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Whittier Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 383 students

 

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Posted July 3, 2014

I pulled my daughter out of this school for a couple of really big reasons. First and foremost, the bullying there is horrible. When children are getting attacked at the school the teachers say nothing and the attacker goes unpunished, parents are uninformed and it isn't referred to the principal. What good are the anti bullying rules if no one enforces it? The other big reason was the fact that my daughter was falling behind and needed help in reading and speech. I had to push to get her into speech class, and wrote several letters expressing concern about her reading skills. My answer to the letters ....sending the same three books home for months. Teachers that were there that were good have left do to issues with the school and the district. I advise everyone to seriously look into this school. I am sorry that my daughter's first two years of school were such a bad experience. I too now homeschool through a virtual public school and my daughter has excelled. I understand that not everyone can do that but there are other options and for your child's sake you should know them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2014

I took my children out of this school. My kids were not given a chance at a quality education in this school, so now we are a homeschooling family. This is now a normal statement from many people that I know who have removed their children from this school. When I was informed that one of my children was allowed to wander around the room or draw as long as he wasn't bothering anyone, I was livid. I had him tested and he was 2 grade levels behind. When I asked the school what we could do to hold him back and make sure he learned the basics, I was told "it would take something VERY extreme to hold him back. He'll move forward next year." As a parent, I stopped a fist fight in the hall, 4 feet away from an open door, where two female teachers were chatting, sitting on desks. The bell had rung and the day was over, but there were still children that needed supervision in the halls. I have never seen staff exit a building so quickly at the end of the day. The connection between teachers and students is just not there. It's sad. I tell everyone I can that if they have the ability to place their children elsewhere, they need to. If I could give a "0" rating, I would.


Posted November 27, 2013

My child goes to this school. The principal and teachers give rewards to the children that act up. If I was able to I would take my child out of this school. My child does not even want to go to school anymore. They do nothing about the bullies. It is like they do not care about the children that want an education. Very sad. They need to get rid of the principal and a lot of the teachers. Show the children that want to learn that they care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2012

I am the parent of a 1st grader here, and the PTO pres as of two weeks ago. I agree that this is a school with issues to settle, but those are not created by the school. We serve a population of students that come from a variety of unstable home environments. The current principal, is in her second year here and is in the process of putting parameters in place to create the best learning environment for everyone, whether that is separate classrooms for those who can't be mainstreamed, extra aides in the classes, or just "safe rooms" for those students coming from a crisis situation. Parent involvement could be better, but when you are working two jobs to make ends meet, that doesn't leave a lot of time for volunteering. This school is truly a work in progress, and I choose to be part of the solution. Whittier's best days are still in the future...I believe that 100%.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

I had the opportunity to volunteer at this school daily recently, and was appalled by the lack of control the administration and staff have over their students. Overall, discipline is very lax and does not happen unless a student is putting others in extreme danger. I have seen kids get away with crawling around on top of tables during work time, sliding down the banisters of the stairways, and using foul, abusive language towards their peers, just to name a few. The staff members at this school are either overwhelmed or apathetic towards the situations at the school, and the way volunteers and parents are treated by staff when they visit classes is mediocre at best. This school is broken, and needs to be fixed. These kids need positive role models that enforce the rules, but I don't see any staff members going out of their way to be responsible, respectful, or safe. Parents, please send your children to another school, not only because of the test scores, but because of the blatant lack of professionalism the staff shows.


Posted November 14, 2011

Our children are in their third year at this school and while it may not be perfect, it comes close. The teachers that I have met have displayed an interest in helping my children, so much so that my youngest far outpassed my expectations with his progress last year. There have been changes in leadership at this school but it was handled well and has been a positive experience for my children. While the test scores are lower, I do not consider the methodology used for the WKCEs to be perfect. Not to mention that those tests do not test how to be a good citizen. One area where I feel this school excels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2011

Very poor. Do not consider this school especially if you have a child with special needs as they will be simpley passed through the system. They are very luckey to have just a couple of caring teachers, but administration is all talk. This is not a great school..see test scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2010

I wont say it is the best in Waukesha but it sure isn't the worst.. Dr. White loved all of his kids in that school however some of the other teachers really didn't always go the extra step to help the kids out.. :(
—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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 34% in 2014.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2014.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2014.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
65%
Social Studies

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

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
88%
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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
14%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2014.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
3%

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
67%
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 Students40%
Female33%
Male46%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin60%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant40%

Reading

All Students29%
Female40%
Male15%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin47%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant29%
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 Students54%
Female65%
Male46%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin69%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities28%
Not disabled64%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant54%

Math

All Students25%
Female24%
Male26%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin39%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities7%
Not disabled33%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant25%

Reading

All Students13%
Female12%
Male13%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic7%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin21%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities7%
Not disabled15%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant13%

Science

All Students51%
Female59%
Male47%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin65%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities28%
Not disabled60%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant51%

Social Studies

All Students76%
Female100%
Male63%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin87%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities43%
Not disabled91%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant76%
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 Students14%
Female17%
Male12%
Black, not of Hispanic origin8%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin17%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabled19%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant14%

Reading

All Students3%
Female6%
Male0%
Black, not of Hispanic origin8%
Asiann/a
Hispanic0%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin0%
Economically disadvantaged0%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabled4%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant3%
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 51% 73%
Hispanic 25% 10%
Black, not Hispanic 16% 10%
Multiracial 8% 2%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% 4%
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 16%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 3%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 65%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 50%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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  • Cynthia Gannon
Fax number
  • (262) 970-2820

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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