"We are best known for IB diploma program."
Students enrolled 1500
Hours 7:35 AM - 2:40
School leader Jennifer Smith
Transportation options no info
District Milwaukee School District

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1801 W Olive St
Milwaukee, WI 53209

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4 stars
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September 16, 2014
The school is pretty good . The students score high on math & reading . Can't really ask for more .

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2014
The high school is separate from the middle school they have two separate buildings and administrations Great Schools should designate as such.

- submitted by a community member
December 13, 2013
My daughter is in her junior year at King. In a sense, King is a school within a school where all students are expected to achieve but there is a clear path for those that are particularly focused. By junior year, students branch off into higher level classes, particularly in math or science. That's when the rigor really takes off and students are in a classroom of like-minded peers supported by talented teachers. Yes, it's an old, urban public school so it's no frills - no salad bar or heated pool. But the extracurriculars are extensive and there are many opportunities for competition using your brain, not just sports. King graduates are recruited by top colleges due to high ACT scores and the well-rounded approach to IB education. King kids are different, they are in an urban school and interact across broad cultural and economic experiences. Despite all of the competition, the kids support one another and are proud to boast about a colleagues "perfect" ACT score or free ride to Madison. They are in it together. One wish: Superintendent Thornton, please leave the high performing schools alone. Take the best of what they do and replicate it where possible.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
My daughter has attended King since 9th grade she's now a Sr. I have no issues with the staff and their leadership. Academically they push the students to strive to do above what is required of the average student. I think that is going to help the students better adapt to college life. My concern is King ranks well on paper but in my opinion they have the same issues as schools that are not up there academically.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
I go to Rufus King Highschool and im not all into school spirit but I really do love my school. It is very diverse and brings challenges to students like myself, who find the curriculum in other schools too simple. Other mps students find Rufus King students "stuck up" because we work hard and take pride in our work. Just like every other school there are some idiots who act out, but that is inevitable.

- submitted by a community member
July 25, 2013
I wouldn't say the Middle Year Program is bad but its really difficult in the 6 grade. The teachers was really unorganized with work, tests, homework,and the students are really full of themselves, ignorant, and you know what I mean, i'm not trying to be mean but they wanted to their stuff their own way, last year they made the Art teacher cry, they were all up in drama and fights, it was really really ghetto. Though the classes are really much of a help, I took tutoring for math and science and it raised up to a B and C, I recommend taking the tutoring classes or ask the teacher for extra credit. My last GPA was 2.5 and I barely pasted music, the teacher for music was gone so they replaced a new one but he was horrible, he gave me a U and wrote review that said I didn't turned in my worksheets, it doesn't mean you have to give me a U for not turning in ONE project. any all the school is very bipolar but I might recommend going to a other school if you dont think the school is perfect for you child, its a IB school though so you may learn more, the highschool is good choice to get into a college or to get a diploma (im a 7th grader)

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2013
My oldest sister goes rufus king high school and from what I heard it's really a good school.

- submitted by a community member
December 08, 2012
Nobody don't have any bad reviews about the high school. But all the bad reviews are towards the middle school campus is horrible. Everyone has good reviews about the HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS. The high school campus is filled with harvard-type students who wants to learn. I worked at the middle school campus and it was HORRIBLE. FIGHTS ALMOST EVERYDAY and over-crowded classrooms. But at RUFUS KING- HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS IT'S WHOLE NOTHER STORY. I worked at other MPS high schools and it was NOTHING like king high school. Rufus King high school is a challenging academic focused high school and all of the students are HIGH CLASS. Many students get excellent grades in my class. They are so focused on getting prepared for college and their near future. Rufus king is a really awesome school. I advise ANYONE to apply here.

- submitted by a teacher
November 10, 2012
I really love Rufus King and there has not been ONE fight as far as I seen. The teacher's teach very well when giving the lecture. Some parents don't want to send their children here because of the neighborhood it's located in. But parents DO NOT have to worry about that. This school is racially diverse (Hispanic, Asian and caucasion) and it is VERY mixed with all cultures. Nobody has had any problems with the neighborhood. Rufus King is such a good school and I hope that they continue to ONLY accept children who wants an education and with excellent behavior. This is the BEST MPS school to send your child to. 29 students at BAY VIEW high school got arrested, riverside has a lot of fights (Even though it has a good reputation), Hamilton has a lot of fights, and vincent high school has a lot of fights. But if you want to send your child to an excellent high school in the milwaukee area. I advice REAGAN and KING a choice. I wish the best for this school and that it continues to stay the way it is currently performing. I LOVE RUFUS KING AND I COULDN'T FIND ANY BETTER HIGH SCHOOL. As an ASIAN, I think that it's great that Rufus King has an ASIAN CLUB.

