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Underwood Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 294 students

 

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Posted February 19, 2013

I have put three children threw this school and I could not ask for better teachers and staff. I had one child who really struggled with learning and was offered extra help and support from the teacher. He is now an A student in middle school. I have seen the classes get more organized with home work and making the children more responsible for there actions. I have nothing but positive things to say about the teachers and staff. Keep it up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2013

The leadership at this school is very weak. Communication between staff members is poor and the way it operates seems to be backwards most of the time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2012

A "new" principal is at Underwood and it is no longer Mr. Leach. She will tell you all about how much they will help you with whatever you have issues with such as your child is falling behind or they are bored in class but nothing is ever done. The parents they have helping in the lunchroom are horrid and there is so much miscommunication it's sad. Save yourself the trouble and the money and place your child in private or instant immersion schools. Yes, the parents are tight knit and that can be a good/bad thing depending on if you're "in" or "out".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2010

It's true, a tight-knit family-type community here at Underwood. However, my child is there to learn and they didn't adapt or do anything to help my child learn. She is bored in the classroom and is far beyond the level they are teaching and even after meeting with various staff members (sure, they were nice and 'said' they would do something) nothing has been done. Socially, it's great, Academically, well, she hasn't learned a thing but the kids names in her class. She would do well 2 grade levels beyond where she is, even if it is in just reading or math and then go back to her classroom for everything else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

Wonderful Wauwatosa school. All the families have been there a long time and the community is very tight knit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2008

I went to Underwood in kindergarten. Then I left to attend Wilson with my brother. I returned to Underwood within two years because i liked it so much. Great school and great teachers. I am a third generation Wauwatosa native and I love the feel of Underwood.


Posted August 18, 2007

The principal, Michael Leach, refers to the children and parents daily as the 'Underwood Family.' His leadership is taking the school into new and better directions. There are wonderful reading specialists who care about your child, whether they need extra help or are high achievers. The 4-yr old and 5-yr-old kindergarten teachers are creative and the environment is caring and relaxed. The art, music, library and phys.ed. specialists are super and the school has a computer lab. Most of the classrooms utilize a SmartBoard, which is connected to a computer. Each week a class is voted 'FLASHY' for outstanding behavior. The playground is large with lots of space to run and play. This is an excellent school. One area that needs improvement is parent involvement, because it is difficult to become involved if you aren't in the PTA presidency. The teachers are open to parent involvement in the classroom.
—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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
95%

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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students33%
Female53%
Male19%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin36%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled39%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant33%

Reading

All Students26%
Female36%
Male19%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin25%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled30%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant26%
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 Students82%
Female94%
Male74%
Black, not of Hispanic origin83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin81%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled91%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Non-migrant82%

Math

All Students61%
Female69%
Male57%
Black, not of Hispanic origin41%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin76%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled67%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
Non-migrant61%

Reading

All Students43%
Female69%
Male26%
Black, not of Hispanic origin17%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin57%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled51%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English43%
Non-migrant43%

Science

All Students85%
Female87%
Male82%
Black, not of Hispanic origin75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin85%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled91%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant85%

Social Studies

All Students92%
Female94%
Male92%
Black, not of Hispanic origin92%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin91%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled94%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant92%
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 Students54%
Female48%
Male59%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin59%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant54%

Reading

All Students39%
Female38%
Male40%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin45%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant39%
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 64% 73%
Black, not Hispanic 17% 10%
Hispanic 10% 10%
Multiracial 7% 2%
Asian 3% 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 14%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%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 85%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 74%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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11132 W Potter Rd
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
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