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Memorial High School

Public | 9-12 | 1873 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted September 18, 2014

Proud BMHS alum. BMHS is on the up and coming and the diversity there prepares you for the real world.


Posted June 3, 2014

Considering the tax base in Beloit, I would focus an assessment less on aggregate test scores and more on student learning opportunities. We offer nearly every possible AP class, we have a competitive theater and music program, and our math and English curricula are both pre-AP. There are also state recognized, phenomenal programs for students with special needs. As a regular ed teacher, I go above and beyond to meet the needs of each of my students. Administration is focused on student well-being as well as achievement. Frankly, I couldn't be prouder to work here or raise my children in this district.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 20, 2013

I have grandchildren in Turner, Clinton, and Beloit.....Beloit has much more to offer. Comparing classes-apples to apples and oranges to oranges-Beloit demands more, expects more, and makes no adjustments to push a student thru. My other grandchildren tell me how they can beat the system and really only need to study to pass certain tests. What is truely sad is they would refuse to go to Beloit because it is "too hard". The school is BIG, diversified, and you need to do well to join in other activities. How sad that parents make excuses for the children who can't "cut the mustard" and try to run away and hide in a smaller school.


Posted November 26, 2011

We've had three children at BMHS with a forth on the way and it's a wonderful school where your child has great opportunities to excel. Our kids have, and are doing just fine. They're taking AP classes and involved in all sorts of extracurricular activities. (the band program is second to none in the state) Sure, there are those that drag down overall school averages and those unfamiliar may get the wrong impression. Know there is likewise a large, diverse and growing community of strong, academically motivated kids w/ character who are doing just fine thank you. BMHS provides a relative oasis of cultural diversity lacking in the broader region that we as parents prefer for our kids education and personal development in preparation for their life ahead. You get back what you put in and BMHS has been an exceptional school for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2011

Beloit Memorial is a great school providing a wide variety of academic subjects, a whole host of AP courses, extra curriculars galore and athletic programs that produce champions. The music and drama departments excel and compete among the best in the United States and in Scotland! I would highly recommend attending BMHS!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 31, 2011

Both of our daughters graduated from Beloit Memorial High School and were very happy with the education they received. Our daughters did excellent in College and credit their success to the challenging classes which they were able to take at the High School. Another factor that really helped them is that socially they were very well adjusted since The School District is a multicultural District they could very easily relate to their many diverse friends they met after High School. We would highly recommend this school to our friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2010

This school is terrible!! Don't send your kid here if you don't have too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

For one, there are not drug dogs roaming the halls. Plus, I don't know what other teachers do, but I respond to every phone call or question I get. Also, if you would really like to know about the school, come to the parent/teacher meetings, outreaches, speakers, EXPO, family night, dances; along with all of the other activities we DONATE our time to do with the kids because we are passionate and do care about them!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 23, 2009

I am an alumni of BMHS and am so thankful for the opportunities and care teachers gave us. Everyone in Beloit knows that money is tight and budgets for beloit public schools have been deminishing consistently for who knows how long. Teachers put all their resources (mental and fiscal) into providing the students with a top-class education. Despite the bad wrap BMHS (and Beloit for that matter) has had among surrounding communities, it is an excellent school and something every Beloit citizen should be proud of.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 21, 2008

I am an alumnus of BMHS and look forward to sending my children there when they are old enough. The faculty are hard-working and passionate about education. The administrative staff are dedicated and willing to work hard to resolve any challenge that presents itself. I have seen this from first hand experience as a student and through the people I know who work there. I wouldn't send my kids anywhere else.


Posted November 12, 2008

No school is extremely perfect, but I am very impressed with all aspects of Beloit Memorial High School and their principals involvement with the community, student body and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2008

I have a son who graduated, and a daughter who is a senior. Beloit Memorial has prepared my son well for the challenges that he is dealing with at the reputable 4-year college which he now attends. Because of the many AP classes that he took advantage of, the college classes that he took at Beloit College when he was a high school senior (FOR FREE!) through the Porter Scholar program, and the guidance that his dedicated teachers provided, he is thriving in college, and entered with enough credits to make him a second semester Freshman! I am confident that the diversity and 'real world' microcosm that Beloit Memorial provides will help both of my kids succeed because they learned how to make the right choices while receiving a quality education. It's too bad that the demographics/ sociographics of our community lead to some skewed scoring for BMHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2008

