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Stephens Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 533 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted April 2, 2014

Stephens Elementary has been a wonderful environment thus far for my 7 year old son. I was very impressed with his kindergarten teacher and his 1st grade teacher has gone far and above beyond expecations. The diversity in the school is great and I appreciate the programs they implement such as their moving minds program. The principal is not always quick to react to problems but the vice principal seems very on the ball. Overall a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2013

This school is a huge disappointment. It's diverse but we have had teachers who are incompetent, unprofessional, and even bully kids and parents. Front desk and lunch staff nice but principals are ineffective and protect the bad teachers and have no respect for parents. We have had to pull our child out because of terrible teachers, not getting help for our child and poor leadership. We did not feel safe having our kid here. Very stressful and sad place, esp. if you are an involved parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2013

Our children have been attending the school for a few years now. We like the cultural diversity and the above-average intelligence level of many families. All of the teachers we have met have been nothing but great! There have been several situations, however, we felt the principal did not handle the way we would have liked her to. We feel she tries too hard to "please" everyone and doesn't take firm stances. Also, this is one of the 2 elementary schools housing the Work and Learn program, intended to provide second chance for highschool graduation to troubled youth, which is not something we want our children exposed to at that age.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2012

Terrible leadership & continuity. If you are looking for a school which honors your parental concerns, this is not the school for you. The administration will say one thing but do another. If you are looking for a clean and safe environment, this is not the school for you. There is a false, insincere "caring" from leadership. I found some of the staff to be manipulative, judgmental and immature. They were more interested in creating drama then in dealing with issues in simple ways. In dealing with some of the staff, there was no communicating, only nodding heads and tuned-out ears. The class sizes are too large for each student to "learn at their own pace" as is promised. On the first day of school I witnessed one child punch another in the face and laugh and no one did anything about it. The teacher was too distracted trying to organize the class. I saw more disciplining going on then learning. The environment is more like a zoo for children then an educational institution. I know a lot of parents who pulled their children out. I wouldn't bother sending them to begin with.


Posted October 21, 2012

Like all schools there is good and bad here. My child has dyslexia and his 1st grade teacher was not the best at acknowledging this problem. But his second grade teacher was a true advocate for him and helped us majorly with getting him an IEP. She made a major difference for our family. I agree that the Work to Learn program should not be situated inside an elementary school. And things that happened earlier this year involving one of those students was disturbing, but overall we have been very happy with our experience and that includes the 2/3 and 4/5 mixed grade classes. As with most schools it is mainly about the teacher and even that what I love you may hate. :) Also, parents are VERY active here and that is worth a ton.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

The teachers are great ... but the combo grades are not in the best interest of the kids. Someone who just turned seven may be in a class with someone who is just turning nine. This is almost three years difference in age. This range is too much burden on the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2008

We have had an excellent experience at Stephens. My son has some special needs, and the teachers, aides, and principal have gone out of their way to make sure he's got the best possible environment. My only complaint is that I don't get quite as much feedback as I would like.
—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 50% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
76%
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 Students71%
Female76%
Male66%
Black, not of Hispanic origin64%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanic29%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin79%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled72%
English learners53%
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant71%

Reading

All Students55%
Female53%
Male58%
Black, not of Hispanic origin45%
Asian/Pacific Islander61%
Hispanic21%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin68%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled57%
English learners19%
Proficient in English68%
Non-migrant55%
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 Students76%
Female72%
Male80%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin80%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities45%
Non-disabled84%
English learners72%
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant76%

Math

All Students62%
Female48%
Male73%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin55%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities27%
Non-disabled71%
English learners73%
Proficient in English59%
Non-migrant62%

Reading

All Students44%
Female44%
Male43%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin35%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities18%
Non-disabled50%
English learners18%
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant44%

Science

All Students82%
Female72%
Male90%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin85%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities54%
Non-disabled89%
English learners91%
Proficient in English80%
Non-migrant82%

Social Studies

All Students83%
Female80%
Male87%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin85%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities54%
Non-disabled91%
English learners91%
Proficient in English82%
Non-migrant83%
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 Students59%
Female46%
Male73%
Black, not of Hispanic origin0%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin72%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled64%
English learners20%
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant59%

Reading

All Students50%
Female49%
Male53%
Black, not of Hispanic origin9%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin60%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled55%
English learners0%
Proficient in English58%
Non-migrant50%
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
White, not Hispanic 41% 73%
Asian 21% 4%
Hispanic 20% 10%
Black, not Hispanic 11% 10%
Multiracial 6% 2%
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 11%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 31%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 78%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 43%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 98%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

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