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Hamilton Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 735 students

 

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Posted January 11, 2014

Hamilton is a good school. There are a lot of disrespectful kids there though. They swear on the bus everyday and the buses are very crowded. Most of the teachers are good, but some obviously don't want to and shouldn't be teaching. One of the special ed teachers named Ms. Barrientos needs to know that she isn't the teacher and that she doesn't have to teach us things excruciatingly slow and ten times. It can also get caught and squashed in the crowds after school, before school, and on the bus (the morning bus is much less crowded). Although I like this school, they need to increase the math standards and revise their teaching technics. I have had a lot of great teachers like Ms. Kalscheur, Mr. Glanville, Ms. Klaas. The libraries and librarians are great too. I love the school they just need to work on a few things.


Posted February 17, 2010

Hamilton is a good school. Mrs Rittman is a really nice teacher, the bus rides are awful though, and I have to wait forever outside at 7 in the morning for the bus to come and most of the time its late, other than that Hamilton is a great school
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 16, 2009

Hamilton is a great school. The hallways are a bit rowdy and a little bit too narrow. You'll definitely get squished when school is out for the day, going to the lunchroom and transitioning between classes. Some of the teachers rocks, like my sixth grade teachers, Ms. Haase and Ms. Bauer. They're perfect examples of incredible teachers. But some of the teachers just stand there and drone on and on and seemed to be bored with everything they teach. Mr. Nguyen is a good teacher but he seems to have trouble remembering names of certain people including me (it's probably he also has to cram all those equations into his brain along with names of 200 people). He can be a little hard to understand in the first few weeks of school, but over time you'd get use to it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2009

This school is ok overall. I agree with the 'ten' rating, but many things could be changed. First of all, there is no school transportation included, students have to pay for, and take, special public transportation [city busses]. The after school programs are good, but the school does not do a good job of informing parents of the activities. Mrs. Crawford [Asst. Principal] is AWESOME. Not very diverse, if you have a minority child, could be culture shock.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2008

Speaking as a student in Hamilton, I'd have to say it's okay. The after-school activities are nice, and most of the teachers are great, but the halls are noisy in between classes. The lunchroom is also ear-splitting, and riding the bus is rough, and there are not many seats. There is also a good deal of homework in eighth grade, but not very much in sixth and seventh. However, the teachers are incredible. Most of mine have been humorous, positive and lots of fun. Mrs. Bauer and Mrs. Bechen are two amazing teachers. There are a few teachers that are not as good, though. Mrs. Tuccinardi gives lots assignments and hard tests. Mr. Nyugen is a good teacher, though often hard to understand and sometimes accidentally teaching us math we know nothing about. The trophies from various math competitions (over forty of them) are slightly on the intimidating side.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 22, 2006

High academic standards, with plenty of afterschool activities and club. Very involved parent community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2005

I think Hamilton is a good school for very independent students who have good study habits and students who have severe disabilities but for a student like my son who's somewhere in the middle, smart but not totally motivated, and is currently in 8th grade at Hamilton, I've not been overly impressed. There are surely good teachers at Hamilton but many should consider seeking employment elsewhere. It's clear that many are burned out. If a teachers are bored with teaching students will be bored with learning. A teacher who's most impressed me is Mrs. Bauer, my sons 6th grade teacher at Hamilton.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2004

A very good school. One of my two students needed special ed.; the service they provide and the care they showed were superb.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2004

Most of the teachers at this school are pretty good, there are some real clunkers but that's to be expected anywhere. Mr. Nyugen is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.
Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

251 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 36% in 2014.

251 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

244 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 37% in 2014.

244 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%
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

The state average for Language Arts was 63% in 2014.

224 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

224 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 33% in 2014.

224 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2014.

224 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 79% in 2014.

224 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
91%

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

Math

All Students72%
Female71%
Male73%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian73%
Hispanic40%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin82%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities29%
Not disabled76%
English learners27%
Proficient in English74%
Not migrant72%

Reading

All Students69%
Female73%
Male66%
Black, not of Hispanic originn/a
Asian56%
Hispanic45%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin80%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities17%
Not disabled75%
English learners27%
Proficient in English72%
Not migrant69%
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

Math

All Students73%
Female77%
Male70%
Black, not of Hispanic origin32%
Asian78%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin80%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities50%
Not disabled76%
English learners33%
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant73%

Reading

All Students74%
Female80%
Male70%
Black, not of Hispanic origin31%
Asian66%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin85%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities43%
Not disabled79%
English learners0%
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant74%
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

Language Arts

All Students83%
Female82%
Male83%
Black, not of Hispanic origin43%
Asian73%
Hispanic75%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin91%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities36%
Not disabled90%
English learners9%
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant83%

Math

All Students78%
Female76%
Male79%
Black, not of Hispanic origin31%
Asian73%
Hispanic75%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin86%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities32%
Not disabled84%
English learners18%
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant78%

Reading

All Students66%
Female70%
Male62%
Black, not of Hispanic origin26%
Asian66%
Hispanic44%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin73%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities21%
Not disabled72%
English learners0%
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant66%

Science

All Students92%
Female89%
Male94%
Black, not of Hispanic origin84%
Asian83%
Hispanic88%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin96%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities68%
Not disabled95%
English learners55%
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant92%

Social Studies

All Students93%
Female89%
Male95%
Black, not of Hispanic origin84%
Asian83%
Hispanic94%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin96%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities72%
Not disabled96%
English learners64%
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant93%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White, not Hispanic 67% 73%
Asian 15% 4%
Hispanic 6% 10%
Multiracial 6% 2%
Black, not Hispanic 5% 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 10%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%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 87%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 57%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 99%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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ELL/ESL Coordinator
Music teacher(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

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

School Leader's name
  • Hank Schmelz
Fax number
  • (608) 204-0417

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Music teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Flag football

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance
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