My daughter is a sophmore at BMHS and has had a very positive experience as a student. No school or district is perfect, we do have our problems, but if your student is in school to learn, there are many opportunities available at BMHS that are not available at other high schools. The Porter Scholar program, AP classes and other available college classes combined with an excellent staff make BMHS a unique opportunity for many students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2007

This is my daughter's first year at BMHS and so far I am not overly impressed. The curriculum is dumbed down, even in the advanced courses and the 4-90 minute classes per day are way too long. In addition this is a rough school. I must say though that they do a good job with keeping out the drugs and weapons. Although it is great to keep the school safe with backpack and locker checks as well as cops and drug dogs roaming the halls, it is also sad that this kind of thing is so necessary at BMHS. The worst part of all though is that NO ONE ever calls back and staff gives the students and parents a run around whenever there is a question. I don't know if the staff is dumb or just lazy, but this issue is absolutely horrendous!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2007

Over all we a re please d with BMHS. My oldest just graduated in 2007 and i have one who's a junior. They have bolth had some outstanding teachers. There are lots of 'extra stuff' that my kids have participated in like sports, music, theatre and cheer. Unfortunately this is where the school is lacking is their support of the extra programs. Usually the parents have to step in to help support the kids and I mean a lot!! The school needs to look at this and realize that the extra activities along with academics make for very well rounded students, and need to re-evalute their support and funding of some of these programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

I am so proud to have a student at BMHS. It is an electrifying school, with tons of parent involvement. For taking in many kids with economic handicaps the school performs extremely well, and always reaches for the stars. Sports opportunities exist for my children, and they couldn't be happier. I was told that Beloit was not the place to be, but how I was deceived! I wouldn't send them to get an experience in high school anywhere else. They really have that Purple Pride.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2007

This is a really great school. The opportunities that exist here are far greater then most schools in the nation. The current principals goal was to, 'make purple knight nation the best place to be in the world', and I think he has succeeded. I am in 11th grade and look forward to one more year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 3, 2006

Beloit Memorial(BMHS) is a great schoool if you ask me. My son was a 'straight A' student at HHS and has continued that at BMHS through his junior year. BMHS has allowed him to advance in math as he has the opportunity to take calculus and courses at the college(BC) because of their 4 class-block system, something he never would have had the opportunity to do at HHS. So for a school that isn't suppose to be much, it offers all the essential classes for advanced students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2005

Beloit Memorial is a good school if you would like a lot of rules. The whole school disrtict has too many rules. They have closed campus starting 2006 for all students, and that is really unfair for the students that are responsible and make it to class on time. Teachers don't go out of their way, once it is 3:30, they are leaving and they ain't staying. They get there at 7:55, right before the start of school, and just don't care if they meet the students at the door. Memorial doesn't give a whole lot of oppurtunity to their students. The athletic system keeps getting stricter and stricter evry year, and the school board keeps eliminating things in the name of 'budget cuts'.If you can go to another school, go to it, do not go to Beloit Memorial.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

398 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

398 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2014.

398 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2014.

398 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
63%
Social Studies

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

398 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
72%
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 Students55%
Female61%
Male48%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin63%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities3%
Not disabled64%
English learners3%
Proficient in English59%
Not migrant55%

Math

All Students30%
Female27%
Male32%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin37%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities3%
Not disabled35%
English learners0%
Proficient in English32%
Not migrant30%

Reading

All Students29%
Female28%
Male31%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin35%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities2%
Not disabled34%
English learners0%
Proficient in English31%
Not migrant29%

Science

All Students61%
Female56%
Male67%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin73%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities13%
Not disabled70%
English learners12%
Proficient in English66%
Not migrant61%

Social Studies

All Students63%
Female62%
Male63%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin73%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities13%
Not disabled72%
English learners16%
Proficient in English67%
Not migrant63%
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 44% 73%
Hispanic 27% 10%
Black, not Hispanic 26% 10%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 1%
Asian 1% 4%
Multiracial 1% 2%
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 15%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 11%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 77%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 61%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 96%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

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Beloit, WI 53511
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