School Details

Lowell Elementary School

401 Maple Avenue, Madison, WI 53704
(608) 204-6603
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 365 students 11 students/teacher (WI avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

48%
46%
49%
41%
35%
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
  • Madison Metropolitan School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
69%
75%
62%
51%
51%
52%
38%
36%
73%
70%
75%
82%
86%
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
  • Madison Metropolitan School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

50%
46%
50%
50%
36%
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
  • Madison Metropolitan School District average
  • Wisconsin state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Lowell Elementary School is a public elementary school in Madison. The principal of Lowell Elementary School is John Burkholder and can be contacted at jburkholder@madison.k12.wi.us. 365 children attend Lowell Elementary School and identify as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 14% of the Lowell Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 52% of the 365 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Lowell Elementary School is 11:1. Holy Cross Lutheran School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 51% %
Asian 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 22% %
Hispanic 15% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52% 49%
Limited English proficiency 14% 18%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    Lowell Elementary is a school that I would not have dreamed of giving "5 stars" to before the current principal came to her position. Lowell benefits from dedicated unflinching unafraid of change staff teachers and principal. Unlike a previous poster I do not find the academics lackluster . . . unless one holds standardized test scores in high esteem. Let's be clear Lowell School is diverse in more than one sense of the word - socio-economically racial/ethnically geographically (in terms of birth countries of students and parent) and liguistically (i.e. language spoken in the home). And yet the community of students parents and teachers come together in a supportive way that keeps the best interests of students in the forefront. After feeling chagrined that my daughter didn't get into the local dual immersion charter school we are not even applying for this year b/c I cannot imagine a better environment for my daughter to learn than Lowell School.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a terrific school in a fantastic community. The school is very diverse and terrifically integrated. The kids seem to not only get along with one another but really encourage and respect one another. These are often things missing from larger public schools. The principal has done a terrific job fostering a "community of friends". The academics are somewhat lack luster but I think the teachers do a great job challenging the students with the resources and funding they are given. Overall very happy with our experience!

  • (5 years ago)

    My school works hard involving our children in the community and getting the community engaged in their education.

  • (6 years ago)

    There is a new principal since the previous review who's very responsive to parent & staff input. Staff are much more satisfied and many efforts have been made to improve the atmosphere.

  • (9 years ago)

    The leadership of the principal is lacking. There has been a huge staff turnover. School district has not responded to parent complaints.

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