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Sandburg Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 395 students

 

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Posted March 14, 2014

There is so much more to a school than standardized test scores! Sandburg is a wonderfully diverse school! For about half of our children, English is the second language. Approximately 33% of children whose naive language is English are enrolled in a program (by choice) where they are taught in Spanish. So, reading in English is tough for a large majority of our 3rd grade population. These same kids are the ones that will outscore their monolingual peers in both languages starting in middle school. (Decades of research proves this!) Sandburg has highly qualified, dedicated, and compassionate teachers. There is a good balance of experienced teachers and new teachers offering fresh ideas. The principal is highly involved in the life of the school and is rarely found in his office, preferring to get to know the children and families and supporting his staff. Sandburg has a large range of programs for children to participate in. Dual Language Immersion (English- Spanish), Swing Choir, Open School House (free enrichment classes for students and families), Family Nights, Orchestra (strings), even uni-cycling, etc. and an active Parent-Teacher Organization. This is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2013

My daughter has completed 4K and is currently in kindergarten at Sandburg Elementary. We love this school. The teachers are amazing, patient, and communicate extremely well! The principal, Mr. Wilfred, is wonderful and knows the students by name. They adore him. I love that they integrate technology through the use of iPads in the classroom. This school is definitely not a 2 of 10. There are many ESL students, which may influence test scores. Some parents could be more involved, but that affects his/her child, not mine. We will be moving out-of-state soon, but I would not hesitate to send her to Sandburg again!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2005

Sandburg Elementary was named after a very loving poet named Carl Sandburg. Students in Sandburg are very energetic adn outgoing. They have the nicest teachers like Mrs. Tait, and Mrs. Riley. Even when you finish Sandburg you know they will always remember you. Teacherse have dedicated their life to Sandburg one teacher must have been there for about 30 years!! You make many friends. The neighborhood around Sandburg is great there are lovely houses close by. They have a gym with spectacular hoops. They always have fun things to do in gym and art. They also have computer class. Everyone always has a good time at Sandburg. Everyone takes there own time learning and Sandburg gives you time. They help you if you don't get and they really cool field trips. Sandburg is elligant, cool, and has real cool kids and teachers. Great grades too!
—Submitted by a former student


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 50% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
65%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 92% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students38%
Female48%
Male27%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin54%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners25%
Proficient in English48%
Non-migrant38%

Reading

All Students19%
Female19%
Male18%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic5%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin46%
Economically disadvantaged6%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners0%
Proficient in English35%
Non-migrant19%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

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 Students69%
Female72%
Male67%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin100%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners63%
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant69%

Math

All Students40%
Female29%
Male47%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic38%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin50%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners44%
Proficient in English37%
Non-migrant40%

Reading

All Students29%
Female36%
Male24%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic25%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin50%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners13%
Proficient in English42%
Non-migrant29%

Science

All Students66%
Female78%
Male57%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin92%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners57%
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant66%

Social Studies

All Students77%
Female79%
Male76%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin100%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners63%
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

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 Students33%
Female33%
Male33%
Black, not of Hispanic origin30%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic17%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities9%
Non-disabled41%
English learners19%
Proficient in English52%
Non-migrant33%

Reading

All Students4%
Female7%
Male3%
Black, not of Hispanic origin0%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic4%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged3%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled6%
English learners4%
Proficient in English5%
Non-migrant4%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

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
Hispanic 43% 10%
White, not Hispanic 29% 73%
Black, not Hispanic 14% 10%
Multiracial 8% 2%
Asian 6% 4%
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 11%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 44%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 52%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 30%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 91%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

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