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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.

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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 34% in 2014.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
86%
Social Studies

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

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
95%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%
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 Students52%
Female55%
Male47%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin66%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant52%

Reading

All Students51%
Female60%
Male40%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin53%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant51%
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 Students73%
Female74%
Male73%
Black, not of Hispanic origin45%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin82%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities60%
Not disabled77%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant73%

Math

All Students48%
Female43%
Male54%
Black, not of Hispanic origin36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin54%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities60%
Not disabled46%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant48%

Reading

All Students26%
Female48%
Male12%
Black, not of Hispanic origin9%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin33%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities10%
Not disabled32%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant26%

Science

All Students76%
Female79%
Male73%
Black, not of Hispanic origin55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin79%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities60%
Not disabled80%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant76%

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Black, not of Hispanic origin90%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities100%
Not disabled97%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant98%
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 Students54%
Female44%
Male61%
Black, not of Hispanic origin15%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin66%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%
Not migrant54%

Reading

All Students41%
Female55%
Male30%
Black, not of Hispanic origin15%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin57%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Not disabledn/a
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English41%
Not migrant41%
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 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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  • Jenny Keats
Fax number
  • (414) 773-1720

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11132 W Potter Rd
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
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