Central - Denison Elementary School

900 Wisconsin Street, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 348-4000 x4050

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-3 707 students 13 students/teacher (WI avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS)

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Lake Geneva J1 School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Central - Denison Elementary School is a public elementary school in Lake Geneva. The principal of Central - Denison Elementary School is Becky Buhler and can be contacted at becky.buhler@badger.k12.wi.us. 707 students go to Central - Denison Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 19% of the Central - Denison Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 44% of the 707 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Central - Denison Elementary School is 13:1. Eastview Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Japanese
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 68% %
Hispanic 27% %
Asian 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1% %
Multiracial 0.8% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 54%
Limited English proficiency 19% 18%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Central-Denison is fine if your child does really well in school. Essentially if they would do well anywhere they will do well here. If your child struggles or has special needs this district is TERRIBLE. Its not just one school its the administration that is very controlling and absolutely terrible. It's like they don't want any child that has extra needs in their school so they try to force them out.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter is the preschool program here and she absolutely loves it! The teacher is very sweet affectionate loving patient and creative. The class sizes are small and there is lots of parent involvement.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am so impressed with Central Denison Elementary School. The principal is so hands on with the children and the school program. She makes every child feel important and successful. It is a warm and nurturing building with so much energy. My child was a transfer student and felt like the school was his home within weeks. The size is perfect and the teachers are amazing. They bring so much to the classrooms. My child not only thrived with the curriculum but felt so successful and confident as a student that he was able to soar academically. Thank You Central Denison your a wonderful school and make every child feel important!

  • (4 years ago)

    I Love this school! We were previously living in Crystal Lake Illinois. this school is MUCH BETTER! The class sizes are smaller so the teachers are more interested and creative and less stressed out. the principal is incredibly efficient and attentive. I have thouroughly enjoyed every year my son has attended!

  • (4 years ago)

    Central-Dension is an awesome school I absolutely loved it. I went there for grades 1st through 5th and every moment of my time that was spent there was great! The staff members are very caring and supportive and there are lots of extracurricular programs to get involved in. I would highly advice anyone to put their children into this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    The teachers and other support staff have a wonderful team attitude and they make every kid feel special and capable and welcome.

  • (6 years ago)

    We rencenly moved away from Lake Geneva and the thing I miss the most is Central-Dennison. The dedication of the entire staff can not be matched. I felt like this school was an extension of my home and I knew everyday that my children were loved well cared for and getting the best treatment I could ask. Thank you Central Dennison.

  • (6 years ago)

    i am very pleased with the staff and families at this school. i switched from the small school on snake road and hwy 50 and am amazed at how much better the education is at central-denison. great school!

  • (7 years ago)

    Is the best school in the world. plus the other great school is middle school my 2 kids are in the high honer roll. what esle can i want there? 2 lucky kids to have a school like yours.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is what every parent is looking for in an education for their children. Not only do they have small class sizes exceptionally educated progressive teachers but also charater counts in this school. There is diversity and harmony under one roof. They have it right here and this school should be reconized for it! This is a five star plus!

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is excellent!! The teachers really care about the students and the curriculum is very good. The classroom sizes are small which is good.

  • (9 years ago)

    In my opinion and seeing the progress my child is achieving is amazing. The cirriculim this school has to offer is excellent. One of my relatives who is one year older than my child has not achieved the academic level my child has already. My child looks forward to learning and the extra activities the school has to offer that includes parent involvements. I have decided not to move out of the school district just so my child can keep attending Central-Denison.

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