« Back to compare
/ / School Profile
Public district
Racine, WI
Students enrolled: 949

Contact this school

8332 Northwestern Avenue
Racine, WI 53406

School website
(262) 619-4550
(262) 886-7956
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Gifford Elementary School address.

September 15, 2014
I've had 4 children go to this school and if your child does not have special needs then it is a great school. Over the years budgets have been cut and now the main focus is on test scores, not to forget we have had two principal changes in the last few years. The school has overcrowded classrooms the last few years with 28+ kids per class making it difficult to give any individual attention to the students who would benefit the most from it. My son is diagnosed with ADD and he is required to keep pace with everyone else, most of his work comes home on a daily basis because the classrooms do not have funding for teacher aides and because he tests well he doesn't qualify for and IEP. All my other children did well here but unfortunately the school has their hands tied with not enough funding and I'm out of options.

- submitted by a parent

November 21, 2013
LOVE Gifford. I have not one, not two, but FOUR children attending Gifford. Art, music, band, choir, track, off the charts amazing teachers and PTA, most involved parents I've ever seen at any school. I honestly don't see why anyone would waste money at private school if you could get your child into Gifford. It has the highest test scores of any elementary school in RUSD that's not a gifted and talented school. Two of my children are the kind of kids who are always at the top of their class, and Gifford always manages to keep them challenged. Two of my children I did not birth, and spent the first 5 years of their lives in foster care. They have an extreme amount of baggage and tons of emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities. One has an IEP. Gifford has been amazing with these two as well, they bend over backwards to meet their needs, understand their history, meet them where they are, and cheer them on to greatness. I can't say enough about the blessing this school has been to ALL FOUR of my children. P.S. Test scores are amazing considering it includes plenty of children with unique and special educational needs like 2 of mine who do not do well on tests.

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2013
Gifford Elementary School has the best state test scores in the area even compared to the nearby rural schools. Gifford boasts a very active PTA that is highly supported by the school staff and administrators. The class sizes are too large and this is a negative. 28 to 1 is the norm. As one parent spoke regarding the issues caused by having a large number of students eating lunch at one time (150 per grade), a parent needs to keep in mind that lunch is 20 minutes of their day. In the big scope of things, test scores, educational enrichment programs and staff should count heavily and at Gifford you have those.

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2012
This school has been a nightmare for us. Not only do they have some of the largest class sizes in the district there are issues with supervision during lunches. The students have far too little time for lunch. The school hours are also much too late for early elementary students and it is common for students attending this school to not get home until 4:30 in the afternoon. When looking to buy a house we looked specifically to buy out of the area in which our children would be districted to this school.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2011
This school is full of teachers that go above and beyond and are able to engage all students in their classrooms.

- submitted by a parent

March 03, 2011
What's the deal with Jack Senzig's blog posts? If a student drew a picture such as the one he posted, they'd be expelled. Just wondering.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 13, 2010
The teachers are awesome! They really care about their students and their success!!

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2010
I just transferred my children this year, because we didn't want them to have to switch schools mid year even tho we moved in November... WHAT A MISTAKE. I am Thrilled (!!!) with Gifford, the staff, the learning atmosphere, teachers, the kids are so well behaved and SAFE... I have not seen a safer school EVER even with all the locks and checs at other schools, this has a sense of calm to it also even tho it is 2xs as large at least of any other elem school in the city! Way to go school!!! Keep it up!!!

- submitted by a parent

March 22, 2010
I am happy with the teaching and the curriculum. I think the size of the school is way to large. I am not impressed with the cutbacks to the teachers last year with Kindergarten and the next year with first/second grade. Kindergarten classes were avg. 20 last year and are now 27 with no teachers aids, but the success of the teacher that we had she hails to the well behaved class she has this year.

- submitted by a parent

March 02, 2010
Gifford is the best and safest school in Racine County hands down. Their NO BULLYING policy should be adapted by all schools and enforced just the same. My child is learning, understanding and enjoying them self. Send your kids to Gifford if not private school!

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2009
Gifford is a great school. The teachers have been exceptional. We are greatful to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent

December 19, 2008
Gifford is an exceptional school.. I love all of the teachers my daughter has had and Mr. Russo and the office staff are great :) If it wasn't for Gifford.. I would have to school choice out of Racine.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 31, 2008
We do school choice so that my daughter can go here. In a city like Racine, its hard to find good schools and this one is the best. The faculty, staff, and students are all amazing and I feel safe with my daughter attending this school.

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2008
Great Teacher and Staff. I can't say enough good things about this school

- submitted by a parent
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »


Find out what parents are saying about Gifford Elementary School


Nearby homes for sale


Last modified: January 9, 2015

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.

GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2015 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Gifford Elementary School
8332 Northwestern Avenue, Racine, WI  53406
(262) 619-4550
Last modified Gifford Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Gifford Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 18 reviews. Top