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Lowell Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 365 students

 

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Posted June 17, 2011

Lowell Elementary is a school that I would not have dreamed of giving "5 stars" to before the current principal came to her position. Lowell benefits from dedicated, unflinching, unafraid of change staff, teachers, and principal. Unlike a previous poster, I do not find the academics lackluster . . . unless one holds standardized test scores in high esteem. Let's be clear, Lowell School is diverse in more than one sense of the word - socio-economically, racial/ethnically, geographically (in terms of birth countries of students and parent), and liguistically (i.e., language spoken in the home). And yet, the community of students, parents, and teachers come together in a supportive way that keeps the best interests of students in the forefront. After feeling chagrined that my daughter didn't get into the local dual immersion charter school, we are not even applying for this year b/c I cannot imagine a better environment for my daughter to learn than Lowell School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2011

This is a terrific school in a fantastic community. The school is very diverse and terrifically integrated. The kids seem to not only get along with one another but really encourage and respect one another. These are often things missing from larger public schools. The principal has done a terrific job fostering a "community of friends". The academics are somewhat lack luster, but I think the teachers do a great job challenging the students with the resources and funding they are given. Overall very happy with our experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

My school works hard involving our children in the community and getting the community engaged in their education.


Posted September 16, 2008

There is a new principal since the previous review, who's very responsive to parent & staff input. Staff are much more satisfied, and many efforts have been made to improve the atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

The leadership of the principal is lacking. There has been a huge staff turnover. School district has not responded to parent complaints.
—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 50% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%
Social Studies

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

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
65%
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 Students73%
Female74%
Male73%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin83%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant73%

Reading

All Students58%
Female60%
Male57%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin66%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Non-migrant58%
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%
Female84%
Male60%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin95%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled77%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant76%

Math

All Students56%
Female52%
Male60%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin60%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled59%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%
Non-migrant56%

Reading

All Students51%
Female52%
Male46%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin65%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled56%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%
Non-migrant51%

Science

All Students81%
Female84%
Male74%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin90%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled85%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant81%

Social Studies

All Students91%
Female96%
Male80%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin95%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled92%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Non-migrant91%
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 Students40%
Female41%
Male39%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin35%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English40%
Non-migrant40%

Reading

All Students34%
Female42%
Male28%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin50%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English42%
Non-migrant34%
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 51% 73%
Black, not Hispanic 22% 10%
Hispanic 15% 10%
Multiracial 8% 2%
Asian 4% 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 13%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 14%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 60%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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School Leader's name
  • Jacqueline Jolly
Fax number
  • (608) 204-0463

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