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Shorewood Hills Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 458 students

 
 

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Posted May 19, 2013

We chose to move to Shorewood because of the school, and we could not be happier. We wanted to find a school with a diverse, international, and engaged community (parents and teachers) that would stretch our daughter's mind. We feel that we truly lucked out. Before enrolling this year, our daughter blossomed in a Montessori program where she learned responsibility and the love of learning. She started reading very young, and has a great love for learning. Her teacher who balances professionalism and a caring / nurturing environment has been a godsend. Nearly 1/2 of her students learned another language at home, and a handful of the kids knew very little English prior to the school year. Yet, somehow, she stretches all of them to learn. She encourages my daughter's creativity and regularly demonstrates great patience. Our daughter loves the school. It's not just the classroom. The whole community is incredible, and wildly international. Highlights include International Week and a Variety Show that captures the global diversity. Whether it's a chess club or an after-school arts, it seems the older kids are helping the younger ones. We couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2011

My son was here for 1 year (kindergarten) and he developed reading skills within 1month after the school started. The teachers are so nice and friendly. The kids get good learning lessons. My son misses this school, his friends and teacher since we moved away from Madison. Best school ever!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2010

We moved from the SF Bay Area two years ago and found this as the best school that could replicate CA's diversity and acceptance aspects so my kids would not skip a beat by our move here. The music, art, special ed and extracurricular activities offered at this school make it well worth attending and is a wonderful representation of Madison's commitment to educating its children. As a product of Northern California and Southern California public schools, I would recommend any parent considering a move to Madison, have their young children attend Shorewood and raise their children in Madison, WI (of course one would have to brave the long winters).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2009

Many people consider Shorewood the best elementary school in MMSD. The reason is not because of MMSD or Shorewood - it's because of the incredible students and parents. Shorewood draws kids from a cohesive, well-educated neighborhood and from University housing for motivated international graduate students and visiting faculty. Classes are filled with well-behaved, ready-to-learn kids from more than fifty nations. Parents volunteer extensively, plan superb events, make sure kids are well-prepared, and augment MMSD's curriculum with outside tutoring. Classes rarely go above 26 kids. Shorewood's ESL and special ed support is strong. The art teacher is exceptional. Some teachers are outstanding, most very capable, some below par. The principal is pleasant but an ineffectual leader. The school has all the shortcomings of MMSD as a whole: lack of challenge in standards, curriculum and textbooks; lousy constructivist math curriculum; virtually no support for gifted students; aging facilities; ancient technology.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2009

I completely agree with the previous post. My daughter was attending kindergarten in this school in 2007. When we came to meet her teacher, the teacher paid a little attention to us, and we did not feel welcome to her class. The class environment was not warm and inviting --- our daughter did not like going to this school at all. After a few months we switched the school --- an amazing change --- our daughter asks us when is going to be Monday so she could go to her new school and meet her new teacher and classmates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2009

This school rests on its reputation and its international population. The community has a very high level of education and the kids receive a tremendous amount of support outside of the school. The principal lacks initiative, organizational and communication skills and leadership capacity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2008

After 5 years at this school, we still think it is great. The teachers and staff are wonderful and very caring. The principal knows every single kid by name, even the kindergardners. The specials teachers (music, gym, etc.) are dedicated and constantly challenging the students to learn new things and do their best. Parents are a vital part of the school and always welcome, with many ways to volunteer a little or a lot of time. Fabulous school. We love it here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2008

Best school so far! Outstanding teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2007

I agree that the teachers and school do little if anything for kids who are struggling. Many of the kids have private tutors and extra enrichment, or else learn very little. I pulled my son from the school because it was a waste of his time and a degrading environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2007

Shorewood Hills Elementary school is a wonderful school. The teachers are great with the students.Lots of patent evolvement and extracurricular activities.There is a student council that does a excellent job of organizing fun things to do for the school.I would definitely recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2007

This school draws from graduate student housing and one of the wealthier areas of Madison so there is a lot of parental involvement and a lot of ethnic diversity. However, there are no resources available if your student is behind or struggling (unless they are ESL or special ed). Most parents are left to hire tutors, many do. Like any school, the quality of student's experience is dependant upon the quality of the teachers. There are some excellent teachers and some not so excellent teachers. The PTO is VERY active.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2006

I have two kids at this school one is in 4th grade and the other is in 1st grade. SHES is very well known as the 'mini united nations.'All the students respect each other,and are very friendly.My children have learned a lot at SHES.The staff are very good at matching every child's needs.Sadly we have to move from this lovely school.I would definitely recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2004

I concur with the previous review-excellent teachers, excellent school. My child went to Shorewood Hills for his K and 1st grade. Unfortunately, we have to leave because of relocation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2004

Shorewood is known as a mini United Nations. It has kids from all over the world because of its closeness to UW Madison . The school has excellent Teachers and a great atmosphere!
—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 49% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 34% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%
Social Studies

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

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%
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 Students77%
Female73%
Male80%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian91%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin64%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners65%
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant77%

Reading

All Students67%
Female73%
Male60%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian78%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin59%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners71%
Proficient in English65%
Non-migrant67%
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 Students91%
Female85%
Male94%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian90%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin93%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners80%
Proficient in English94%
Non-migrant91%

Math

All Students81%
Female75%
Male85%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian90%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin84%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners74%
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant81%

Reading

All Students61%
Female57%
Male65%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian62%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin70%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners40%
Proficient in English68%
Non-migrant61%

Science

All Students90%
Female89%
Male91%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian95%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin90%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners80%
Proficient in English94%
Non-migrant90%

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female96%
Male100%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learners100%
Proficient in English97%
Non-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 Students85%
Female76%
Male93%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian82%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin87%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant85%

Reading

All Students59%
Female62%
Male57%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian45%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin69%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant59%
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 45% 73%
Asian 33% 4%
Hispanic 8% 10%
Black, not Hispanic 7% 10%
Multiracial 7% 2%
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 6%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 34%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 67%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 50%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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1105 Shorewood Blvd
Madison, WI 53705
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