Having gone to two different high schools, I can honestly tell you that Homestead isn't all that. It is a very mediocre school compared to where I went to school before. Mind you, I lived in a very affluent area previously, home to some of the best high schools in the nation. I guess I sort of had high expectations coming to Mequon. If Homestead is considered one of the best schools in Wisconsin, then Wisconsin must have a poor education system. The school itself is filled with faculty members who lie to make the school look good. People have gone off to some very prestigious colleges, but that's only because they were born smart, and probably have enough money to pay for a tutor. The school has a decent variety of classes, but the teachers don't always teach very well and are discriminatory. All the school really cares about is sports, when they could use that money to actually pay for useful things that will benefit a students education. They have mouse traps throughout the school as well as mold, which shows you that they don't take very good care of the school itself. Mequon rich? Hardly. There are places outside of Mequon that are far more nice and affluent.
You couldn't ask for a better public school. They have excellent academics, sports as well as art programs. It has great teachers, courses and resources. although there are groups but you are not going to find a less stuck up high school. The orchestra and band programs are excellent and so are the acting classes/drama club. Obviously it focuses of sports so if you are looking for athletics it is a school to go to. Overall you or you child will have fantastic opportunities and preparation for college both socially and academically.
Homestead High School recently received a rating of "Significantly Exceeds Expectations" from the Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction. It was the only large high school in the state to receive this honor and the only high school in the Milwaukee area. Only 68 schools in the entire state received this rating! HHS is a comprehensive high school with offerings for just about any student interest, and its district, Mequon-Thiensville, was named Best Suburban School District by Milwaukee Magazine the last two years. The principal is outstanding and has initiated programs like AVID, designed to work with students in the academic "middle." The teachers, in conjunction with a recent move to trimesters, have overhauled the curriculum to bring it in line with recently approved common core standards. The school added 3 more AP classes this year and plans to add 3 more next year, in addition to adding several classes which allow students to earn credit through Univerisity of Wisconsin schools (dual credit). Last year, HHS received an honor from the ACT organization recognizing its use of data to make better decisions about understanding student performance. Best school in the state!
Homestead is a very good school. Most graduates end up surprised about how easy collage is. The teachers are very supportive and provide help at any needed time. I've emailed them at 9 at night for hw questions and 10 minutes later they reply back. Yes, there are clicks, but they mostly don't intermix, however they don't bully each other. There is a no bullying tolerance, but some still happens. We have 2 in-school cops and popular to the contrary belief, homesteads drug problem is at about the average of all public high schools. They do not drink because they think it is 'ghetto'; they do it because it's 'fun'. Besides, only the 'popular' do it. I'm very thankful to be in the MTSD school district.
The students at this school are stuck up and fake. The academic part of the school is average for a 'good school district' school. The athletics are obviously what the administration focuses on. The students know nothing about how lucky they are to have rich parents who can afford to live in Mequon. Some teachers are really good, but they all favor the popular students. The parents are all overly involved in their students highschool and think their kids are saints, when really, everyone does drugs and drink because it's 'ghetto'.
Honestly this school isnt the best of choices. I have to say the sports wing of the school is phenomenal, but creativity in this school is very lacking. Students in this school are very stuck up and like to spread rumors, teachers like to make jokes of students on what they hear, and the cop lets kids smoke cigarettes outside at lunch. There are A LOT of drugs such as Weed, Xanax, painkillers (Oxycodone, Vicodin), study drugs (Ritalin, Adderall), and tobacco going around in school. Within my first week of the school I could verify 5 dealers. But the drugs don't bother me as much as the bullying and separation of the students. There are many cliches that are offensive in the school, and a lot of prejudice black, and jew jokes go on. Even the moms in Mequon like to spread rumors. If you have a creative outlet such as music, acting, or art DO NOT go to this school. I support a lot of the in city schools for that. Some teachers are cool and have been teaching in the districts a majority of their lives! I also recommend football players going here as it has a great program! As far as faculty (Principals, etc.) they have no idea what's going on and ridicule the kids sometimes. 2/5
Homestead is by far the best high school in the area. After talking to other parents who attend neighboring high schools, it is very obvious that Homestead has much more challenging courses. Their athletics, fine arts, facilities are top notch. The teachers are great.
