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Bethesda Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 457 students

 
 

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Posted April 17, 2009

I recently moved to Waukesha and I'm looking into Bethesda Elementary. To the previous poster ^, What do you mean by common core?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2014

Does Bethesda support common core if so I'm looking for a school in Waukesha that does not
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2009

We absolutely love Bethesda. We have been here for 3 years. Our oldest son began 1st grade here and has felt extremely welcomed. The faculity and parents are remarkable. I am such in aw of how much parents are willing to dedicate and volunteer their time. Such a strong PTO. Since we are a military family we have to be sure to look for the top notch schools in the area. We love the staff and the community and couldn't have made a wiser choice for our children's education. We sure are going to miss Bethesda. Duty calls and we are off to our next station.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2008

Faculty and parents are very involved in the school. It is a refreshing 'community' based school with all of the technology and advantages of larger schools. My child loves it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2008

I love everything about this school. The teachers, the staff and the kids. I think the teachers do everything they can to make learning fun for the kids and to instill good values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2008

Wonderful teachers and staff, a strong PTO, and a principal who comes from a GT background makes this is the best elementary school in Waukesha.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2008

Great elementary school. The graduates from there seem to go on to succeed at a higher rate
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 2, 2006

We have sent three children through Bethesda Elementary over the last 18 years. It has always been a wonderful school with outstanding, caring teachers and staff. Although throughout the school district funding has been cut on a regular basis due to political chicanery and malfeasance at the state level, the staff and parents of Bethesda Elementary have continued to make this an excellent school through community efforts. Because it's such a great school, teachers and staff just don't seem to leave Bethesda until they retire. They are some amazing people. Teaching isn't easy, and in teaching, the more you care the longer your days can be. At Bethesda though, any efforts you put into your child's education will be reciprocated many-fold by their teachers. Bethesda is a great school for your kids. Excellent teachers and academics, solid extracurriculars, strong community and parental involvement can help you bring out the best in your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2006

As a 6th grader, I went to this school when it opened. I found the open concept distracting but learned to discipline myself to concentrate which greatly enhanced my education. Now having 4 children attend this school, I find they also have learned to work independently and can concentrate for long periods of time. The staff is very kind, friendly and helpful.My children have loved the experience and learning at this school. Their grades reflect this every year that they have been there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2006

I Love Bethesda School! We moved to this area because we heard Bethesda is the best, and we have not been disappointed. The teachers work hard at helping each child individually. The open concept has been wonderful..my children have great concentration and can study anywhere and not be distracted, and they really enjoy being able to work with everyone in their grade frequently and not just with their own classroom. My oldest daughter is now in high school and is getting all A's...this would not be possible without the great foundation of education that Bethesda provided...my children's state test scores show that they have done extremely well at Bethesda, thanks to the dedication of the staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2006

A great school. The teachers are wonderful and caring. There are great art, music and gym classes. Truly a Great-School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2006

I have been disappointed with the school as far as advancement for students that are above their grade level. I have also had teachers that are not in agreement as for grading purposes. My children have told me that the open classroom is distracting especially if you have a teacher that talks loud and has 'fun' with their class. The children's belongings are not with them they are throughout the school since their are no cubbies or hooks in the classrooms. I have also found that the school has a very messy chaotic look to it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2006

This is the fourth school for my daughter and she says this is the best one out of all the four! The Principal and the Teachers are very nice and cooperative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2005

This school is one of the best schools I have ever seen. There's no bullying, everyone is open hearted including the students and teachers, and a lot of children aprove there grades when they go.We always want to go to school and we love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2004

Very nice school. Open concept classrooms. Very involved and caring faculty. 9/04.
—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.

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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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
Social Studies

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

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students56%
Female41%
Male73%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin61%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled59%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant56%

Reading

All Students48%
Female44%
Male54%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin50%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled52%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant48%
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 Students91%
Female89%
Male92%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin91%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant91%

Math

All Students70%
Female63%
Male76%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin75%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Non-migrant70%

Reading

All Students67%
Female56%
Male76%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin68%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant67%

Science

All Students95%
Female92%
Male97%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin96%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Non-migrant95%

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female96%
Male98%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin99%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Non-migrant97%
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 Students48%
Female41%
Male53%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin49%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English48%
Non-migrant48%

Reading

All Students41%
Female41%
Male40%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin45%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English41%
Non-migrant41%
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 74% 73%
Hispanic 16% 10%
Black, not Hispanic 5% 10%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Asian 2% 4%
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 9%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%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 74%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 70%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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730 S University Dr
Waukesha, WI 53188
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