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Washington Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 379 students

 

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Posted June 20, 2012

My daughter attends Washington School and the teachers are excellent, as are the principal and families in the area. The PTA is active and well organized and the school lessons are well structured for high achievement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2011

Washington Elementary has some very caring teachers and staff. The teachers go out of there way to make the learning environment a nurturing and caring place for kids to learn. On the flip side there is a male teacher that appears to have little to no understanding of professional standards of teaching. This teacher uses his status as a teacher to make advances towards females. Despite this one bad apple, Washington has much to offer. It's ashame that one teacher can impact a school so negative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2010

My children attend this school and overall, it's been "good." The principal is very popular with the students and works very hard to maintain a positive learning environment. Many of the teachers and support staff are first rate, diligent and hard working! On the downside, however, the first grade teachers are not on the same page and frankly, one of them regularly exhibits an unprofessional, negative attitude towards the students and their parents. But one rotten apple should not be allowed to spoil what is overall, a very nice neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2010

All our school-age children go to Washington and we have been very pleased. The principal is excellent; he maintains discipline with a good balance of caring and correction, and knows the children well. The K4 teacher we had was really great. Most of the parents of neighborhood kids walk their kids to school and we often spend time at the playground after school hanging out. Academics are sound. They offer extra electives, and have events that are well attended like a Father-Daughter dance and so on. All the Tosa schools are excellent to be sure, but we are very happy with Washington.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2010

As a grandparent of 3 students attending Washington -- and a principal myself -- I am VERY pleased with the school. The staff is on top of what is best for EACH child and meets the needs of and challenges each child. What one of your reviewers called "fluff," I call readying a child for school. The K4 teacher my grandchildren had was remarkable -- I sat in on one of her classes and was amazed as to how well she knew what each child was doing and assured that each child completed each "station" in her room for the day. My daughter loves the family atmosphere and always feels welcomed when in the building. In fact, this school is one reason she is keeping her family in Wauwatosa rather than moving to a larger home in a suburban area!


Posted April 30, 2009

I am a teacher in another district (elementary) and am not impressed with Washington at all. The climate isn't too friendly and the staff don't seem to work together. The principal is very hands off. Their K5 program isn't too academic, kids spend lots of time coloring, playing and what we teachers call 'fluff' time (worksheets, etc). We are going to move because of the school. There are other Tosa schools that are better (Roosevelt for one).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2008

We have been very pleased with this school. My daughter is reading a few grade levels ahead and they have been able to keep her challenged. I like the casual atmosphere and openness of the faculty. The principal also is great- very involved and seems to know most kids by name. All the kids just love him. As a parent I feel welcome to help out in the classroom. The teachers are very knowledgeable and use best current practices in teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2008

I am very happy with the education my child is getting here. The staff are all caring, helpful, and feel like an extended family. High standards and a great principal also make this an excellent choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2007

This school is ok. It has some very good teachers. It just always felt like folks were at odds with each other here - staff, kids, administration.
—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 50% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 35% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

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

Math

All Students93%
Female100%
Male87%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled95%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant93%

Reading

All Students69%
Female85%
Male60%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled69%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant69%
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 Students94%
Female92%
Male97%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin95%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled96%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant94%

Math

All Students89%
Female92%
Male87%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin95%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled89%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant89%

Reading

All Students76%
Female80%
Male73%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin83%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled78%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant76%

Science

All Students93%
Female88%
Male97%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin95%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled93%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant93%

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female96%
Male100%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin100%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled98%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant98%
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 Students60%
Female53%
Male66%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin68%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities20%
Non-disabled68%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%
Non-migrant60%

Reading

All Students40%
Female37%
Male43%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin56%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities20%
Non-disabled44%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English40%
Non-migrant40%
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 69% 73%
Black, not Hispanic 16% 10%
Hispanic 5% 10%
Multiracial 5% 2%
Asian 4% 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 12%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 1%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 79%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 66%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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2166 N 68th St
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
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