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Great Lakes Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 373 students

 

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Posted March 28, 2014

I have not had issues with the teachers but the principle leaves a lot to be desired. For three years my kids have gone here and the lack of authority shown is ridiculous. Many of the 5th graders are bullies with no respect for adults and the principle does nothing to stop it. As a parent I have volunteered my time on many occasions or just tried to help our when needed. Drives me crazy that I have been told I have no authority to tell kids they cant do something. If they bring a gun, toy or not, I was told its not my place to stop the child. Is it a little twisted that I am supposed to send my kids here but am not allowed protect them form other kids?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2013

My son goes to Great Lakes. He will be headed to the middle school in September. I am very impressed with the school. He received some special education services. I was more than impressed with the strides that Great Lakes has helped him to make and hope that the middle school is as resourceful and helpful. I have one other child that WILL be attending Great Lakes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

This school has gone downhill over the last 3 years if you have special need student this school is not for them they just push them threw each grade with no concerns if the student should or should not go on to the next grade level. I have a 4 year old son that will not be going to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2011

The school itself is nice and it is one of the smaller schools but if you have special ed student they prefer to have the child on medication and to sit still all day long. They(teachers, school staff) don't like to go the extra mile for a child that needs attention with adhd and autism I have found out. The principal does say she has experience with children of this nature but the IEP speaks for itself. I was very disappointed in this school and their are great assistants at this school that work with my son I love them and he loves them too! Do your homework when enrolling your children in this school if you have a special ed child. If you don't have any concerns along this lines your kids should do fine. If you end up open enrolling one child you might not get the other one granted.. that is what I found out due to "space". You don't get preference for families either. Just a FYI.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2008

Childrens safety is non existant at this school. Children and adults are free to come and go through any door they please.
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Posted August 22, 2006

We are grateful that our children are the part of a school like Great Lakes. The teachers are amazing and focus on the children as they should. We have always had wonderful experiences with our childrens teachers and have never worried about personal issues becoming public or discussed with others. Mr. Mertzig always has a smile on his face and greets the children and parents. We can not say enough about the teachers of Great Lakes. We must always remember the real focus is the well being of the children, which we are fortunate that this is generally the case at Great Lakes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2003

Our grandson has been at Great Lakes since Kindergarten. His is now in the third grade. From the Principal, Mr. Dennis Mertzig, to the teachers and staff at this fine school, my wife and I know that our grandson, is in safe and capable hands. He loves school, and the atmosphere there at Great Lakes is one which lets the parents, albeit grandparents, become involved with the learning process. He is so fortunate to be able to attend such a school.


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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
89%

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

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
85%
Social Studies

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

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
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 Students61%
Female67%
Male54%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled64%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
Non-migrant61%

Reading

All Students50%
Female54%
Male43%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled51%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant50%
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 Students66%
Female75%
Male60%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin72%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled68%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant66%

Math

All Students45%
Female41%
Male48%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin47%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled47%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English45%
Non-migrant45%

Reading

All Students45%
Female55%
Male37%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin51%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled51%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English45%
Non-migrant45%

Science

All Students79%
Female79%
Male78%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin79%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled81%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Non-migrant79%

Social Studies

All Students90%
Female88%
Male92%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin93%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled88%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant90%
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 Students50%
Female47%
Male53%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant50%

Reading

All Students36%
Female30%
Male46%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English36%
Non-migrant36%
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

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 88% 73%
Black, not Hispanic 4% 10%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 3% 1%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Asian 1% 4%
Hispanic 1% 10%
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 47%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 0%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 79%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 79%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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  • Cindy Magnuson
Fax number
  • (715) 395-8505

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129 N 28th St E
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