School Details

Sauk Trail Elementary School

2205 Branch Street, Middleton, WI 53562
(608) 829-9190
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-4 411 students 10 students/teacher (WI avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

64%
77%
49%
44%
53%
34%

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
  • Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
89%
75%
65%
82%
51%
40%
58%
36%
83%
92%
75%
97%
98%
91%

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
  • Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

61%
76%
50%
34%
52%
33%

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
  • Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sauk Trail Elementary School is a public elementary school in Madison. The principal of Sauk Trail Elementary School is Chris Dahlk, whose e-mail is cdahlk@mcpasd.k12.wi.us. 411 students attend Sauk Trail Elementary School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Multiracial. 16% of the Sauk Trail Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 42% of the 411 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Sauk Trail Elementary School is 10:1. Mcpasd 4k is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% %
Asian 7% %
Multiracial 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 59% %
Hispanic 19% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42% 18%
Limited English proficiency 16% 7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    We were not sure about the school at first but had heard great things. Our kids have been going there since kindergarten (now 4th and 2nd graders) and we couldn't be happier!!!!! The teachers are excellent the support staff caring and the principal is outstanding. They spend a lot of time promoting kindness and compassion to one another. The school is diverse with a large population of ELL kids which we love. There is a real sense of community here; it's not just a soulless educational factory "teaching to the test". The class sizes are small and there are many para-educators to help the teachers out. The parent population is active and there are TONS of after school clubs lead by the teachers (chess knitting games computer programming & science to name a few). There are also many evening family events throughout the year (math games night science night dances etc.) The staff are very good at differentiating higher achievers either through more challenging work in the classroom or accelerating student learning to the next grade level.

  • (1 year ago)

    I couldn't be happier with our first school year. Fantastic teacher fantastic place great support and so many options to be involved.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have been so impressed by Sauk Trail Elementary. The class sizes are quite small (my son's first grade class has 14 students). The classroom is equipped with a smart board. The teachers have all been so kind and open to parent involvement. The principal actively greets the children at the start of the school day and knows them each by name. We have been so thankful to be within Sauk Trail's boundaries.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child has been going to Sauk Trail for 3 years. In kindergarten my child was struggling with reading & I was told by the teacher that "because there are so many children in my class who don't have a parent at home that speaks English I'm spending a lot of my time with them so I need you to spend more time at home with your child on reading as he/she is not where we need him/her to be". Upsetting to say the least! Two years later my child is again struggling with reading. My child is working with a reading specialist every day at school yet he/she is still significantly behind where he/she should be at this point. My child has now been recommended for summer school which is from 8 - 11 am four days per week ... not exactly a schedule that works for parents who are employed full-time. When I asked his/her teacher & reading specialist to provide me with a list of tutors I could hire to help my child they were unable to do so! Simply UNACCEPTABLE!! It turns out there are two tutoring establishments within walking distance of this school ... one of which provides one-on-one private tutoring AFTER school hours! Yet the teachers didn't know of this resource? UNACCEPTABLE

  • (2 years ago)

    In 1st grade my daughter was in a class of 13 students several primarily Spanish speaking because her teacher was the only bilingual 1st-grade teacher in the school. As a result my daughter learned a great deal of Spanish just by being in the class. My son's kindergarten class had 22 students and 2 teachers. Sometimes they split the class into smaller groups and sometimes taught as a whole. It was a unique and very beneficial experience. Parents are very involved with the school teachers are excellent the principal is always happy to talking with parents the entire school staff is just wonderful. This is how Middleton has earned it's reputation as being one of the best school systems in Wisconsin.

  • (5 years ago)

    It was my elementary school and my brothers and my sons. I have very good memories there and the teachers and staff throughout the years have been wonderful. Abeautiful place to learn.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son was in Sauk Trail from Kindergarten to 5th grade. I saw many wonderful things happen in those years. He great socially and emotionally. He learned the art of giving there. They have wonderful teachers who really care about their kids. Parents are welcome any time. My son still goes back to see his teachers. He really loves that school. It will always hold special place in our hearts. It was a special place for us. I can't say enough wonderful things about Sauk Trail.

  • (8 years ago)

    Sauk Trail is a wonderful school. It's small and artsy they celebrate diversity and music. My boy is a kindergartener there.

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