- submitted by a community member
November 01, 2012
RUFUS KING HIGH SCHOOL is not comparable to the Middle school campus at all. There are two teachers in one class at once, so the student-to-teacher ratio is very excellent. This is my daughter's freshman year and she loves it. She lives in west allis, wisconsin and she gets transported nearby. The school offers transportation in a lot of milwaukee areas. She says that there's never been ONE FIGHT just yet. This school is just excellent, despite the neighborhood it's located in. She has a 3.500 GPA. I am very proud of rufus king and I regret not sending my other children here. The school also educates students with a lot of different ethnicities.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
The new leadership is very knowledgeable about what it takes to manage an IB program, as well as sensitive to the needs of students in the city. He has a vision for not just the two campuses that are considered to be one school but for what is possible in the IB world of MPS. The teachers are committed before, during and after school. They make themselves available to students and are accessible to parents. Many attend school sporting events and show their support financially as well as in person. The level of work is well at the college level and will provide students the lead they will need to succeed beyond high school.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2012
I'm an 8th grade student at the Rufus King Middle Years Campus (the proper name thank you) and I think the classes are just fine. I don't know what happens in the 7th and 6th grade classes, my classes are no where near theirs. Our teachers tell us about how their old school have been SO BAD and that we're so much better than them. And we just took our MAP testing, our teacher we had said our scores were a lot higher than her other schools. Last year our MAP testing scores were high above all the other middle schools and above National Average.

- submitted by a student
April 24, 2012
I think that this school is amazing and has an EXCELLENT SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM. They have classes specially for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Visually Impaired, Autism, and Emotional Disorders. My daughter is in the DHH (Deaf and Hard of Hearing) program and she loves it and the teachers is nice. Shout out to Ms.Elko and Mr. Cullison for running an EXCELLENT DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING PROGRAM. I think that we should encourage our Special Needs Students to attend Rufus King, not just students with High Achievements. Rufus King should post more information about their Special Education Program on their Website. I LOVE RUFUS KING.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2012
That's my sister the one who posted before. I think that we SHOULD encourage more special education students to attend Rufus King. It has helped my Neice become more independent being Deaf. My son is in the Autism Program and loves it!!!! It has helped him to. RUFUS KING RULES!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2012
My child is a high school student and has become an incredible intellect, far above most professional adults I know. The school delivers on its promise to educate the whole child. My only criticism is that the school board does not support the school and the mission, subjecting them to the unfair and cruel rules of allowing teachers to be moved from other schools based on seniority and not commitment to the IB mission.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2011
Rufus King International School is the best high school in the state and provides all races and cultures of students a great high standarded education. The IB program also is a very hard program that prepares students for college and all the hard work, and learning time mangement skills.

- submitted by a teacher
March 31, 2011
Classes are challenging, and teachers do an excellent job of preparing students in IB-focused classes to succeed in college. Overall, there's a high level of student activity, involvement and community pride.

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February 24, 2010
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November 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
Rufus King provides a serious academic atmosphere within a caring environment. These people are the movers and shakers of the world and they do it with style and grace!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 21, 2009
Rufus King provides an exemplary high school educational program to a diverse student population in an urban environment. Students set high standards for themselves and work exceedingly hard to achieve their goals. Teachers are dedicated to teaching and assisting their students accomplish their goals.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 21, 2009
It is the best school anywhere. It sets high standards for it's students. Students have good attendance.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 21, 2009
Rufus King is the best school because of the students and their character and motivation to succeed and make the world a better place. They are driven and excell in all they do.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
Rufus King has helped my son become an independent learner -- and have a lot of fun!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
I just attended my freshman son's first paret-teacher conference last night; and I was blown away by the parental attendance! Parent waiting lines were long for every teacher; I was there for almost two hours-yet the teachers never seemed rushed or haggard; they cheerfully took the time to answer all my -and other parents that I could see- questions and concerns. My son also tells me he 'really likes' King, despite the academic challenges -i.e, workload and expectation of excellence- that he has to balance along with playing football. All that, plus the top-ranked public high school in Wisconsin(Newsweek). What more could a parent ask for?

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
The students, staff and administration work hard to make Rufus King the best school in the state. There are high expectations and opportunities.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2009
My child is incredibly happy with Rufus King High School. She is taking a full IB courseload and is thriving.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
I graduated from King. It prepared me for college and beyond. In addition to just receiving a great education, I enjoyed my time there because of the dedicated teachers and diverse body of students. I now have a network of Rufus King graduates who all became successful and are doing great things with their lives and communities.

