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Washburn Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 244 students

 

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Posted February 3, 2011

Washburn Schools are green and healthy, have high academic standards in which art and music are valued as an integral part of the curriculum. Our school campus contains a garden, an excellent nutrition program, a school forest is located within walking distance. Our teachers/staff are supportive; parents are involved at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2011

We recently moved to Washburn from Madison and have had an excellent experience with our two children @ this school. The campus is beautiful, the lunches are excellent and we have teachers who are intelligent and obviously care. This place and it's people are great I would highly recommend Washburn to young families!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Washburn is an incredible community with supportive families, teachers, and community members that care about their town and their students.


Posted September 29, 2009

I love all the 'green' stuff going on at our school. They eliminated cardboard milk cartons, in favor of a milk dispensing machine! Also, my son's first grade teacher no longer sends home snack calendars or end-of-the-week notes, she has them on her website. Brilliant!!! This school rocks in lots of other departments, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

School garden, School Forest, healthy lunch program, great people, great teachers, happy kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

great teachers, friendly environment, and great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

WES houses the greatest teachers and staff that any elementary school aged child could hope to be with!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

school garden, forest and their awseome teachers!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

I attended Washburn, and I love the fact that my kids can experience the small tight knit atmosphere of Washburn too. I really love the fact that my children want to go to school and learn. The teachers are helpful and supportive. The staff keeps everything running smoothly. I am in complete support of our school being a 'green school.' The kids are not just learning academics they are being taught life lessons. Go Washburn!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

We are a small school in northern Wisconsin & have implemented many changes to our school over the last couple years. We have implemented gardening into our curriculum & have one of the best food programs in the north woods. We also have a very well rounded group of teachers and parents who help implement arts & music, along with the core classes. We have even had square dances. We have been able to provide the children with Missoula Childrens theater for the last several years. It's a great place to live & thrive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

My kids love going to school every day which say a lot. Last year when my daughter started 4th grade, her teacher told her she had been watching her grow up since kindergarten and couldn't wait to have her as a student in her class. That kind of caring made both of us feel great. I know my children are safe and happy at Washburn and are taught not only academics but the importance of being kind and a good citizen. We also the love our food program. It's the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

We are a wonderful school that offers small classrooms, caring teachers, an amazing district director and support staff. The school is supported by the community which passed a referendum to insure funding to keep the school's quality very high. We are a 'Green & Healthy' school -- offering healthy, homegrown foods and a chance for learning with a curriculum that not only includes gardens but also the natural world through the school forest programming. Arts, music and physical education help to round out a strong academic curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

The people. The staff and parents truly care about the children. We all work together to make it a great school on a Superior Lake.
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Posted September 19, 2009

Small school's give the best one on one education. The teacher's really get to know the children and see them grow and develop academically year after year. I love small schools!


Posted September 18, 2009

Wshburn has a great staff, great kids, and a community which has shown that it values education.


Posted September 18, 2009

We have agreat staff and students!


Posted September 18, 2009

We are a green school and proud of our students and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Our school has great programs, very qualified and caring staff, wonderful, supportive parents and community members and students who are motivated learners
—Submitted by a teacher


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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 34% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
84%

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

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 75% in 2014.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2014.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2014.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
77%
Social Studies

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

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
94%
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 Students67%
Femalen/a
Male69%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin71%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant67%

Reading

All Students55%
Femalen/a
Male51%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin47%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%
Non-migrant55%
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 Students84%
Femalen/a
Male85%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled100%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant84%

Math

All Students58%
Femalen/a
Male55%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled70%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Non-migrant58%

Reading

All Students31%
Femalen/a
Male22%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled37%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English31%
Non-migrant31%

Science

All Students83%
Femalen/a
Male89%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled97%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant83%

Social Studies

All Students97%
Femalen/a
Male100%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled100%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Non-migrant97%
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 Students42%
Female39%
Male47%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin55%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled48%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English42%
Non-migrant42%

Reading

All Students42%
Female39%
Male46%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin51%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled48%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English42%
Non-migrant42%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White, not Hispanic 81% 73%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 14% 1%
Hispanic 4% 10%
Black, not Hispanic 1% 10%
Asian 0% 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 13%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%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 95%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 100%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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

School Leader's name
  • Al Krause
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
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Washburn, WI 54891
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