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Memorial High School

Public | 9-12 | 1849 students

 

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Posted April 2, 2010

Fantastic School. Wonderful programs and a challenging enviroment that our daughter is thriving in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2009

As i turn into a senior, i feel that this school has offered me a great education for future. I admit that there is no perfect school; there are always good and bad. However, the student body is very diverse with some number of smart students. I also have seen some exchange students from other countries. The school has AP/honor classes as well as a lot of various classes, like art, business, music, ESL,etc. Most teachers are very nice and they try to help if you ask for it even outside of class. I am not that active kind of student, so I had little bit of hard time to adjust to school when I came during sophomore year. But if you actively involve in extra curricular activities, it will be fine. I recommend this school for those of you who commit yourself to be successful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2009

As i turn into a senior, i feel that this school has offered me a great education for future. I admit that there is no perfect school; there are always good and bad. However, the student body is very diverse with some number of smart students. I also have seen some exchange students from other countries. The school has AP/honor classes as well as a lot of various classes, like art, business, music, ESL,etc. Most teachers are very nice and they try to help if you ask for it even outside of class. I am not that active kind of student, so I had little bit of hard time to adjust to school when I came during sophomore year. But if you actively involve in extra curricular activities, it will be fine. I recommend this school for those of you who commit yourself to be successful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2008

I've had two children graduate from Memorial and have two more that will. Both of my graduates had an outstanding academic and extracurricular experience at JMM. One son required extensive special education services and JMM staff were awesome. I am very pleased with this public school exoerience and would not choose any other option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2008

We have one son who just graduated and another that is still in school. Parent involvement, teachers, avalible programs are all outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2008

As others have already mentioned, Memorial High School is an excellent school for students who are college bound. However, even the academically gifted are glad to get out due to the disruptive and violent students who also attend. This school is too big, with around 2000 students. Even with in-school 'neighborhoods', the number of students to principals/staff is too great. Teachers do try to keep parents informed. However, this school offers nothing to those students who are 'average' or academically challenged. Where are the programs that prepare students for the work world? A large number of students would do well elsewhere. Too many 'graduate' without a real education, if they are not college material. This is disgusting. A high school diploma means nothing if it only indicates that a student attended the school for a number of years, and perhaps did not even attend classes for much of the time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2008

Academics is very strong. MANY different AP subjects offered. Students wanting to take hard classes are grouped together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2008

Oh my god, I LOVE IT HERE!!!! it's the greatest!!! the school work aspect of it is kinda hard, but everything's great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2007

Memorial High School is a good school. 'School' is what you make it; teachers are overworked and underpaid and parents who complain are just that: complainers. Engaging those are who are not interested is difficult and at times impossible because of attitude. Teachers should be blessed often for the 'marathon' they is run each day, the attention that is given to students and for their giving up of personal and family time for their career. Their pay should be doubled for what they do for our sons and daughters. Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2007

Memorial is the best school in the United States of America! It has excellent education and athletic departments that give children a great head start in life...Even before college!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2007

The first poster is right on the mark - if you have a child that is identified by the school as an AP level student, the academics are pretty good. For every other student, the education is definitely sub-par, especially compared to suburban schools. Our experience with faculty is that they are largely indifferent, maintain little or no control, and often do a sloppy job in the classroom. We moved after the sophomore year just to get into a better school situation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2006

Academic programming is strong with excellent teachers in core courses (Science, Math, English, Social Studies/History). The school environment is friendly, and it offers a wide variety of fine arts and business/technology courses. We are not involved in the athletic department; but if you are interested, there are plenty of sports and other extracurricular activities to choose from.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2005

I think Memorial is a very strong school. The top 5% of students regularly are admitted to Stanford, Brown, Harvard, etc. 15-20% of the student body make it into UW-Madison and JMM has tons of AP classes. The previous poster is correct that there is a large gap between the good students and poor students. I am a former good student that realizes that Memorial provided me with an excellent foundation for my engineering education at UW-Madison, and I would highly reccommend it. Memorial provides the opportunity to have a very diverse student body, but it does focus on the students who want to learn, not the ones counting the minutes until they can drop out to become the future gas station attendents or McDonald's employees of the world. The teachers on the whole are excellent as well, especially in science and math.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 10, 2004

At Memorial, great attention is given to the academically superior students. Unfortunately, this is done at the expense of all the other students. Little effort is made to engage 'indifferent' students and to try interest them in learning. Much emphasis on hard science and math class -- little in the way of humanities or liberal arts. (Drama/arts programs are almost non-existent.) Memorial is a very hostile environment for most students. School would probably benefit from integrating a 'service-learning' component into its curriculum and get away from the focus on producing Merit Scholars.
—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.

422 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

422 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2014.

422 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2014.

422 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%
Social Studies

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

422 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%
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 Students68%
Female74%
Male62%
Black, not of Hispanic origin26%
Asian83%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin85%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities24%
Non-disabled77%
English learners28%
Proficient in English71%
Non-migrant68%

Math

All Students53%
Female56%
Male50%
Black, not of Hispanic origin12%
Asian70%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin73%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities12%
Non-disabled62%
English learners14%
Proficient in English57%
Non-migrant53%

Reading

All Students52%
Female53%
Male51%
Black, not of Hispanic origin14%
Asian71%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin68%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities15%
Non-disabled60%
English learners22%
Proficient in English54%
Non-migrant52%

Science

All Students72%
Female75%
Male71%
Black, not of Hispanic origin37%
Asian79%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin91%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities34%
Non-disabled81%
English learners25%
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant72%

Social Studies

All Students80%
Female84%
Male76%
Black, not of Hispanic origin47%
Asian86%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin94%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities37%
Non-disabled89%
English learners50%
Proficient in English82%
Non-migrant80%
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 53% 73%
Black, not Hispanic 18% 10%
Hispanic 12% 10%
Asian 11% 4%
Multiracial 5% 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 19%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 10%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 88%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 70%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 97%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Bruce Dahmen
Fax number
  • (608) 442-2197

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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