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Hawthorn Hills Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 236 students

 

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Posted March 13, 2014

Hawthorn is an outstanding school that cares about each student as an individual. The staff works together to meet the needs of every students and are always available. It is a warm and welcoming place!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 21, 2013

Hawthorn Hills Elementary is a great school! My child has been there for over 4 years and has received a super education. The teachers are very caring and compassionate. The support staff are excellent. The PTO is very active. The school was recently recognized with an award as a Title I School of Recognition for the second year in a row! This achievement speaks for itself. If you live in the Hawthorn Hills neighborhood, do not hesitate to send your child to school here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2011

I would not recommend HH at all. We are now in the DC Everest school district and I regret the fact that my child had spent 2 years at HH. School work was NEVER sent home because teacher's knew many parents would not assist their child. My philosophy is that school and educaiton does not end at the edge of the school yard; it continues at home. Fortunately, my child is bright and resilient and has had few obstacles to overcome at the new school. We get spelling lists weekly, reading assignments, and math assignments a couple times a week. My child received more take home assignments in the first month of school in DCE than in the 2 years at HH. If you want to stay in Wausau Schools - I agree that John Marshall may be an option but with school choice, you're not guaranteed placement from year to year. Good luck - and stay away from HH unless you're okay with below standard test results/scores, low parent involvement, etc.


Posted April 26, 2011

I visited several of the schools in Wausau prior to relocation. I chose this school over the others and love it. The principal is outstanding and you'll find a very caring group of teachers ready to meet all challenges. The allied staff is second to none. There are some great parents who help out at the school. This is a wonderfully multi-cultural school where my children have learned to respect and embrace the differences that are the American mosaic. The challenges at this school are no different than any of the others since Wausau has the third highest unemployment in the state. Because of open enrollment policy in Wisconsin, one may place their child in any school of their choosing if there is room. That a former superintendent opted for another school is a personal, family choice that only reflects personal biases.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2010

If you have a choice, choose another school. John Marshall would be the obvious (and closest) alternative. This school struggles with a transitory population. The need to focus on children struggling with basic needs takes time away from providing education. The former superintendent opted for John Marshall over HH for his kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2009

Top notch elementary school.Private location. Great teachers. Small class sizes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2008

I am a long time parent of Hawthorn students! It is a great school, very caring teachers and a family-like atmosphere. My children have received an excellent education.
—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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 34% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%
Social Studies

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

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%
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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
86%
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 Students44%
Female27%
Male52%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin50%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled56%
English learners30%
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant44%

Reading

All Students35%
Female27%
Male39%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin42%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled44%
English learners10%
Proficient in English46%
Non-migrant35%
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 Students71%
Female74%
Male66%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin83%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Non-migrant71%

Math

All Students32%
Female32%
Male33%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin28%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English37%
Non-migrant32%

Reading

All Students13%
Female5%
Male25%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin17%
Economically disadvantaged5%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English17%
Non-migrant13%

Science

All Students61%
Female58%
Male66%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin73%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant61%

Social Studies

All Students87%
Female89%
Male83%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin89%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant87%
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 Students29%
Femalen/a
Male27%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian10%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant29%

Reading

All Students17%
Femalen/a
Male13%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian0%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant17%
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 56% 73%
Asian 25% 4%
Hispanic 10% 10%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Black, not Hispanic 3% 10%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2% 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 16%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 27%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 97%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 84%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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  • Michael McMahon
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