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Public | PK-5 | 588 students

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Posted September 10, 2013

Riley school is very helpful to me in getting my son focused and ready for the school day. He has issues that keep him from wanting to go to school and most days he refuses but the staff and teachers at Riley do a great job at getting him to calm down and participate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Riley is a very enthusiastic and Collaborative school. Parents and staff are always on board! The clc program also has lots of activities that promote care and community involvement!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

We were one of the few schools last school year that was not on the states need to improve list!!!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 18, 2009

Riley has onew of the best afterschool programming for kids and parents alike.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 18, 2009

I love the community of learners at the school. I appreciate the efforts of the parents in helping achieve academic excellence and I also appreciate the efforts the teachers make to build self-esteem in the students at Riley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

I love Riley Elementary School for many reasons. We have a diverse population of students and families, as well as a dedicated and experienced staff. We are committed to providing the best education for our students and we offer a variety of programs to meet individual student needs, such as bilingual instruction, English as a second language, and a K4 program. We also have a variety of after school programs including arts and crafts, soccer, basketball, and tutoring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

At Riley we are dedicated to our students. We strive to create the best learning environment and offer experiences that will prepare each student to succeed.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 17, 2009

There are many teachers that take time out of their day to learn about their students and really care what happens. We have a great CLC program that offers kids things to do after school. I know many people who do more than their share to get things done at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I love Riley because the staff makes an extra effort to address the needs of all of its students. We are a predominantly low-income school where teachers and other staff try to make Riley feel like an extension of home for the students, a place where they are nurtured and pushed to excel.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 16, 2009

As a bilingual school, Riley cares about all students and their cultural heritages.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 16, 2009

The staff of the school cares about the children. We have children who are learning. We have over 90% free and reduced lunch children. When President Obama was elected, the children were so excited. I had kindergarden kids who knew the Presidents name. They still talk about him. They are excited about learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

I definitely would recommend this school. They truly achieve high academic standards and require that children meet these standards and help them do so successfully. I also think it's wonderful that they have day care/after school programs right on site which makes it very convenient for working parents not to have to worry where there kids should go before or after school. I also like that they keep the children together close to their age range and even for breakfast and lunch time, not like other schools who mix the little ones with the pre-teens, making it a potentially scary/intimidating/uncomfortable situation for little ones.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
47%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
1%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
49%
Social Studies

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

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%
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 Students7%
Female9%
Male6%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic6%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled9%
English learners6%
Proficient in English10%
Non-migrant7%

Reading

All Students7%
Female4%
Male9%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic4%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled9%
English learners3%
Proficient in English15%
Non-migrant7%
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 Students40%
Female50%
Male34%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic39%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities29%
Non-disabled44%
English learners42%
Proficient in English39%
Non-migrant40%

Math

All Students7%
Female4%
Male10%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic8%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled8%
English learners6%
Proficient in English10%
Non-migrant7%

Reading

All Students1%
Female4%
Male0%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic2%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled2%
English learners0%
Proficient in English3%
Non-migrant1%

Science

All Students32%
Female33%
Male33%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic37%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities24%
Non-disabled36%
English learners33%
Proficient in English32%
Non-migrant32%

Social Studies

All Students76%
Female75%
Male77%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities77%
Non-disabled76%
English learners78%
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant76%
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 Students19%
Female15%
Male22%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic21%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled25%
English learners7%
Proficient in English24%
Non-migrant19%

Reading

All Students11%
Female15%
Male7%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic9%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled15%
English learners0%
Proficient in English16%
Non-migrant11%
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

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Academic rating
3 / 10
Climate rating
6 / 10

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Overall academic rating

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Math growth
Below Average
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.

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Promoting high academic expectations for all students.

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Supporting its teachers.

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 76% 10%
Black, not Hispanic 14% 10%
White, not Hispanic 8% 73%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 1%
Asian 1% 4%
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 22%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 96%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 38%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 92%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 40%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 96%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

School leader's name Harry A Russo
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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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
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Poetry

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45
School end time
  • 2:25
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Harry Russo
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?
  • No
Fax number
  • (414) 902-7115

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
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
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Poetry

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Math club
  • Science club
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Dress Code
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