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Stephens Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 533 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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Posted August 5, 2014

Very diverse student body and great teachers and activities throughout the year. I think that over the last two years it has improved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2014

This school has been an amazing experience for myself and my children. The level of parent involvement was so surprising to me. Parents are always welcome and there are many ways they can be involved. The teachers work well together and help to implement many wonderful programs for the children. The full inclusion environment creates a wonderful classroom community for both typical and a typical developing children. I could not be happier with our families experiences at Stephens Elementary School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2014

We are beginning our 5th year at this school. After reading older posts I can tell you that most of the information is old. As with most social media sites, you'll hear from those who are really happy or those who are unhappy and want to make sure everyone knows. I have served on the PTO at this school and volunteer in the classrooms. Families are active and engaged giving of their time and financial resources. PTO provides lots of fun family activities (Movie Night, Science Fair, Spelling Bee) and provides lots of extras for the school. We've had good teachers so far. Work and Learn has not been at this school for over a year. The school has diversity and pulls kids from different subdivisions as well as the walking community. PTO welcomes any questions you may have. See the school website.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2014

Not only does the school provide the academic education my children need, my children learn about tolerance, acceptance, community involvement, and how to be a good person. This is accomplished through diversity, role modeling, and parent involvement. My children will not only gain the needed education to be successful, they will be better people for having gone here. There can be hard lessons to learn, but in the long run, their future success will will be credited to the kind of people they are based on the lessons they learned in these early years at Glenn Stevens.
—Submitted by a parent


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


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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 34% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%
Social Studies

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

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
96%

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 50% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
86%

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

All Students70%
Female63%
Male79%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian88%
Hispanic23%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin84%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities20%
Not disabled78%
English learners59%
Proficient in English76%
Not migrant70%

Reading

All Students51%
Female48%
Male55%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian70%
Hispanic15%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin63%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities10%
Not disabled58%
English learners44%
Proficient in English55%
Not migrant51%
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 Students80%
Female76%
Male83%
Black, not of Hispanic origin45%
Asian95%
Hispanic57%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin92%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabled83%
English learners57%
Proficient in English84%
Not migrant80%

Math

All Students72%
Female65%
Male78%
Black, not of Hispanic origin45%
Asian94%
Hispanic43%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin80%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabled76%
English learners36%
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant72%

Reading

All Students46%
Female47%
Male44%
Black, not of Hispanic origin27%
Asian63%
Hispanic7%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin57%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabled50%
English learners14%
Proficient in English52%
Not migrant46%

Science

All Students82%
Female79%
Male85%
Black, not of Hispanic origin63%
Asian100%
Hispanic57%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin89%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabled87%
English learners57%
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant82%

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female97%
Male100%
Black, not of Hispanic origin91%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabled98%
English learners100%
Proficient in English98%
Not 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 Students64%
Female65%
Male62%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian88%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin57%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabled71%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant64%

Reading

All Students48%
Female43%
Male52%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian70%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin48%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabled56%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English52%
Not migrant48%
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 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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