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
86%

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

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
93%

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

All Students65%
Female63%
Male71%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities31%
Not disabled77%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Not migrant65%

Reading

All Students47%
Female47%
Male50%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities25%
Not disabled55%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%
Not migrant47%
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 Students81%
Female88%
Male76%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities56%
Not disabled96%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant81%

Math

All Students61%
Female70%
Male56%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities57%
Not disabled65%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant61%

Reading

All Students48%
Female71%
Male32%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities12%
Not disabled69%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant48%

Science

All Students91%
Female94%
Male88%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities81%
Not disabled96%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant91%

Social Studies

All Students96%
Female100%
Male92%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities88%
Not disabled100%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant96%
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 Students43%
Female48%
Male37%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin48%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities8%
Not disabled52%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant43%

Reading

All Students36%
Female33%
Male37%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin38%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities8%
Not disabled43%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant36%
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 Students61%
Female65%
Male58%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin63%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabled65%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant61%

Reading

All Students56%
Female71%
Male46%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin60%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabled65%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not 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

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 89% 73%
Hispanic 5% 10%
Black, not Hispanic 2% 10%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Asian 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 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 17%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 4%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 92%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 39%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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