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Arrowhead High School

Public | 9-12 | 2275 students

 

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Posted August 26, 2014

My siblings and I graduated from Arrowhead several years ago. I was happy to leave, and have never looked back. Most of my teachers were great (my only reason for the 2 stars), but the attitude and general atmosphere was not diverse. The school sits in a very wealthy part of the state. If you didn't wear the right clothes, own your own car, or have the right hairstyle, you were made fun of and not accepted. There were students who didn't fit in with the mold, and they were outcasts. Special needs kids did not have a place at the school; were made fun of. On one of the last days of school, one of my teachers went around the classroom and asked everyone where they were going to college - just assuming everyone was going. What a joke. My friend and I were the only ones going to a UW School; the rest were going to attend expensive private colleges. I also know there was one other kid in the class who was going to beauty school, but she didn't dare admit it. This school resides in its own bubble and that's how the community wants it. If you want your kids to possess kindness and respect for the world and people around them, do not send them here.


Posted February 12, 2014

not fun people are mean food is green some teachers are nice others horrible its not fun
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 15, 2010

We moved to the district 4 years ago from the New Berlin, WI Eisenhower district. Arrowhead offers far more academic options and extra curicular activities as a larger district compared to a smaller one. We are very pleased with the academics and postive atmosphere at AHS. My 3 children are not varsity athletes but participate in intramurals, jv sports, music, student senate, key club and academic decathlon. The school does offer more than varsity athletics. I find the teachers to be motivated and truly seem to enjoy their jobs, especially compared with other schools that my children have gone to. The campus is large (which has pluses and minuses) and the student body is not very diverse, but overall, I think AHS is a excellent public high school with a high degree of community support . The students were friendly to my "new" kids when we moved here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2010

Prepares students well academically, but too large for it's own good. Possibilities limited for too many students with sports and extracurriculars due to the overall size of school. The school (not necessarily teachers, but rather the administration and community) put extreme emphasis on boys mainstream athletics...to the point that it seems discriminatory. Over the years, discussion has occurred to break into two high schools within the district offering more opportunities, but the idea is quickly shot down by community members with the political and financial clout to do so, simply because they do not want to "water down" their athletics programs...too bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2009

My daughter graduated from Arrowhead. With the exception of a couple of teachers, I found that the staff really had very little interest in the students. As a top student, my daughter found that the teachers and counselors were ill-prepared to assist a student wanting to attend a top-notch university. Parents are not very welcome in the building - it always seemed like there was something to hide.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2009

I was not going to take time out of my workday, but I felt compelled to provide some clarity to the people who think AHS is a Sports Only School. I would like to let you know that AHS supports the largest Choral program in the state of Wisconsin. In 2009, AHS group Broadway Company was awarded the number one high school musical in the country. Its performance of CATS was signaled out by USA TODAY as the best performance by any high school in the country. Sports play a big role at AHS as does the Academic success of its students. Like every school, AHS is not for everyone. As a parent whose daughter will be attending a small collage, AHS did a wonderful job of preparing her for the future ahead and created uncountable memories which she will cherish the rest of her life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2009

We moved when my son was in 5th grade. In high school AHS placed him, motivated him and the peers were great! This was the best thing we could have done and my son who will attend college with 24 AP credits. Great family values in this community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2008

I had three children graduate from AHS. They were academically talented and athletic. They were accepted and went to very competitive colleges. However, my fourth child is in special education and we are extremely disappointed with the education that has been provided. Be very prepared to scrutinize the IEP and progress reports, and to be a strong advocate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2008

Arrowhead truly does have something for everyone. Academics, athletics for sure, but so many other opportunities to participate and grow. I'm so glad my daughter is an AHS student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2007

I am a current student at AHS and while I do not always agree with everything that goes on there, I do believe that Arrowhead is a top-notch school. I don't think you can get a better public education from any other Wisconsin high school. I was privileged enough to take a trip to an MPS school, and you really get to see just how lucky you are that you go to a school where academics are valued. It's not a matter of being supported by rich families. A good portion of AHS families are your average, middle-class families. Add in a mix of (mostly) teachers who care about the success of their students and students who care about getting somewhere in life, and you ve got Arrowhead academics. Yes, athletics are a big deal at Arrowhead, but that just adds to the high school experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 4, 2007

I would rate AHS as a top notch school. Like all school not every teacher is good but some are awesome. Prepared my oldest for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2007

I am an alumni of AHS, and I thought I'd write in and tell you all what a wonderful experience it was for me. I moved into the district as a sophomore after a year at a Milwaukee school. I can honestly say it was the best move my parents could have ever made. The academics are awesome! I went off to college with a semester finished due to AP course credit. The teachers take an interest in the student's lives, I have a few I still speak to on a regular basis, 4 years later. Football is a huge part of the AHS experience, it builds a sense of togetherness not found at most schools. What hasn't been mentioned here is the great arts program, including the Broadway Company and AHS-TV. Overall, its up to the student to make the most of the school. Go Warhawks!!


Posted September 26, 2007

Wow, from what I am hearing from some of these comments, I don't really think some people get the true understanding of Arrowhead. If your kid wants to be an outstanding achiever in academics that is 100% possible and much more possible than at any other district in the state, in my opinion. The classes range from basic to extremely challenging and the teachers are truely amazing. You won't find many better Advanced Placement (AP) teachers in the state. And all this about athletics; yes athletics are extremely popular at Arrowhead, and rightfully so, Arrowhead was ranked the #1 sports school in Wisconsin by Sports Illustrated. People come here because they are interested in allowing their child to play at a big-time athletic high school. The academics also give the school national recognition though. You don't have to be privileged to succeed at Arrowhead High School. Many have done well here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2007

If your student is a self-motivated, confident leader, or if he/she excels at a varsity sport, AHS will be a great school for you. If not, then, good luck. AHS is a factory, with 2,000+ kids. It has a mania for sports over academics. (That's varsity, prizewinning, press-generating sports, folks. Intramural 'give-all-students-healthy-experience' sports are not a priority.) Located in an affluent suburb in Waukesha County with next to no diversity, if AHS's students perform well, and they mainly do, it is often because they are privileged and from supportive successful families. It doesn't have much to do with AHS's educational rigor, in my opinion. Often, I think many of these privileged students succeed in spite of AHS, not because of it. AHS has a new superintendent this year. Maybe we will see some change. I hope so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2007

If your child needs any type of special education this is not the right school. More money is spent on football then special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2005

We must moved here this year and my daughter is in 9th grade. This school is head and shoulders above any school in Georgia where we came from. My daughter is happy, everyone is friendly. The teachers and curriculum are top notch. I am impressed at the principal and the way he has the school under control. School spirit is very high also.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

558 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

558 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2014.

558 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2014.

558 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%
Social Studies

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

558 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%
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 Students92%
Female97%
Male87%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian93%
Hispanic91%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin92%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities51%
Not disabled96%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Not migrant92%

Math

All Students73%
Female74%
Male73%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic57%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin73%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities22%
Not disabled76%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant73%

Reading

All Students68%
Female74%
Male62%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian85%
Hispanic43%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin69%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities14%
Not disabled71%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Not migrant68%

Science

All Students91%
Female91%
Male90%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian93%
Hispanic91%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin91%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities55%
Not disabled94%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant91%

Social Studies

All Students95%
Female96%
Male93%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic96%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin95%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities59%
Not disabled98%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Not migrant95%
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 94% 73%
Asian 2% 4%
Hispanic 2% 10%
Black, not Hispanic 1% 10%
Multiracial 1% 2%
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 8%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 0%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 89%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 82%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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  • Gregg Wieczorek
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