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Toki Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 511 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 13, 2014

I am a parent of 2 students currently at Toki. They both have been happy there. The school has had rapid changes in student demographics, staffing (including a new principal several years ago), and MMSD philosophy/initiatives. Many prospective parents ask about student safety but my kids have not had any issues there. There are some disruptive students and I think the school could deal better with that, but they are working on it. The principal is really gung-ho about expeditionary learning and that is still a work in progress--hard to tell how it will turn out in the end. This is a very diverse school in many ways and I think that is a plus. Staff has been receptive when I have brought up concerns, and they are actively working on improving offerings for learning for advanced kids. There is also an AVID program to help kids who are maybe on the edge of being able to go to college, to prepare for that starting now in middle school. Parents who don't have kids there yet seem to have a fearful attitude toward Toki and seem surprised when I say that our family has been happy there. Other Toki parents have had the same experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Toki Middle School Has Been An Outstanding Educational Experience For My Son. Toki Has Afforded Him To.Grow Academically, Socially And Personally. The Teachers Are Fantastic At Relating Learning In The Classroom With Real World Experience. The Atmosphere Is Always Positive With AWe Can Do It Attitude. I Love The Diversity And TheEmphasis And Celebration Of All Cultures. The School Definitely Prepared My Son For His Next Step To High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

My son is in 6th grade at Toki Middle School and I love it, so far. I love the fact that the teachers are willing and eager to help the students and if there is an issue they are too helpful to see how a resolution can be implemented to get it corrected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

Both my children have been happy with this school. They have teachers they really like and who care about their needs. There are some struggles, such as children who disrupt classroom time, but the teachers are responsive and the principal is willing to try new ideas/programs such as Expediatiary Learning and partners with community resources to give children additional resources.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2013

I hate Toki Middle School, the teachers don't know how to handle a class and they don't know how to teach, I learned NOTHING in my two years there and I am elated that I am finally going to a different school. Most students that go to Toki have behavioral issues but Toki doesn't have enough teachers to handle them, and there are way too many students per teacher. This year two of the teachers that were actually good teachers are leaving making the school an even worse place to be. The Unified Arts department is under funded and when I went there the orchestra room was a tiny room at the back of the school, they have moved the orchestra room but now both the orchestra and choir are in the are in the same room. I highly advise parents not to send their child/ren there.


Posted December 1, 2012

Toki Middle School provided my 3 children with life experiences that cannot be found in schools catering to homogeneous populations. My children learned to appreciate perspectives different from their own and to feel confident in themselves and in expressing their opinions. They developed a good sense of community and a respect for others with whom thet may have not otherwise worked with socially or academically. Their stanardized test scores were high...although it may be difficult to tell from the school's average. Their social and academdic transition to high school was smooth and they were well prepared to deal with added pressure on both levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2012

The teachers are absolutely fantastic, each and every one of them. I am pleasantly surprised by the school spirit at Toki! My daughter loves it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2011

I have had three children over 9 years attend Toki. My first child had a great experience-the teachers were incredible, all students were held to high standards, and the Principal and Support Staff were highly regarded. Over the years the leadership has changed so much, that most of the excellent, experienced staff and support staff have left or have been reassigned. It is now an NCLB "school in need of improvement" and we considered applying to other schools with our youngest. However, she loves her teachers, most of whom are very young, but it is obvious that the expectations for ALL students academically and behaviorally is not at all at the level it was for my oldest. It is now trying to adapt a specific curricular model...probably at the expense of the quality of behavior and low reading scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2010

great, enthusiastic staff. We just went to back to school night and I was very impressed with curriculum/expectations and the staff . Very happy 6th grade parent. My daughter loves going to school every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2008

I have had 3 children complete middle school at Toki and two more are there now. All 5 children have received a very good education. Most of the staff is hard working, dedicated and make learning interesting. One son required extensive special education services. The team was great! It made a big difference for him. There are lots of after-school activities for kids who are interested. I love that it's mutlicultural (race, income, religion). We have choosen to continued to send our kids there dispite other options. No regrets!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2008

Poor as far as Learning Disabled Dept. Too many students per teacher. Poor behavior among student body, very disrespectful, would not recommend it
—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.

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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 47% in 2014.

165 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

165 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 37% in 2014.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%
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 63% in 2014.

139 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

139 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2014.

139 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2014.

139 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 79% in 2014.

139 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
69%
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 Students35%
Female38%
Male34%
Black, not of Hispanic origin10%
Asian34%
Hispanic23%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin57%
Economically disadvantaged5%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities11%
Non-disabled39%
English learners8%
Proficient in English41%
Non-migrant35%

Reading

All Students31%
Female39%
Male23%
Black, not of Hispanic origin2%
Asian27%
Hispanic18%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin54%
Economically disadvantaged5%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled34%
English learners8%
Proficient in English35%
Non-migrant31%
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 Students46%
Female36%
Male52%
Black, not of Hispanic origin4%
Asian46%
Hispanic29%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin59%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled51%
English learners0%
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant46%

Reading

All Students36%
Female31%
Male41%
Black, not of Hispanic origin8%
Asian27%
Hispanic7%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin50%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled42%
English learners0%
Proficient in English41%
Non-migrant36%
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 Students61%
Female62%
Male58%
Black, not of Hispanic origin29%
Asian54%
Hispanic45%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin83%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled67%
English learners23%
Proficient in English64%
Non-migrant61%

Math

All Students43%
Female33%
Male51%
Black, not of Hispanic origin6%
Asian62%
Hispanic11%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin67%
Economically disadvantaged2%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled48%
English learners0%
Proficient in English46%
Non-migrant43%

Reading

All Students41%
Female48%
Male34%
Black, not of Hispanic origin8%
Asian62%
Hispanic11%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin63%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled45%
English learners0%
Proficient in English45%
Non-migrant41%

Science

All Students81%
Female75%
Male86%
Black, not of Hispanic origin55%
Asian77%
Hispanic73%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin97%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities36%
Non-disabled85%
English learners46%
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant81%

Social Studies

All Students74%
Female73%
Male75%
Black, not of Hispanic origin44%
Asian69%
Hispanic67%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin93%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities14%
Non-disabled81%
English learners38%
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant74%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White, not Hispanic 51% 73%
Black, not Hispanic 23% 10%
Hispanic 12% 10%
Asian 9% 4%
Multiracial 5% 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 15%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 12%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 73%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 55%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 95%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

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