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.
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.
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.
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)
I WOULD BET MONEY THAT ALL OF THE GOOD RATINGS ARE FROM THE SAME PERSON WHO IS EITHER A STAFF MEMBER OR RELATIVE OF A STAFF MEMBER!!
My oldest sister goes rufus king high school and from what I heard it's really a good school.
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.
My son is currently in 6th grade at Rufus and i am ready to pull him out..its not necessarily the teachers i have had great communication with them but its the class size for 6th graders in general, I have dropped in various times and each class I go into is oversized for the one teacher they have...there is NO reason pone teacher should have more than 25 students 30 the MAX...I have ben told by one of my sons teachers that it is very hard to teach because once one student get off task and they try to re direct another couple of students get off task then the whole class. Again the teachers are wonderful and they can only do so much they need help or to increase enrollment.
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.
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.
Rufus King middle school is a NIGHTMARE!!!! I had to pull my 6th grade son out after 6 weeks of starting. The staff does not follow through with you. The assistant principal nor the counselors return urgent phone calls. PLEASE don't put your child in the middle years campus if you care about his/her learning. They shouldn't have been able to put Rufus King on the outside of this building. It does not live up to the Rufus King motto. Also the classes are way over-crowded 35-40 students with one teacher. RUN as fast as you can from the middle years campus!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
The Middle School is HORRIBLE!!!! I also had to pull my daughter from there after about a month of her starting 6 th grade, Its like a zoo without the keeper. There are too many students in classes with 1 teacher, (35) kids The teachers are guaranteed to burn out. There are fights daily. NOT A PLACE FOR LEARNING!!!
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.
Rufus King Middle School is HORRIBLE. If you value your child's education don't make the same mistake I did. The Middle School is not comparable to the High School at all. My daughter started 6th grade and we spent two months of hell dealing with this school. Her class had a total of 5 different teachers over the course of two months and they rarely used the math book. If a school is going to encourage STEM careers it might be helpful to know math. There are too many kids and the teachers aren't able to maintain classroom order. There have been fights in the classroom, hallway and outside after school. The kids are constantly talking in the class and my daughter had to ask on several occasions to go in the hallway to complete her work due to the noise. I spent 4 1/2 hours waiting in lines during parent teacher conferences. I ended up pulling my daughter out of school. I was on a mission ot move out of the Milwaukee School district. My daughter now goes to school in a different area. She is happy and well supported at her new school which is something she never received at Rufus.
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.
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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