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Neeskara School

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Posted July 5, 2010

Im a parent..Love the diversity here,but very recist and disorganized school. We have been through alot of issues here at Neeskara. My Kids thought 1 suppse 2 love aother. until they came there..Now they see different, They are great kids but now know that its hard for their color. Dont send your kids there. We have race problems already in the world.Why start with next the generation,.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2007

Neeskara is a great school, I like the diverse population. They really care about the students and I really like the emphasis on allowing the children to be 'peacemakers'. The office staff are always polite and cheerful. This is a school that strives for academic excellence. My son loves his school. There are a lot of programs the children participate in and the PTO is awesome. I believe this is the best MPS school in Milwaukee. Tiffany Hughes
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Posted June 5, 2007

Neeskara is a wonderful school,I have three children that attend and they are always very excited to go to school in the morning. The staff is wonderful,the Principal and Assistant Principal is always's willing to take the time out to listen to my suggestion's and concerns. Mr.Caldwell is just what Neeskara needs . I would like to give a Special Thank's to the teachers that really took time out with my son (DJ) you will never know how much I appreciate you guy's I will never forget you Ladies. Thank you Ms.Judy for always's being there to answer my calls you are a beautiful person inside and out and the Best Secretary in world. I recommend Neeskara School to any Mom who is looking for a friendly child safe environment even if your child has challenges Neeskara does not give up on children and that is what I Love about this school.' Mrs.E
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Posted May 15, 2007

Hi,my name is Trish. Me and my family moved away from milwaukee 2 years ago.I regret leaving milwaukee and neeskara school,because melanie is not doing good in the school she's in.Neeskara teachers really take their time with children to help the kids understand the work.They also have many activity & plays.I remember one play my daugther was in it was call a baby leopard.Melanie really miss her school also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2004

Neeskara is a wonderful neighborhood school. Teachers genuinely care for my child and with a diverse population of student, I feel my child is getting a wonderful cultural experience along with his education. The school is one of the two dedicated to the deaf and hard of hearing and the classrooms are set up to accommodate special needs along side the general population. While resources are low (MPS budget-wise) the school and the parents through PTO work very hard to make up for funding issues.
—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 50% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
52%
Social Studies

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

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
78%
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 Students22%
Female26%
Male18%
Black, not of Hispanic origin21%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled33%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English22%
Non-migrant22%

Reading

All Students18%
Female26%
Male11%
Black, not of Hispanic origin11%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled27%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English18%
Non-migrant18%
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 Students47%
Female54%
Male40%
Black, not of Hispanic origin50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities31%
Non-disabled55%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant47%

Math

All Students23%
Female23%
Male24%
Black, not of Hispanic origin28%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities13%
Non-disabled29%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant23%

Reading

All Students15%
Female18%
Male12%
Black, not of Hispanic origin17%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled19%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant15%

Science

All Students49%
Female45%
Male52%
Black, not of Hispanic origin53%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities38%
Non-disabled55%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant49%

Social Studies

All Students66%
Female77%
Male56%
Black, not of Hispanic origin70%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities38%
Non-disabled80%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant66%
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 Students31%
Female33%
Male30%
Black, not of Hispanic origin28%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled43%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant31%

Reading

All Students22%
Female33%
Male11%
Black, not of Hispanic origin21%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities13%
Non-disabled26%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant22%
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

GreatSchools Rating

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Academic rating
4 / 10
Climate rating
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Overall academic rating

4

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Reading growth
Average

*Test scores are based on the 2013 WSAS results from the state of Wisconsin.

**The academic growth rating measures how schools affect student test score improvement over time in reading and math. This data is from 2013 and is provided by the Value-Added Research Center and Milwaukee Public Schools.

Climate ratings

This rating encompasses five elements of school climate: safety and cleanliness, respect and relationships, expectations for students, teacher collaboration and support, and parent involvement. This school's climate ratings are the result of GreatSchools' analysis of teacher survey data from the Spring 2013 School Climate Survey developed by Milwaukee Public Schools. Unfortunately, this school didn't provide enough survey responses to generate a climate rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black, not Hispanic 71% 10%
White, not Hispanic 11% 73%
Asian 9% 4%
Hispanic 9% 10%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 1%
Multiracial 0% 2%
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 29%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 3%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 89%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 42%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 93%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

School leader's name Erick L Owens
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45
School end time
  • 2:25
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Erick Owens
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (414) 256-8615

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student council/government
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Roosevelt School of the Arts
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1601 N Hawley Rd
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