I have 3 children go through this school. The 2 boys coped well with the challenging pace but felt the clicks, competitiveness lead to unhappiness. The oldest son graduated out of uwsp and now is in Law School. He had spent 2 years at Rufus King prior and in looking back states he got more out of the teachers at this school. He felt that Homestead was not supportive in building self esteem and ended up having no friendships there. The next son also did not like the school but due to his ability to cope with the cariculum, did well. My daughter however is an average student and needed help. Help needed was not given and so someone very talented and bright crumbled and her self esteem destroyed due to the encouraged competitiveness and lack of control the school has over the demeaning clicks. Comradship,self awareness is missing.
Both of my kids and their father graduated from Homestead and were very prepared to tackle the world. Good teachers, involved parents and great facilities. Fantastic fine arts program with committment to excellence in that area
Great record of academic achievement and my daughter entering senior year is becoming very well prepared to attend an excellent university
Homestead has great teachers, a great atmosphere and is a perfect environment for learning and success!
Both of my sons are excelling in college due to their excellent education and support received from HHS. A great education at an incredible bargain!
I am a former student of Homestead High School and I must say how pleased I am with how well the school prepares you for college. I was just as nervous as the next student my freshman year of college, but I was so relieved that all my hard work paid off. The faculty at HHS have your best interest in mind, and are very focused on helping you succeed. The guidance department is phenomenal as well. I highly recommend this school, and Mequon-Thiensville School District as a whole to those looking for a great place to send their kids for an education. HHS is located in a wonderful, safe, family orientated community.
District is not what it used to be or could be again. My eldest went through the school 10 years ago. My youngest just started. Classes are much more full, some well over 30 students in one class. Teacher quality and personal attention has dropped off as well. It seems that some really good faculty have just picked up and left. I would recommend looking around before sending your kids here.
Hands down, Homestead High School is the best high school in the state of Wisconsin, whether private or public. No other schools compare to the quality of administration, faculty ad college preparation , stated the previous post. Phenomenal performances in sports teams year after year, outstanding academics, holding the highest average ACT score in the state, patient and helpful teachers in all subject areas, a huge variety of classes to take including a large number of AP classes, and a National Blue Ribbon school, this is the place to attend grade 9-12. Located in Mequon, WI, a very wealthy and family oriented community, homestead is well supported by the local residents. Parental involvment is very great at Homestead, which helps this school succeed. This nationally recognized school is definitely a school to consider, if you are looking for your children to have a well prepared future in whatever they desire!
I would also like to say that Homestead is the finest school all of Wisconsin-public or private. Nearby private/prep schools cannot compare with Homestead as far as quality of administration, faculty, and college preparation. The school boasts the highest ACT scores in WI (WI has highest average ACT scores in the US), is an absolute powerhouse for sports, and gives every child the opportunity to succeed. The community is affluent and family-oriented, which only stengthens the values taught at Homestead. I agree with a previous review that stated, 'If you're moving to WI, this is the school you want to send your kids to.' HHS's English program is incredible- easily the best I've ever seen (my three children went to three different high schools). HHS also earned commendation as a National Blue Ribbon School as part of the No Child Left Behind Program in 2004 (one of only two in WI).
Homestead gives you so many oppurtunties to excel. Not only does it prepare you for college it prepares you for life. Without the excellent staff, and enviornment I would not be where I am today.
I am a student at Homestead High School and I love this school because there are so many classes you have to choose from and the extracurricular activities are great. We have some of the best coaches for a lot of our sports and so many students that attend Homestead have a positive attitude about it because we know we are getting probably the best education provided in the area.
Best school in the state. Better than the private university prep school. More AP courses, more opportunities. If you're moving to Milwaukee, this is the suburb to move to if public schooling is a priority.
It's a wonderful fun and an all around great school. It is full of oppertunities for all students. Great teachers. Great Curriculim. Homestead is the best school ever! If your searching for a school on the area your search is over go here!
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