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3870 Nakoma Rd

Madison, WI 53711

(608) 204-6940

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Grades: PK - 5

School Type: Public

Student Enrollment: 425

Students Per Teacher: 14

Parent Reviews

11 Parent Reviews for Thoreau Elementary School

Our second and first grader love Thoreau. The teachers care about the kids, and there are a ton of events that build community among the kids, teachers, and parents that really make it feel like a community. A lot of parents walk their kids to school too, so they chat, share information and experiences, ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 05/23/14

In a word; amazing. One of the most significant achievement gaps in the city of Madison and Thoreau Elementary is tackling this head on with their eyes wide open. Our experience has been terrific.

Posted by a parent on 10/27/13

Invisible principal and overall poor management. One example is the unsafe drop-off and pick-up procedures. The Madison School District does not provide bus service for families living within 1 1/2 miles of schools. Thoreau is located on a very busy street and has no drop-off zone. Parking is extremely ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 04/23/13

Experienced, skilled, and caring teachers and a vibrant community have made our daughter's years at Thoreau wonderful. She is eager to learn and her needs have been met both academically as well as emotionally and socially. The leadership of the school is adept even as the socioeconomic diversity of ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 02/03/13

This school, and perhaps the district in general, has a real problem with managing significant behavioral issues and ensuring the safety of ALL children. This, of course, interferes not only with the emotional well-being of the student, but it also hampers learning. There are many issues that seem to ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 01/07/13

We absolutely LOVE Thoreau! It has such a caring and dedicated group of teachers, along with a great principal. Our 3 children are thriving and continue to be well above average in both math and reading. I love the focus on the environment, community and a healthy body(yoga in the classroom). They ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 06/24/12

My child's needs have not been met this year and we are looking for another school and perhaps another district. Not impressed with MMSD.

Posted by a parent on 02/22/12

Thoreau is a wonderful community of learners. We are always trying to find the best ways to reach our students.

Posted by a teacher on 02/07/12

My family and many of our Dudgeon-Monroe Street neighbors have attended Thoreau for the past decade. It has been a very positive experience for both my daughter and my son. The current principal is amazing. Our teachers (like most in Madison) are the cream of the crop. They care about the entire community. ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 02/06/12

This is our daughter's 3rd year at Thoreau. Every teacher she has had has exceeded our expectations. We know many others in our neighborhood who feel the same. The kids at Thoreau are somewhat socioeconomically divided - some very poor, some very rich. Thoreau does an excellent job of making everyone ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 10/28/09

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Test scores for Thoreau Elementary School

WSAS* Test Scores

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Test Year: 2012
Thoreau Elementary School
Madison Metropolitan School District
* In 2011-2012 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.

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Madison schools — Thoreau Elementary School is located at 3870 Nakoma Rd, Madison WI 53711. 3870 Nakoma Rd is in the 53711 ZIP code in Madison, WI The school district for Thoreau Elementary School is the Madison Metropolitan School District. Thoreau Elementary School is a Public school that serves grade levels PK - 5.
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