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Merton Primary School

Public | PK-3 | 441 students

 

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Posted June 22, 2014

We moved in the middle of the school year from a state ranked 1st nationally for their public education. Our daughter was in 5K and had the privilege of being placed in Mrs. Shannon's class. She Skyped with us before our official move so our daughter could meet her new classmates and even Skyped with her old classroom after we moved so our daughter could see her old classmates. This is just a small example of how great this school is. Most parents participate and contribute making the school even better. The whole school from other parents, administration, and especially our teacher exceeded our every expectation! We know we made an excellent choice by choosing Merton Primary and living in the community. We look forward to continuing our academic journey here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2014

This school in general is ok. We had great expectation and not so good experience. The principal is great but the worst problems we came across are the teachers. Some of them personally disliked my child (only 5 years old). My child would come back home crying that teachers are yelling at him and he didn't want to go back to school the next day. I have never had such situation before. These teachers didn't like that he was more of a individualist. They do not know how to get the child involved and interested in a lesson, neither do they care as I talk to them few times. They let their personal feelings get in a way of responsible teaching. I personally talk to them few times and it didn't help. They seem like the have no clue how to talk to my child and they just assume my child is a problem. Also, I decided not to do the bus as I was afraid my son will be lost after what I had seen in the morning. At this point I have to contact someone higher level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2011

We love Merton! The teachers are supportive and encouraging, and go above and beyond daily. My second grader's classroom regularly Skypes with a classroom in Iowa, a modern day, realtime version of pen pal-ing. All classrooms have smartboards, which the kids interact with daily. The principal, Mr. Budisch, knows all the kids and the kids love him. He is supportive and interactive with the teachers, students and parents. He keeps current on technology and teaching methodology, and recently attended a conference on how advances in technology will affect how and what our children are learning, and what they should be learning. At the end of the school year, the kindergarteners pick an animal to write a report on, to be accompanied by a homemade model of the animal. The first graders create wagons from household materials (no premade wheels) and have a parade around the school. The things the school has enabled my children to do and to think are amazing, especially when compared to the education I received 20+ years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2007

Very impressed with the principal Mr. Budisch!! Always available for the kids and the parents. The kids just love him, great role model!! Mr. Boucher did a fabulous job on the Christmas concert, great job!!
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Posted September 19, 2006

I really feel the school is extremely child-centered. The teachers and principal genuinely care and are motivated to give the children the best they can. There are a lot of opportunities for children to pursue different interests, whether they are sport, art or academically centered. There are programs to help challenge gifted or accelerated learners and there are programs for special needs children as well. The parents are welcome in the school as volunteers and I believe the attendance for a volunteer orientation meeting this year was 180 parents! I frequently hear parents say that they moved to this area because of the reputation of not just the high school, but of the primary school as well. We are very happy to be in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 34% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
92%

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 Students86%
Female80%
Male92%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled90%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant86%

Reading

All Students66%
Female65%
Male68%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled70%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant66%
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 94% 73%
Hispanic 4% 10%
Asian 1% 4%
Multiracial 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 1%
Black, not Hispanic 0% 10%
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 9%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 0%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 98%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 64%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
  • Mike Budisch
Fax number
  • (262) 538-3937

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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N68 W28460 Sussex Rd
Merton, WI 53056
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