School Details

Wilson Elementary School

3775 Bodega Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 765-4340
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 233 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

58%
58%
56%
71%
71%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wilmar Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
63%
46%
75%
75%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wilmar Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
83%
65%
95%
95%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wilmar Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
88%
60%
97%
97%
65%
81%
81%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wilmar Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
76%
60%
83%
83%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wilmar Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Wilson Elementary School is a public middle school in Petaluma. The principal of Wilson Elementary School is Eric Hoppes and can be contacted at ehoppes@wilmarusd.org. 233 students attend Wilson Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 8% of the Wilson Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 26% of the 233 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Wilson Elementary School is 19:1. Petaluma Junior High School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • German

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 79% 77%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 17% 22%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.5% 0.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.4%
Asian 0.5% 0%
Filipino 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Unspecified 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 233%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26% 30%
Limited English proficiency 8% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I put one star because you had to rate one... I didn't feel it was deserved. The teachers are gossipy and belittle the students. One of them even swears when yelling at them. I have overheard the teachers talking in the hallways and calling their students dumb and stupid. The principal has nothing good to say to the children and backs his teachers rude comments. I would highly recommend sending your child to a different school where they are built up instead of shot down.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter was in the transitional kindergarten program-kinderprep. This is an amazing program!!! I owe it to Mrs. Korbel and Wilson for allowing my daughter to excel by offering this program. Mrs. Korbel has the outmost patience needed for working with kids to prepare them for first grade but preparing them for Kindergarten. Everyone has love in this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Mediocre Disappointing and a huge let down is how I would describe this school with the exception of their new third grade teacher who is lovely. The principle lacks any ability to perform any aspect of their job. Disheartening is the word that best describes the day to day management of discipline. Teachers put down students and fail to treat all of them fairly. If you are school shopping please consider your choice carefully.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our family absolutely LOVES Wilson school. We drive our two children 30 minutes both ways every day so they can go there and I can honestly say its worth it! (gas prices and all) My oldest son has been to three different schools and no other even comes close to the quality of education that Wilson provides.The principal has done a phenomenal job in shaping the school into the perfect learning environment it is today. The teachers truly love what they do and are very nurturing inspiring and creative. My kids are being challenged to their full potential but are gently guided when they're struggling as well. I also think that its great that even with so many budget cuts to schools Wilson is still dedicated to offering as many enrichments as possible. They offer accelerated reading and math kinder-prep computer lab library music class band gardening PE as well as weekly in room art lessons. I really cannot compliment Wilson school enough keep up the good work. (

  • (2 years ago)

    Disappointing is the word I would use to describe this school. Teachers are extremely unprofessional especially the upper grades with an emphasis on fourth and fifth grade. The leadership by the principal is far below average. The school teaches to the test and only cares about scores they do not care if they leave a child behind in order to race through curriculum for STAR testing. The teachers have an issue with confidentiality and the meaning of it. PTA is a joke it is a group of women who are unappreciative unprofessional and gossipy. Children are allowed to bully other students and there is absolutely no followup of discipline. Teachers play favorites and teach children unfairly. The staff shares confidential information with the PTA members and other parents completely unprofessional. I would advise anyone looking to send the child here to strongly reconsider.

  • (2 years ago)

    We had a fabulous lower grade experience but the upper grades have been lacking in academics. The school district changed the math program and the kids are not responding well to it. The teachers appear to only be teaching to the test they rush through curriculum to cover it before STAR testing only to leave students without complete knowledge and understandings of the whole concepts. Staff is gossipy and unprofessional discussing students personal issues with parents. There is a lack of leadership by the administration. Yard duties allow children to swear and call classmates names on the playground. There is a "do what I want and get away with it" attitude in the classroom. There is a high percentage of parent involvement if you can withstand the PTA and their need to bad mouth volunteers and the lack of appreciation for your help with projects or events. My child has found a happier place elsewhere as I suggest you do for yours as well.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a great school if your kid is a cupcake. Teachers are lazy staff is rude. The overall appreance of the school really needs help. Definatly would not take my kid to this school

  • (2 years ago)

    For the most part this school is average 2/3 of their teachers are good the other 1/3 could use a touch up. PTA seems to be rising to the occasion and leaving behind their clickiness. I've had one child go through elementary here and if I had it to do all over again I'd rethink that decision. I actually think I might have to side with cupcake down here But with anything in life you live and you learn. Best of luck!

  • (2 years ago)

    We are going on our 5th year at Wilson with 3 children and this school rocks! Your child's learning experience is one of the most important decisions a parent can make and this school has friendly staff teachers that go the extra mile parents that work together and proven results for its academics which create a fabulous learning formula. Parent involvement is key to the education of children and this is a community that works together providing a great experience and environment. It's a country school that is striving to always be its best and constantly working together to upgrade its years of Petaluma history . . . I'd take this highly rated country school any day!

  • (4 years ago)

    While one will never find a perfect school Wilson is just about as close as you can get! A small town environment just outside of town with low class size skilled teachers a positive principal friendly staff good kids and an overall sense of community for kids and families. We are so happy we made the choice for our kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter has been attending Wilson for 5 years. I am impressed by the school's attention to academics community spirit and extracurricular enrichment. The administration and staff are united in producing well rounded nice kids. It as a rural gentle ease that aids in eliminating some of the complex situations observed in more central school locations. Kudos to the staff!!

  • (4 years ago)

    My son entered Wilson school this year and feels right at home. Excited about going to school each day for a kindergartener--what more could we ask for. The entire staff & teachers are very friendly and available for suggestions. Love the home town feel! Yeah.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been very happy at Wilson school. From the get-go the whole campus was very welcoming and friendly. The teachers and staff are attentive to my kids' needs and are very willing to work with us as their needs change. As a parent I was invited to get connected and involved and it has been valuable for my kids their classrooms and rewarding for me. I enjoy the family feel but really appreciate the high academic standards and the methods used to get us there as a community.

  • (5 years ago)

    What can I say about Wilson school that the other reviews haven t?! This school is truly amazing! Wilson offered my child everything I hoped for in a school. Small classes gifted teachers strong academics lots of parent involvement all in a beautiful country setting. What more could you ask for?!

  • (5 years ago)

    Wilson school is a perfect example of teachers staff and parents working together to make a GREAT school. All three of my kids are excited to go to school in the morning to me that says it all !

  • (5 years ago)

    i love wilson's small town feel. it's like a big family with excellent teachers and good children

  • (6 years ago)

    Great School! The small size of the school and its location slightly out on the country provide for an excellent learning environment.

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