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Ben Franklin Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 378 students

 

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Posted October 21, 2013

I couldn't agree more with other parent review. This school has the worst school office staff anywhere, very rude and condescending and you will fall on deaf ears if you attempt to have any of your concerns addressed with the administrators (principal,superintendent). Parent involvement is NOT encouraged here, so when choosing a school do not base it solely off test scores because the culture within the school is just as vital. Worst Franklin elementary school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

teachers are very caring. lots of parent involvment which I like. Wish school would open a few minutes earlier. Is like a herd of cattle when the doors open.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2013

Unfriendly office staff. The school is set in its ways and unless the child can conform to the standard teaching methods DON'T send your child here. If your child struggles in any area do NOT expect any help from the teachers to improve the learning environment for your child. Can't wait until the school year is over to get my child OUT of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2012

I am extremely impressed with the special education program at Ben Franklin. The teachers are some of the most caring individuals I have ever met. They work hard to meet their students' needs. IEP meetings are run smoothly,. Parent input is always accepted, and communication has been exceptional.


Posted December 31, 2011

The holiday music program was outstanding this year. Lots of smiles in the audience and on stage. Thanks for the long hours it took to prepare for the performance.


Posted September 7, 2011

Tremendously lacking in the professional ability (though not lacking material resources) to support children with ANY type of physical need or intellectual deficit - however minor. Withdrew our child after two years and enrolled in a private school that readily handled the physical disability (though they were not legally required to do so). Recommend you avoid this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

We moved to this school district for the special ed program after meeting with the early childhood teacher and district special needs director. Our son has autism and I feel that the special ed teachers and support staff have a good understanding of ASD. We have never had a problem with an IEP, even when expecting one his needs were met, my concerns addressed and they almost always exceed my expectations - often offering services I didn't think to ask for. We've been at the school 5 years now. When a problem arises like bullying, they take it seriously and have addressed my concerns starting the very next day. High involvement from parents lends to a sense of community. They have wonderful teachers and it is a newer facility. I do recommend this school for special ed and regular education. It is the reason we moved to the area and I do not regret that decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2011

The new principal is outstanding......but some of the teachers are lacking basic teacher/parent relation skills. Often, I have attempted to contact my children's teacher but calls are not returned. The open door policy that most schools have is not utilized here. One of the secretaries is very rude and seem to almost attack one if they want to visit there own child's room unannounced. The PTA is great and they come up with great family activities.....I just wish some of these teachers had better communication skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2011

Terrible special education program. They have all of the resources they could ask for, (an entire classroom dedicated to sensory issues, etc.) so it appears as though it would be a great place for sped students, but they were generally unsupportive. The staff created a downright negative environment for my child with Asperger's, often punishing and shaming the child for symptoms of the disorder. They also continuously pushed the idea of medication, after being told repeatedly that we were opposed to it. We have since moved to a different district where my child's entire school experience has improved greatly and medication has never been mentioned... I would not suggest this school to anyone who has a child with special needs. There seems to be a lack of basic understanding, even on the part of the special education teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

I love the wonderful parents and teachers that help make this school such a great place to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2005

Ben Franklin is a well rounded school in academic, mucic, art & extracuricular activities! Parent involvement is very obvious in the school and in the children.
—Submitted by a teacher


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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 34% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
91%

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

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 75% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
100%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
94%

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

Math

All Students57%
Female50%
Male61%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin65%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled63%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant57%

Reading

All Students37%
Female33%
Male39%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin44%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled42%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant37%
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 Students86%
Female90%
Male80%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled91%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant86%

Math

All Students63%
Female54%
Male75%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin58%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled67%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant63%

Reading

All Students28%
Female19%
Male40%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin29%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled29%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant28%

Science

All Students87%
Female84%
Male90%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled87%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant87%

Social Studies

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled100%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant100%
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 Students66%
Female71%
Male61%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin74%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities17%
Non-disabled79%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant66%

Reading

All Students29%
Female42%
Male19%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin32%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled37%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant29%
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 Students79%
Female82%
Male77%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant79%

Reading

All Students60%
Female66%
Male54%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin63%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant60%
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 83% 73%
Hispanic 7% 10%
Asian 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2% 1%
Black, not Hispanic 2% 10%
Multiracial 1% 2%
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 16%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 5%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 80%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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  • Mary Pat Siewert
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