- submitted by a community member
January 15, 2009
I feel Rufus King is a great school because of the IB program allowing the students a better learning experience as we prepare for college. King is also a very integrated school allowing for a well rounded student body.

- submitted by a student
January 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2008
The best high school in Wisconsin, as rated by Newsweek for several years now, Rufus King is the best MPS high school a parent can send his or her child to. The IB program is so rigorous (college-level courses, 4,000-word college-level research paper, 150 hours of community service, Theory of Knowledge course) that there is no doubt college will be a breeze. The school's student body is rather diverse and open-minded. King also has great extracurricular opportunities - from Basketball to Model UN, Golf to Forensics. If your child takes advantage of the most challenging courses available, and endeavors the full IB program (requiring 6 IB classes and the aforementioned components of the Extended Essay, TOK, and CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) hours), he or she will be extremely well-prepared for college, and depending upon the results of their IB tests, could gain sophomore status when entering college. I strongly recommend (outofwords).

- submitted by a student
June 06, 2008
I'm a graduate of King currently in a PhD program out of state, and I can honestly say that it was the best education that I could possibly have had. King regularly sends students to the best universities in the country (and the world - thanks to the IB program). I don't know why it scored a 6 according to this website, but I assure you that the education is better than anything available in metropolitan Milwaukee - public or private, city or suburbs. It attracts a talented and extremely diverse student body, and the teachers are among the best in the city. The IB program is one of the school's most valuable assets, and it prepares students extremely well. Don't be persuaded by the flashy buildings and Advanced Placement stats of the private and suburban schools - King is the best route to the Ivy League in Milwaukee.

- submitted by a student
April 05, 2008
The teachers there have one goal: teach the students full material in a positive atmosphere that ables all to learn. I'm a freshman and was amazed at how organized and committed my teachers were to teaching us. You don't get this much out of MPS, so I was very pleased to be able to attend a school that does. The student body is very diverse and friendly, so being social here isn't a problem at all.

- submitted by a student
January 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 10, 2007
As an employee of MPS and Rufus King High School, I can honestly say that I have never seen a school that is more focused on student achievement that Rufus King. The teachers either have their masters degree in their content area or are working to obtain it. The IB curriculum is a college bound program that focuses students on learning and critical thinking; this is the complete oposite of the Advance Placement programs that exisit in most high schools. In most schools, students are chosen to participate in the more rigorous academic programs. At Rufus King, students and parents self-select to participate in the IB program. The percentage of kids involved in this program is astounding. I have never seen anything like it! I am proud to be a part of this school and its academic program!

- submitted by a community member
October 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 10, 2007
Its one of the best schools in Wisconsin! It has the IB program which expands the future options for every student that takes the courses, it has over 150 clubs/ activities ( including almost every sport you can think of), and its in a beautiful neighborhood!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
This is a very good school! the #1 highschool in wiscsonsin.. And has the best academmic prgrams and teaching criteria... Choose king!

- submitted by a student
January 07, 2006
I'm not a parent but i do currently attend king. I think it is a great school, the courses that are available are challenging and at the same time a benefit to its students. I have to say that i enjoy the school. Although there tends to be a lot of students in the classes, i am still able to learn and focus on the task at hand. I would recommend this school to anyone because it is an overall good school. I feel safe while in the building and it is just and overall good enviroment to be in.

- submitted by a student
August 04, 2005
I believe king is a great school. I know from first hand experience. I was a graduate class of 2000.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2005
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- submitted by a student
October 13, 2004
Too many kids in the classes, teachers don't want to teach and too many kids in the school.

- submitted by a student
October 12, 2004
I have a senior and a freshman at Rufus King, and I couldn't be more pleased with the school as a whole. My children feel valued by the staff as well as by the student population which is very diverse and friendly. When my daughter got lazy in her schoolwork, her teachers communicated with us and continued to encourage and support her through it. King has high standards for college bound students which challenges them in many ways. King's varied extracurricular activities and sports program has something for every student to be active in and help them grow as a person.

- submitted by a parent
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According to Newsweek Magazine, Rufus King is consistently ranked top in Milwaukee and in the State of Wisconsin on the rigor index and one of the top 250 high schools in the nation. The International Baccalaureate Program drives the entire culture of the school.

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October 28, 2013

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Rufus King International School
1801 W Olive St, Milwaukee, WI  53209
(414) 267-0700
Last modified Rufus King International School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Rufus King International School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews.