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Bradley Technology & Trade High School

Public | 9-12 | 1063 students

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Posted June 12, 2013

Amazing opportunities for students! Bradley Tech HS offers students seeking a Tech and Trade Education the opportunity to partner with industry leaders, to job shadow, take part in internships, and to earn national industry certifications - like OSHA 10, MMSC, Work Keys, National Career Readiness, and more! Student can also earn college credits through MATC Accredited Classes, Youth Options, and Advanced Placement Courses (AP). Come see what this school has to offer! Bradley Tech is more than just a traditional high school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 18, 2012

Its A GOOD SCHOOL.. You Just Have Those Few Who Will Mess It Up For Everybody And Make It Look Bad For Everyone. But i Love TECH. Wish They Would Go Back To The Old Tech. When You Had To Take A Test to Get In And Have A 2.0 Or Better. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 24, 2011

I am currently in my senior year at Tech and I think it is a great school. They offer a lot of different classes and programs to students that can lead to a better future. The different academies make it easy to learn the intended trades. As with many other schools there are fights, and not all students go their for the intended purpose. No school goes without gang violence or fights, or any other interruptions of the sort for that matter. I also believe that the media portrays the school as worse then it really is. There are students, like myself that are able to get a good quality education regardless of what else goes on. The media should be just as quick to come with cameras and look at all the positive things us students are doing instead of only focusing on the negative aspects that are expected in an MPS high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 7, 2010

Just shameful. They donate a beautiful building and receive a school full of thugs that want to spend the day looking for fights. What a joke! They need a Lean on me moment when crazy Joe kicks out all the bad apples and allows all the kids who want to study a trade to actually pursue that trade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2010

Bradley Tech is a great school. I am currently going into my third year as a junior there. I have been going there all my high school years. Even though it has fights and some problems, it is still overall a great school that can take you very far in life. Every school has fights and problems, but not every school offers the same things Tech does. Mr. Kupka and the rest of the staff are doing a great job. The only thing I don't like is it feels like I'm back a year because everything I learned in my freshman year I learned in middle school. A lot of my middle school graduates said they took the same classes I took my sophomore year their freshman year and the classes I'm taking this year they took their sophomore year. They need to challenge us with new things.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2010

last year they had plenty of fights but their progarm its real good
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2010

i am a 2009 graduate of bradley Tech may i say well done to the teachers and new principal for making bradley tech how it is today. i predict in the next 2 years Tech will be the best in milwaukee. I would also like to say that i wish it turns into a specialty school for the students who wish to become a Trades worker.


Posted November 28, 2008

my son went here for freshman year. though school kept him learning, his safety is why i took him out because of thje gangs. ronald reagan isnt any better either... at least at tech he got help when asked at ronald reagan your on your own. thought teachers were there to teach!1
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2008

Best High School in the city, not just MPS. An astounding 90%+ go on within two months of graduation to jobs, apprenticeships,2 year or 4 year college after. A gem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2008

their beginning character education program is significant in its first year ---- walk the halls and compare to a year ago ---teachers this spring where seeking the school , leaders feel good about there invironment , seniors and other student leaders mentored the freshman this fall and started the orientation ---thats big stay tuned a business man in support of the school .


Posted October 1, 2008

I am fortunate for going to this school because I now make a living welding, which I learned while attending. Academically, it was unsatisfactory. I went to Menomonee Falls for Middle school, and I spent my four years at Tech re-learning everything I learned in Menomonee Falls. Send your children here if you want them working in a factory for the rest of their life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2006

I'm a student that went to tech in 2002-2003 for my 9th grade it was the best school i ever been to in my entire life. So if your planning to send your child or children to the best high school, this nis the school, bradley tech. ~bd 'mediea' c/o '06'~
—Submitted by a student


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Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 76% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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23%

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28%
Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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24%

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27%

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19%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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5%

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41%

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33%

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Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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25%

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Social Studies

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

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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35%

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33%
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 Students25%
Female13%
Male33%
Black, not of Hispanic origin18%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled31%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant25%

Math

All Students5%
Female0%
Male8%
Black, not of Hispanic origin2%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged3%
Not economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled7%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant5%

Reading

All Students5%
Female6%
Male4%
Black, not of Hispanic origin3%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged5%
Not economically disadvantaged5%
Students with disabilities0%
Non-disabled7%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant5%

Science

All Students25%
Female23%
Male27%
Black, not of Hispanic origin21%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled33%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant25%

Social Studies

All Students35%
Female30%
Male40%
Black, not of Hispanic origin30%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic originn/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled47%
English learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant35%
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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Percent of 12th graders taking ACT: 83%
Average Composite ACT score: 15

*Test scores are based on the 2013 WSAS results from the state of Wisconsin.

***This rating is based on composite ACT scores for all 12th graders in 2013. This rating takes into account how many students took the ACT, giving more credit to schools with a higher percentage of graduates taking the ACT exam. The ACT data is provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Climate ratings

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Promoting high academic expectations for all students.

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Informing and including families.

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black, not Hispanic 86% 10%
Hispanic 8% 10%
White, not Hispanic 4% 73%
Asian 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 1%
Multiracial 0% 2%
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 26%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 2%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Public and Private K-8
Public Middle Schools
Other High Schools
Colleges most students attend after graduation UW - Milwaukee
Marquette University
MATC
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 76%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 19%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 92%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

School leader's name Jody L Bloyer
Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
Spanish
French
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Chairmanship award First Robtics National High Honor (2011)
  • 1st. Place NARI Award (2011)
  • MSSC (Manufacturing Skills Standards Council) (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Technology
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Engineering
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Design
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:30 am
School end time
  • 2:40 pm
School Leader's name
  • Jody Bloyer
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (414) 212-2415

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Core knowledge
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Vocational education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Business management
  • Construction / building
  • Engineering
  • Industrial / graphic design

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Citywide
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Design
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • Bradley tech is fortunate to have rockwell automation, pieper power, at&t, we-energies, harley davidson, bradley foundation on our advisory board and contributors of resources. parents are invited to attend four parent/teacher conferences and one open house each school year. they are also contacted weekly via parentlink. once a month parents are encouraged to attend the school governance council meeting. our parents also volunteer to chaperone school dances, proms, pep rallies, field trips, and other school sponsored activities.
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  • Lynde and Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School (Bradley Tech) is unique in the Milwaukee Public Schools in a number of ways. Its programs empower students to meet state and national standards in trade, technical, academic, and employability skills. It is strategically located one mile south of downtown Milwaukee and currently enrolls 1,300 students. In 2005-06, Bradley Tech began a partnership with the Institute for Research and Reform in Education (IRRE) to implement the First Things First Framework within the comprehensive high school. This reform has given Bradley Tech an opportunity to embrace Small Learning Communities, Instructional Improvement, and a Family Advocacy System. The goal of this new initiative is to raise the academic performance of all students at Bradley Tech and Trade to levels required for post-secondary education and high-quality employment without remediation. To nurture student learning and support student development in a more personal environment, Bradley Tech is divided into four Small Learning Communities (SLCs): Pieper Power Academy of Construction, Rockwell Automation Academy of Advanced Engineering and Technology, AT&T Academy of Communication, and Harley-Davidson Academy of Design. Program content in each SLC includes academic curriculum required by the State of Wisconsin, technology curriculum developed from national standards, employability skills adapted from the U.S. Secretary of Labor's commission report identifying the skills young people need to succeed in the world of work, and electives for advancement or enrichment. In each SLC, freshmen explore planning and design, materials and processes, energy and power, and information technology related to their SLC focus. In sophomore, junior, and senior years, students study technology through investigation, problem solving, and application. Lessons are presented in a thematic project-based approach that integrates content and comprehensive literacy. With the Copernican 4 by 4 schedule, students can earn 8 units each year with a possible total of 32 units over 4 years. Students take four classes each quarter and can earn 1/2 a unit in each class. Each academic year consists of four quarters (terms).
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19% to gainful employment
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