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Atwater Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 527 students

 

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Posted March 1, 2014

Very bad school because this school is very dirty and non smart this school is also very weird


Posted June 16, 2011

We love Atwater school because of its excellent principal (former and current) and very good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2011

We love Atwater School! Atwater has great teachers, principal, PTO, specials, cultural diversity, parents, and community environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

Great teachers, strong and caring leadership, challenging curriculum, lots of enrichment opportunities, warm and friendly school atmosphere with great receptivity to parent involvement!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2010

This is the best school my kids have attended. I would not change it. They have helped all my kids, without discrimination. This is an admirable school. I feel safe leaving my kids there because there is good oversight and the teachers are the best. Shorewood Village is very nice and I am very happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2009

Reading previous reviews,note that this year Atwater will have a new principal and new guidance counselor as well as a new OT, all of which are involved in discipline/learning differences. It's hard to predict what it will be like in 2009/2010 as those are major players. Currently: Top notch music and art programs. Imaginative gym classes. New character education program. Chicago Math (fuzzy math) through 5th grade. Class size 22-25.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2009

teacher and school quality is above average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

My child attended this school for three years. We moved from out of state so we had a great school to compare it to. My child was bullied by children on the playground from day one and the staff and principal did nothing to help. There is no gifted program, the teachers are skittish because of an arrogant, principal and the playground is like Lord of the Flies. Parents (depending on who you are in the community) are generally treated like trouble making problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2007

One of the many reason our family enjoys Atwater school is because they do not have a gifted and talented program. We have lived in several school districts across the country and feel the unnecessary tracking a gifted and talented program entails is an inefficient educational process on many levels. Atwater takes every child to a level that is above and beyond what the child ever thought possible. The classroom teachers creatively teach the necessary curriculum. An absolute plus is that with through music, art, orchestra, band, PE, Spanish, computer lab, science lab, etc., any and every child is given the opportunity to excel and grow academically, socially and physically. If all schools would follow the Atwater model, no child would ever be left behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2006

I just want to clarify that this school does NOT have gifted program. It has a 'challenge' program, which essentially comes down to more work. Having a gifted program is something which is very specific and was actually what I was looking for and why I am now looking elsewhere. They definitely operate from a strong mold which works best for your child if they can fit into that. It can be, and is, a very difficult road at Atwater for many. They are what they are: a traditional 'back to the basics' school, and they run very efficiently on that model. There's only so much you can do to change 'the system', and I certainly understand that. If you are looking for a setting which attempts to achieve the curriculum goals and govt. standards from a perspective of the strengths of each individual student, try the multi-age here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2006

My daughter has attended this school for the past four years (K5-3rd grade, 2002 - 2006). Her initial experience was excellent but the overall quality of the school has declined under the new principal. The regular classroom and special subject teachers have been great - the PE teacher is especially good with getting even 'average' kids excited about gym. On the negative side, the class sizes are very large - my daughter's class has 25 students, 1 teacher, no aide. The principal has been there about two years and is very unpopular with many parents and teachers. She make parents feel very unwelcome, actively creates obstacles to direct parent-teacher communication, and has created a climiate where teachers who disagree with her policies and procedures are clearly marginalized and 'steamrolled'. I would recommend this school to others only with reservations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2005

Great school in a great community. The teachers and the principal are first class. The art and music programs are excellent. I have had five boys attending this school and all are excelling in their school work. From Kindergarten to 6th grade the education is similar to that of a private school, with small class sizes and a great program for advancement if your child is gifted. But also extra help if your child is having difficulties. Just a good all round school with great social events and concerts throughout the year, and a wonderful kids club program during the summer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2003

My son was in Atwater Elementary for 3 years from K4 to 1st grade. It was a wonderful experience altogether. The community is wonderful at Shorewood, and the school does an exemplary job at teaching high level Math and redaing in a very fun way. We are very, very happy with our son's progress. Great 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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 34% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%
Social Studies

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

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%
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 47% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
97%
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 Students83%
Female85%
Male80%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant83%

Reading

All Students52%
Female63%
Male43%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin52%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%
Non-migrant52%
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 Students83%
Female86%
Male82%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin90%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled88%
English learners84%
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant83%

Math

All Students60%
Female61%
Male61%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian84%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin63%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled70%
English learners25%
Proficient in English69%
Non-migrant60%

Reading

All Students47%
Female54%
Male42%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian69%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin49%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled54%
English learners16%
Proficient in English54%
Non-migrant47%

Science

All Students85%
Female79%
Male89%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin86%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled88%
English learners75%
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant85%

Social Studies

All Students94%
Female96%
Male92%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin95%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled95%
English learners83%
Proficient in English96%
Non-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 Students70%
Female72%
Male67%
Black, not of Hispanic origin18%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin93%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled75%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant70%

Reading

All Students56%
Female57%
Male56%
Black, not of Hispanic origin18%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin76%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled65%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant56%
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 Students62%
Female60%
Male63%
Black, not of Hispanic origin24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin80%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled67%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Non-migrant62%

Reading

All Students52%
Female57%
Male45%
Black, not of Hispanic origin24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin65%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled55%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Non-migrant52%
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 66% 73%
Asian 13% 4%
Black, not Hispanic 10% 10%
Hispanic 7% 10%
Multiracial 5% 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 11%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 17%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 91%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 62%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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  • Timothy Kenney
Fax number
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