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Lafollette High School

Public | 9-12 | 1473 students

 

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Posted November 28, 2013

The 4 block is fantastic, and the teachers are extremely committed to their jobs. If a student is willing to put in hard work, La Follette can do great things for him or her.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 28, 2013

I have attended La Follette High School for two years now. My experience has been terrible, only thing good about this school is the auto shop (especially Ms. Sherwood). The staff for the most part couldn't care less about students with special needs. My case manager (of two years) doesn't even understand what my disabilities are. My IEP has been useless. Just want parents of future students to understand that La Follette is among the worst high schools in Madison. If your son or daughter has a learning disability, please consider another school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2012

IMPORTANT* First, I think it is VERY important that while test scores are very crucial (I'm a teacher with MMSD myself), LHS has the *MOST* off-site school programs in the MMSD area. The test results ARE NOT coming from only the students at LHS. They are the result of children that can no longer attend the regular MMSD public school surroundings. Not forgetting, LHS has the biggest ESL program in the area too! I am positive that there is room to improve but shame on any parent that didn't do more research than this website. LHS has an amazing open door policy. The teachers are welcoming and as long as your child is putting forth the effort ..Any LHS teacher will go the extra mile! The 4-block system is absolutely wonderful! I have a child at West and 2 at LHS. The children at LHS are high honors. While our child at west struggles through 7 classes, lessons and homework. Neither 7-class nor 4-block is better. It's just how certain children learn being key. Parents need to remember that 4-block schedules are much like college anyway! LHS parents relationships are family-like. Some of the sport coaches could improve in the organizational dept, but most of the coaches are amazing. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2011

I'm a senior at lafollette high school and I like the school but at times I feel the administration takes the fun out of high school like afer 2007 they ended the lafollette high school homecoming parade. And also I had a very difficult time transitioning from the 50 minute 7 peorid schedule in middle school to the 90 minute 4 block schedule and my grades show that and thats the reason why my GPA is so low so I hate the block schedule at lafollette the school would work alot better if it had the 50 minute 7 peorid schdeule like at East, West and Memorial. I feel like lafollette failed me and let me screw up because im not a person who like the block schedule. There are good teachers at lafollette but many of the teacher grade unfairly and the test scores at lafollette are the lowest of all 4 mmsd high schools because of the block scheduleing and the block schedule is a total failure at lafollette high school major changes need to be made at lafollette like getting rid of the block schedule and moving back to a 7 peorid schedule
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 16, 2010

Lafollette rocks, i love it, just 4 blocks? its awesome!! and i love the ASL with Mrs. Guyette. C:
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2010

LaFollette really isnt as bad as its made out to be. The four-block works really well though some kids cant handle it, and the school has a pretty good academic base. The teachers could be better, but there not the worst. The only problem is there is a lot of kids there that dont take their education seriously, and what can you really do about that. If you have a good child, who knows what they want and peer pressure cant break them, then this school is fine.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2009

Recieves a bad rep from the press, yet is a very sound school in all academic areas.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2009

This school is horrible. Some of the teachers are ok at teaching, but none of them grade fairly (wither it be changing grading scale for advancing classes, making it way to hard to get an A ect.) When I say to hard to get an A, I mean in our gym class with many people reciveing 4.0's throughout the school only 2 got an A. A lot of the teachers literatly waste our time. Behavior of students really depends. I can't say everyone's mean, but I've seen the most redictulous out-of-controll kids i have ever seen that will blow you away and people just deal with it. By the way, most people who say the block shedule is great haven't been taught through it. For asemester class teaching time is cut by 800 minutes per class. This is the cry for help from a lost student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2009

I can speak from experience(I work there) and it is not a great school. While there are some good teachers, there are too many that do not do their job, nor care about their students. It is also very unfair, not everyone faces the consequences for their actions. There is a lot of favoritism in this school. I would not recommend sending your child there.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 15, 2008

The four block is great; it allows the kids to take more courses each year. The longer classes also help the kids get ready for college. If the kids are involved with school activities they do not have problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2007

The school runs the kids through like cattle through a chute. That is the policy of this district, get them in, through and out after 4yrs of school. It doesn't matter how bad they are taught, get them through. This school has a huge problem. I see the want to make it better for our students, but they cant. There is no control over the PUNKS and THUGS. They need to sort out and expel these known problem kids. All kids need an education, but something has to be done, VERY SOON before there is a Major Problem there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2005

As I start my senior year I can't imagine the past three years in a school other than La Follette. I truly feel that the counselors, adminstrators and teachers truly care about each individual. We have a strong booster club that supports everything from extra-curricuars to academics. I have grown from the 4 block schedule and it allows me to delve deeper into my studies. I found the longer class periods useful in debates, labs, and music courses. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 18, 2004

This school is the best for anyone who what to excel in sports or acedemics. For one the school has been nationally recognized for it's overall test scores and sports so this is the best school in the big 8.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2004

Its not the School despite 'MAD's rantings. LaFollette is a great place for students who want to succeed- both in academics and extra-curriculars. Unfortunately, like many many schools in Wisconsin, budget issues threaten to gut those opportunities. Note to 'MAD'- don't wait til problems occur to get involved in the school and your childs education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2004

Big disappointment,the school is more interested in its score than the kids! They will take no blame for any thing that happens,they are very quick to point the finger, without proper fact finding! Its always the parents, the crowd they hang with or drugs. We trust them with our kids during the day, yet they take no responsibility for what goes on during that time! They are also very slow to get parent vital info, you wont know your kids grades are poor or failing until its to late to do any thing about it! They once went so far as to tell us our kid was a drug user. the tests came back negative why are we always trying to lay blame, its not the parents the drugs or the kids its the school!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 76% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
57%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 82% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

All Students60%
Female66%
Male55%
Black, not of Hispanic origin34%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic48%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin77%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities22%
Non-disabled70%
English learners37%
Proficient in English64%
Non-migrant60%

Math

All Students35%
Female34%
Male36%
Black, not of Hispanic origin18%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic20%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin49%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities9%
Non-disabled41%
English learners7%
Proficient in English39%
Non-migrant35%

Reading

All Students32%
Female31%
Male33%
Black, not of Hispanic origin14%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic29%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin41%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities5%
Non-disabled39%
English learners10%
Proficient in English35%
Non-migrant32%

Science

All Students61%
Female61%
Male63%
Black, not of Hispanic origin38%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin77%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities27%
Non-disabled71%
English learners34%
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant61%

Social Studies

All Students70%
Female73%
Male67%
Black, not of Hispanic origin48%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic66%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin83%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities30%
Non-disabled80%
English learners56%
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White, not Hispanic 47% 73%
Black, not Hispanic 22% 10%
Hispanic 17% 10%
Multiracial 7% 2%
Asian 6% 4%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 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 22%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 13%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 90%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 68%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Chad Wiese
Fax number
  • (608) 204-0435

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
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