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Beaver Dam High School

Public | 9-12 | 1045 students

 
 

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Posted December 29, 2010

I was a previous student of BDHS back in the early to mid 90's. Back then, the school was really good. Like any high school the athletes and the superior academic students got special treatment from faculty, but the "average" students were average to strong academically. BDHS has gotten a lot of bad press lately and the test scores have fallen and seem to be heading down toward Milwaukee Public school levels. As a current parent, I may end up moving out the district to send my children to a better school district if it doesn't improve in the near future. The economic climate in Beaver Dam has changed remarkably since the early 1990s. It seems a large, and growing, percentage of the Beaver Dam population is living below or near the poverty line which I'm sure is affecting the test scores of the students. This is exactly what happened with Milwaukee. As the poverty levels increased the schools became worse. Only time will tell with BDHS.


Posted October 23, 2009

Having been out of High school for a few years I have come to the realization the BDHS grants it's students an excellent education. I tend to get very upset when students attending UW-Madison with me do not understand concepts that we were expected to know by sophomore year. Not only the depth of knowledge, but the broad range given across the entire board has made life much easier, wether it be in college, the professional world, or just social interaction. BDHS is a great school, but students don't know it until they're out in the real world!


Posted January 2, 2005

I think in general the school gets done what it sets forth to do, which is educate. There are, as with any school, places that need improvement, but I think the school overall is a decent place to learn. I think the biggest downfall is some of the guidance counselors. Mine in particular doesnt seem to want to listen what I have to say and tries to point me in a direction she feels is right, rather than what I know is right. As far as teachers, they do a good enough job. Some of them have ways of teaching some may not enjoy, but others are great. There is a good variety of both in and out of school activities and organizations as well. The administration is rather mediocre. Some of their policies are rather dumb, to say the least.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 70% in 2014.

243 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

243 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2014.

243 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2014.

243 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 76% in 2014.

243 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

All Students72%
Female82%
Male65%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin74%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities25%
Non-disabled80%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant72%

Math

All Students44%
Female44%
Male44%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin46%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities9%
Non-disabled50%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English46%
Non-migrant44%

Reading

All Students36%
Female40%
Male32%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin38%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities3%
Non-disabled40%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English37%
Non-migrant36%

Science

All Students82%
Female81%
Male84%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin83%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities44%
Non-disabled88%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant82%

Social Studies

All Students84%
Female83%
Male85%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin85%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities40%
Non-disabled90%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White, not Hispanic 85% 73%
Hispanic 11% 10%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Asian 1% 4%
Black, not Hispanic 1% 10%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Disabled students 14%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 4%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 79%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 43%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 100%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

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500 Gould St
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
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