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Gifford Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 949 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted Monday, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 3, 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


Posted October 13, 2010

The teachers are awesome! They really care about their students and their success!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 7, 2008

Great Teacher and Staff. I can't say enough good things about this school
—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.

About these ratings

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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 34% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
83%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%
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 Students54%
Female52%
Male55%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin56%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities28%
Not disabled59%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant54%

Reading

All Students40%
Female35%
Male49%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin44%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities24%
Not disabled44%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant40%
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 Students80%
Female84%
Male75%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin82%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities47%
Not disabled86%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant80%

Math

All Students46%
Female50%
Male43%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin49%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities16%
Not disabled53%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%
Not migrant46%

Reading

All Students39%
Female43%
Male34%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin44%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities5%
Not disabled45%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English39%
Not migrant39%

Science

All Students81%
Female78%
Male84%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin84%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities53%
Not disabled87%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant81%

Social Studies

All Students94%
Female93%
Male95%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin95%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities63%
Not disabled100%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant94%
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 Students49%
Female49%
Male50%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin54%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities14%
Not disabled55%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant49%

Reading

All Students31%
Female36%
Male25%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin35%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities7%
Not disabled36%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant31%
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

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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 74% 73%
Hispanic 14% 10%
Black, not Hispanic 6% 10%
Asian 2% 4%
Multiracial 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 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 17%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 5%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 90%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 81%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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8332 Northwestern Ave
Racine, WI 53406
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